Essilor Takes Far-Sighted View of Myopia Management
 
Jun 14, 2018
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Essilor takes lead on Myopia Management by launching the inaugural National Myopia Convention in partnership with Singapore Optometric Association

Singapore, 12 June 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Essilor, in partnership with the Singapore Optometric Association, is organising the first National Myopia Convention in Singapore on 12 and 13 June 2018 to bring 600 optometrists to the forefront of myopia management. Renowned speakers with expertise on myopia management from Australia, China and Taiwan will share their experience and best practices in managing their patients’ myopia progression with different solutions.

By 2050, 5 billion people, half the world’s population, will be myopic[1]. Despite the epidemic size of the challenge, the science of myopia is still young. Many people affected by myopia are unaware of what is available to correct and control it now, as well as reduce long-term risks, especially for high myopes who have a high probability of developing serious eye conditions and potentially losing their sight. Continuing to innovate solutions to correct and control myopia is integral to Essilor’s mission of improving lives by improving sight.

“As the world leader in the eye care industry, we believe it is the company’s responsibility to be the leading player in the management of myopia and offer a comprehensive range of solutions for children, teens and adults, to manage the evolution of myopia over their lifetime” commented Eric Bernard, President of AMERA and Instruments, Essilor. He continued: “Organising this inaugural Myopia Management Convention is a further step in our drive to equip eye care professionals with the essential myopia management knowledge and skills to support myopic patients throughout their progression journey.”

In Singapore, data from the Health Promotion Board and Singapore National Eye Centre, indicate that about 65% of children are myopic when they reach 12 years old1, increasing to 80% when they arrive at adulthood2 (18 years old). Not just a vision impairment or inconvenience that affects learning at school, playing sport or pursuing hobbies, it has long consequences as high myopia increases the risks of degenerative conditions such as retinal detachment, early cataract development, macular degeneration and glaucoma. These risks are not mitigated by refractive surgery.

The myopia epidemic presents significant implications for planning comprehensive eye care services globally, including managing and preventing myopia-related ocular complications and vision loss among almost those with high myopia. More recent studies indicate that myopic macular degeneration is becoming a serious issue, especially in East Asia, and is already one of the 3 leading causes of blindness.

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About Essilor

Essilor International (Compagnie Générale d’Optique) (“Essilor”) is the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company. Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its mission is to improve lives by improving sight. To support this mission, Essilor allocates more than €200 million to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Its flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, EyezenTM, Xperio®, Foster Grant®, BolonTM and Costa®. It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of around €7.5 billion in 2017 and employs approximately 67,000 people worldwide. It has 34 plants, 481 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as 4 research and development centers around the world. For more information, please visit www.essilor.com.

The Essilor share trades on the Euronext Paris market and is included in the Euro Stoxx 50 and CAC 40 indices. Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg: EI:FP.

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