There is a relatively new blindness epidemic happening around the world. It is predicted that half the world’s population will be short-sighted (or myopic) by 2050, and nearly 1 billion people will progress to dangerously high levels of myopia what can lead to profound blindness.
Most people are not aware of this new epidemic or how to guide their children’s development to avoid myopia. Sally McFadden, from the School of Psychology at UoN, is involved in supporting both the production of international guidelines with the as well as the production of an educational film about this epidemic and its possible causes. A link to a teaser for this film can be found here:
LOSING SIGHT: Inside the Myopia Epidemic
Sally has been working for decades on the science of myopia and its causes. Her dedication has led to the translation of her work into developing possible treatments for myopia. These include drugs that aim to halt the relentless progression of myopia, and for those who have already developed high myopia, bioengineering treatments that aim to stop the development of associated changes in the eye that lead to profound blindness. The Vision Sciences Group led by Sally is seeking is interested in hearing from anyone who wishes to support the important research work that will help develop these treatments. who wish to participate in this exciting work. Additionally,