Press Releases There Might Be a Faster and Cheaper Way to Test for Myopia The research comes from Flinders University in Australia. Published 8 months ago on January 15, 2020 By INVISION Staff Share Tweet (PRESS RELEASE) Myopia could become significantly easier to assess, according to a group of scientists. Progressive research at Flinders University in Australia has identified a new method to measure how it affects the eye, a new article in PLOS ONE reveals. INVISION Podcast Podcast: Talking with the Finest, Hippest of Them All About Why There are No Ball Point Pens in Her Shop INVISION Podcast Licensed or Not, Member or Not, the Opticians Association of America is Here for You [Podcast] INVISION Podcast Drs. Adam Ramsey and Darryl Glover Talk About Fostering Relationships Between Black ECPs and the Industry at Large The work was based on testing of 70 volunteers, with the Flinders ophthalmology and medical device research institute experts taking a novel approach with optical coherence tomography (OCT), a device already available in most optometric and all ophthalmic practices. “Our work uses the OCT and finds irregularities at this scale that correlate with the size of the eye, and therefore the degree of myopia,” says eye specialist Dr. Stewart Lake, from Flinders University. “This may help monitor, measure, and explore the effects of myopia and how it leads to vision loss,” he says, adding that further development could make the system suitable for use in regular clinical practice. Advertisement Prior research elsewhere with MRI scanning has demonstrated large scale irregularities in the eyeball in highly myopic eyes. OCT can sample the shape of the eye on a much smaller scale than MRI. The OCT testing will be far cheaper, is more readily available and repeatable as a test, researchers say in the article. Myopia (short or near-sightedness) is for many an inconvenience requiring glasses or contact lens to correct. However, globally it is an epidemic and a major cause of vision loss and sometimes blindness. Myopia is defined practically by the strength of lens required to correct eyesight. It was already known that myopia relates strongly to the size/length of the eyeball. Global estimates forecast up to 5 billion people will have myopia and 1 billion people could suffer with high myopia by 2050, placing a significant burden on health systems to manage and prevent myopia-related ocular complications and vision loss. This seven-fold increase, between 2000 and 2050, would make myopia the leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide. 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