Short-sightedness is the one where you can see okay to read, but you can’t see anything in the distance. It affects up to 90% of school children in Asian countries and it’s on the rise in Australia too. What you might not know (we didn’t) is that being short-sighted (also called myopia) can lead to a lot of unpleasant side effects when you’re older, such as blindness.
At QUT, researchers have designed a completely new lens that might not only stop children developing short-sightedness, but also slow down the progression of the condition. All we need now is an industry partner to take the lens through a large-scale clinical trial. It’s a big undertaking, but there’s a huge, growing market and a lot of children who’d be grateful.