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.

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UW Medicine