Thursday, Feb 04, 2021 5:00p -
Online; hosted by the New England College of Optometry's Children's Vision Lab & Boston Public Library South End
424 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02115
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Dr. Vera-Diaz, world expert in children’s vision, is offering an informational online session on topics such as what is myopia, why is it important, what can parents do to help their children prevent myopia, and in general how to keep children's eyes healthy while going to school online. A short presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
To register and attend the event, click or copy the Zoom link:
Drs. Fuensanta Vera-Diaz and Kristen Kerber are the beneficiaries of a large grant by the National Institutes of Health to study myopia development in children. Myopia is a major public health concern with a rapidly increasing prevalence. Projections indicate that over 50% of the world's population will have myopia by the year 2050. There is an
urgent need to prevent myopia as it poses a risk for serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma or retinal detachment, and potential blindness later in life. The situation has been exacerbated during the last year due to the pandemic as increased digital screen time, near work, and limited outdoor activities are associated with the onset and progression of myopia.
The PICNIC: (Preventing myopia: Investigating Contributing Factors to Nearsightedness In Children) study is recruiting participants aged 6-8 (under 9 at the first visit) with normal vision. For more information, please contact Cecilia Idman-Rait at 617-519-1591
or at idmanraitc@neco(.)edu.