Johnson & Johnson Vision gave a collaboration of $ 26.35 million with the Eye Eye Research institute, the research center of the Singapore National Eye Center, focusing on the treatment of disorders, non-eye impairment worldwide.
With myopia being predicted to affect half the world's population by 2050, or more than 5 billion people, J & J described an unexpected vision as the greatest threat to eye health in this century. One billion people are expected to have a severe form of myopia, which can ultimately increase the risks of retina and blindness.
The three-year public-private partnership will study how the condition develops and could be treated-with the aim of developing predictive equipment to identify those at risk of high myopia. It will also investigate therapies and possible methods to prevent start-up and sequence.
"The incidence of myopia increases at a scary rate around the world and if it can not be analyzed, human and financial tolls could be rooted in the next decades, especially in Asia," said chief officer scientific J & J, Paul Stoffels, MD in statement.
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If left unverified, myopia can lead to deterioration and retiniol separation, cataracts and glaucoma, due to the extension of the eyeball. J & J anticipates that it can be the main cause of loss and blindness irrecoverable vision.
"Documented progress in myopia, especially among young people, is a serious concern and if we can understand the basic mechanisms that contribute to its rapid progress, we can work to tackle the" a problem on its roots, "said teacher Aung Tin, executive director of SERI. For the co-operation, J & J contributes an investment of $ 15.78 million, while SERI investment equates to $ 10.57 million.
East Asia and Singapore are expected to see the greatest impact, with prevalence among young people reaching between 80% and 97%, with concentrations in urban areas. In Singapore, 75% of teenagers depend on glasses – while myopia rates increase from 10% to 80% among children in China between 6 and 18 years of age.