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Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050
Brien A. Holden, Timothy R. Fricke, David A. Wilson, Monica Jong, Kovin S. Naidoo, Padmaja Sankaridurg, Tien Y. Wong, Thomas J. Naduvilath, Serge Resnikoff
Publication: American Academy of Opthalmology

Myopia is a common cause of vision loss, with uncorrected myopia the leading cause of distance vision impairment globally. Individual studies show variations in the prevalence of myopia and high myopia between regions and ethnic groups, and there continues to be uncertainty regarding increasing prevalence of myopia.


  • Number of myopes – 1.4 billion (2000) up to 5 billion (2050)
  •  Number of high myopes – 163 million (2000) up to 1 billion (2050)

Australasia (Australian & New Zealand):

  • Number of myopes – 4.5 million (2000) up to 21.8 million (2050)
  • Number of high myopes – 547,000 (2000) up to 4.3 million (2050)

North America (U.S. & Canada):

  • Number of myopes – 89 million (2000) up to 260 million (2050)
  • Number of high myopes – 11 million (2000) up to 66 million (2050)

Western Europe (Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom):

  • Number of myopes – 87 million (2000) up to 252 million (2050)
  • Number of high myopes – 9 million (2000) up to 43 million (2050)

To view the entire study, click here: Global Prevalence of Myopia.

Published in 2015.


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