Myopia, commonly known as shortsightedness or near-sightedness, is a disorder of the eye that affects people’s ability to see distant objects. Myopia occurs when the axial length of the eye (distance from the front to the back of eye) grows too long or the refractive power of the cornea or lens is too high. This mismatch causes incoming light to focus in front of the retina, resulting in blurry distance vision. Myopia currently affects an estimated 2.6 billion people and this number is expected to increase to 5 billion by the year 2050, which will be half of the world’s population.


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