​Myopia Capital of the World

The prevalence of myopia in Singapore is among the highest in the world with 65 per cent of children being myopic by Primary 6, and 83 per cent of young adults being myopic. It is no wonder Singapore has been labelled the "Myopia Capital of the World".

The Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) study on child myopia

If your child is 7 to 12 years old, and has symptoms of myopia, your child may be eligible to participate in this study.

To participate, your child must:

  1. Want to wear contact lenses

  2. Currently, NOT be wearing contact lenses or glasses in order to participate

For this study, study-related procedures, contacts lenses, and back-up glasses will be provided to your child at no charge, while your child is part of the study. Study participants will also receive compensation for their time.

Interested for your child to take part in this study?

Contact the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) team at:

Tel: 6322 4500 / 6322 4501

Email: elmo@seri.com.sg

Did you know?

Once a child has become myopic, the condition is likely to progress1. Myopia in younger children progresses more quickly and children are more likely to develop high myopia2. The likelihood of developing eye diseases in the future like macular degeneration or retinal detachment also grows with worsening myopia3.

1 Mutti DO et al. Refractive error, axial length, and relative peripheral refractive error before and after the onset of myopia. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007;48:2510-9

2 Chua SY et al. Age of Onset of Myopia Predicts Risk of High Myopia in Later Childhood in Myopic Singapore Children. Opthal Physiol Opt 2016;36:388-94.

3 Haarman AE et al. The Complications of Myopia: A Review and Meta-Analysis. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2020 Apr 9;61:49