With prediction of the half the global population becoming myopic (short-sighted) by 2050, myopia presents a significant public health concern. Although myopia poses a lifestyle and economic burden since corrective eyewear is needed to see clearly, it also puts the eye at a significant risk for developing serious sight-threatening conditions.
Our understanding of the mechanism by which myopia develops has historically been grounded in animal models of myopia. In the last decade strategies for controlling myopia have been advocated with promising results, although we are still unable to stop or reverse myopia once it has developed.
Researchers in the Human Myopia lab at Plymouth University are interested in furthering our understanding of the mechanism by which human myopia develops. Through the synergistic use of modern imaging methods such as optical coherent tomography and MRI scanning and coupling this with our understanding of the optics of the eye, we are interested in examining how ocular biomechanics and shape dictate ocular growth. The aim of our work is to develop improved methods of screening individuals at risk of myopia and improving the strategies for controlling it.