Census shows high prevalence of pediatric myopia in US

DENVER — A study used census data to find a high prevalence of pediatric myopia in the United States, including a disparity between urban and rural children.
Patricia Fortin, MD, told Healio/OSN it is difficult to gauge the exact prevalence of myopia in the U.S., but she and colleagues believed that previous estimates of about 16 million did not seem high enough.
“With our experience seeing children in clinics, it just seems like almost every child has myopia these days,” she said at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting.
Data from Kaiser Permanente

DENVER — A study used census data to find a high prevalence of pediatric myopia in the United States, including a disparity between urban and rural children.
Patricia Fortin, MD, told Healio/OSN it is difficult to gauge the exact prevalence of myopia in the U.S., but she and colleagues believed that previous estimates of about 16 million did not seem high enough.
“With our experience seeing children in clinics, it just seems like almost every child has myopia these days,” she said at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting.
Data from Kaiser Permanente