Glasses to reduce myopia show promise

April 30, 2020

Glasses to reduce myopia show promise

Nearsightedness, or myopia, affects billions of people worldwide. Jay Neitz, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, explains that this is a byproduct of the modern world, as more people are indoors looking at small screens or reading books.

He developed eyeglasses intended to slow or stop the progression of myopia, and the lenses are partway through a three-year study. The results after one year are promising.

"If you’re going to wear glasses, why not wear ones that prevent your eyes from getting worse?" Neitz said.

Following the release of the results, researchers expect the glasses will first launch in Europe by June 30, 2020.

See our related news release.

Category: 
YouTube

Terms of appropriate usage of file downloads

  • News reporters and news organizations may freely republish and distribute videos, still images and audio files produced by UW Medicine and the University of Washington Health Sciences schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work).
  • Works must be attributed/credited appropriately (for example, “UW Medicine” or “University of Washington School of Pharmacy” – as denoted in the file) and must not be used for commercial purposes.
  • These visual and audio files may not be used to exploit or misrepresent UW Medicine or the University of Washington.
  • UW Medicine often licenses still images from Thinkstock but cannot grant republishing rights. You may not republish single image files credited to Thinkstock.
  • Logos of UW Medicine and University of Washington Health Sciences schools may not be republished without explicit permission. Contact us by phone or email: 206.543.3620 or mediarelations@uw.edu