Planet of the Myopes: Can Contact Lenses for Kids Solve the World’s Vision Problem?

The screens we can’t seem to live without are contributing to alarming rates of myopia, or nearsightedness, around the world. Cooper is betting contact lenses that slow the condition are a viable solution, but will kids wear them?

Key Takeaways

  • By 2050, half the global population is expected to suffer from myopia.
  • Smartphone use and other activities requiring close-up vision are contributing to the problem.
  • The key is to intervene with treatment early in life because myopia that starts in childhood makes a person more prone to cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment.
  • Cooper, the world’s No. 2 maker of contact lenses, has one of the only approved products to treat myopia in children.

Watch the video below to learn about this new frontier in vision care.

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Portfolio Manager and Analyst Patrick Todd, CFA, contributed research and viewpoints to this piece.


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