September 22, 2016
LAS VEGAS – Jeffrey Cooper, OD, said when he finished optometry school, two camps of myopia development existed – genetic or environmental – with no middle ground. That philosophy has changed, he told attendees at the Global Contact Lens Forum here at Vision Expo West.
“It began changing when we started looking at animals and manipulating their environment,” he said. “A lack of sunlight is a risk factor to develop myopia. Once you start down the path of myopia, there is no relationship with the amount of outdoor light and the increase in myopia. It’s only in the initial development.”