According to a new study, an estimated 9.6 million adults in US are highly myopic or near sighted. This is the first large-scale study ever conducted to calculate the real-world prevalence of myopic choroidal neovascularisation in US.
Myopia is a condition in which faraway objects appear blurry. Over the past several decades myopia has become increasingly common among people. . In US, the number of nearsighted people rose from about 25 per cent in the early 1970s to 40 per cent around the turn of millennium.
Nearsightedness is treatable and can be corrected with eyewear or surgery, severe nearsightedness in which the eye continues to elongate can result in complications as the eye stretches.
Out of those upon whom the research was conducted, nearly 820,000 have a degenerative form of the disease and more than 41,000 suffer a complication called myopic choroidal neovascularisation.
The study was conducted by researchers from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Genentech, the National Institutes of Health and University of California. The findings were published in the journal Ophthalmology.