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IMI Releases 2021 Myopia White Papers

April 28, 2021

SYDNEY, Australia — A special issue of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS) features the International Myopia Institute‘s (IMI) 2021 white papers and yearly digest.

Continuing the advancement of myopia diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and public awareness, the 2021 white papers follow the first series published in 2019 through IOVS. These landmark papers are always the subject of much excitement within the vision care industry.

“The original IMI 2019 white papers helped change the way clinicians thought of myopia – as an ocular condition versus a purely refractive issue – the latest IMI 2021 white papers continue to build on the evidence base for implementing myopia management. Practitioners, researchers, industry, and peak health bodies will find the IMI 2021 white papers valuable,” said Dr. Monica Jong, Executive Director of the IMI. “Collaboration between all eye care stakeholders is the key to advancing research, awareness, and making clinical management affordable and accessible to all children with myopia.”

Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, Chair of the IMI Impact of Myopia Taskforce and BHVI Myopia Program Leader, said, “Myopia is the fastest growing vision impairment in the world today. It has the potential to impact half the world’s population by 2050. BHVI and the IMI are deeply committed to disseminating the latest evidence-based myopia research for the benefit of all.”

The IMI 2021 white papers and yearly digest update listed below are authored by many leading global experts in myopia and present the latest research, recommendations, and updates in the field.

  • IMI 2021 Reports and Digest – Reflections on the Implications for Clinical Practice (Chair James Wolffsohn, Aston University)
  • IMI Impact of Myopia (Chair Padmaja Sankaridurg, BHVI)
  • IMI Environmental Risk Factors in Myopia (Chair Ian Morgan, Australian National University)
  • IMI Accommodation and Binocular Vision in Myopia Development and Progression (Chair Nicola Logan, Aston University)
  • IMI Pathologic Myopia (Chair Kyoko Ohno-Matsui, Tokyo Medical and Dental University)
  • IMI Prevention of Myopia and Its Progression (Chair Jost B. Jonas, Heidelberg University)
  • IMI Yearly Digest 2021 (Chairs Monica Jong, University of Canberra, and Earl Smith, University of Houston)

“High myopia will affect one billion people by 2050,” added Professor Serge Resnikoff, Chair of the IMI. “These new white papers address the impact and treatments for pathologic myopia, providing a blueprint for the way forward in tackling the myopia epidemic.”

The IMI 2019 and 2021 white papers are available from IOVS here:


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