When the 18th International Myopia Conference (IMC) opens in Rotterdam next week, it will mark a series of milestones for one of the most promising technology companies in the category. For the first time, SightGlass Vision will exhibit at the meeting, in addition to presenting additional data and insights related to its Diffusion Optics Technology™ as well as CYPRESS clinical trial, including preliminary three-year results findings.
Spectacle lenses using patent-protected SightGlass Vision™ Diffusion Optics Technology™️ incorporate thousands of micro-dots that softly scatter light to reduce contrast on the retina—a method intended to reduce myopia progression in children.
“SightGlass Vision is now fully operational. Our entire leadership group is in place, and we are making good progress on commercial launches in markets such as China, Israel, and the Netherlands, with more to come,” said Andrew Sedgwick, the company’s CEO. “Enthusiastic reaction to our latest data analysis on younger children enrolled in CYPRESS, which suggests we have a promising approach to myopia control for children as early as age six, is inspiring—to our team and the eye care profession. We’re looking forward to discussing those findings in even greater depth at the IMC.”
Younger ages are of particular interest to eye care professionals and researchers, since myopia progresses fastest in the youngest children., Because progression cannot be reversed, immediate intervention to slow or even stop progression is critical to a child’s short-term vision and long-term ocular health.
On Sunday, 4 September, at 12:40 pm CET, SightGlass Vision will host an all-attendee luncheon session on contrast theory and the Science behind Diffusion Optics Technology™.
Its researchers will also participate in the Optical Interventions session on Tuesday 6 September at 8:45 am CET, presenting The Visual Performance with Novel Spectacle Lenses for Myopia Control (Laughton D, et al.). After three years, children wearing the lenses with Diffusion Optics Technology™️ demonstrated significantly less myopia progression than the control group. The novel spectacle lenses provided good all-round visual performance and were well tolerated for the study duration.
The company is a gold sponsor of the 2022 IMC, joining other global organizations in addressing the global myopia epidemic.
The last several decades have seen a steady rise in the prevalence of myopia worldwide, notably under the effect of lifestyle changes. Today affecting 2.6 billion people globally, it is estimated that nearly 5 billion people—half the world’s population—will be myopic by 2050. Myopia is the leading cause of visual impairment in children and, over time, may contribute to an increased risk of developing permanent vision impairment, including macular degeneration, retinal detachment, cataract and glaucoma, and blindness associated with high myopia.
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