Myopia has become a public health issue in France: this refractive disorder will affect 50% of the French population by 2050, according to vision experts. This is why French society Ensemble contre la myopie (Together Against Myopia in English) created National Myopia Week. Dr Stéphanie Zwillinger and COP9 had already joined forces with the event in 2022, and continue to collaborate for the 2023 edition. Discover in this article what are the actions carried out, the theme of this 2023 edition, but also the issues as well as useful links for you and your loved ones.
In June 2022, the Institute of Medical Education and Prevention launched a national myopia information and screening campaign, in collaboration with institutional and private partners in the field of visual health.
Thus, Together Against Myopia was able to develop its objectives and actions:
Together against myopia allows everyone, at any age, myopic or not (or not yet screened!) to get the information necessary to easily access useful advice, but also an inventory of prevalence, prevention and treatment of myopia.
Together Against Myopia organizes National Myopia Week every year. It takes place in 2023 from November 20th to 26th. Now is the time to raise awareness about this often-named visual anomaly…but still terribly unknown!
The previous edition of National Myopia Week allowed many French people to have their eyes checked, and screened for myopia, in a partner screening center. This year again, Together Against Myopia is setting up a new event from November 20th to 26th, 2023 to make ophthalmological care more accessible.
You will often see and hear this sentence during National Myopia Week 2023! Curbing myopia is the theme given to this Week. This method is still very little known, but health professionals are making sure to relay information about this new method. Our COP9 team and Dr Stéphanie Zwillinger regularly raise awareness on this subject on our social networks (remember to follow us on Facebook or Instagram), as well as in the blog section of our site.
This method is widely used in English-speaking and Asian countries, however in France, it has only been applied for a short time. In addition, many French people (57%, source: the Myopia Barometer in France) think that we cannot act against myopia, that it is not possible to slow it down… Even though this is false! Lenses, drops, glasses, many solutions exist to slow the progression of myopia.
During National Myopia Week, health professionals are mobilizing, like Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger and her COP9 team. Ophthalmologists, orthoptists, opticians, psychomotor therapists, pediatricians… all these specialists communicate on their networks and sites on curbing myopia. In addition, certain hospitals, multidisciplinary practices and vision centers offer screening sessions.
Together Against Myopia provides you with a search engine for myopia specialists on its site, to be found near you. Do not hesitate to consult this page for that. The COP9 team of Dr Stéphanie Zwillinger reminds you that it is important to regularly consult an ophthalmologist in order to monitor the evolution of your vision throughout your life. So remember to make an appointment for yourself and any members of your family who need one.