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Editorial
August 11, 2020

Reducing the Progression of Myopia

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Editor, JAMA Ophthalmology
JAMA. 2020;324(6):558-559. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.10953

Myopia, or nearsightedness, causes blurry vision that usually is corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. The lifetime prevalence of myopia has been reported to be 80% to 90% in population-based studies in Asia.1 Myopia is also very common in other parts of the world, with a prevalence of almost 50% in many parts of Europe2 and an estimated increase in prevalence from 25.0% in 1971-1972 to 41.6% in 1999-2004 in the US.3

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