LaunchPad: Eye Health Childhood Myopia Epidemic Explained in New Podcast By Staff Thursday, November 17, 2022 12:11 AM Product: "Don't Lose Sight of Vision Care Benefits," a new episode of the Canadian Association of Optometrists Podcast Series.Top Line: A new podcast designed for non-medical listeners that explains the reasons behind the global childhood myopia epidemic and what that means for Canadian families from the Canadian Association of Optometrists. While half the world’s population is projected to be myopic by 2050, the crisis is already evident in Canada. Recent work showed a 30 percent prevalence among 11- to 13-year-olds in the Waterloo-Kitchener region.Close Up: Featuring Debbie Jones, BSc, FCOptom (City, London), FAAO, a clinical scientist from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) and internationally known myopia expert, the 22-minute discussion is part of the Don’t Lose Sight interview series from the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Dr. Jones defines myopia—also referred to as nearsightedness—and how it can worsen as a child grows. Speaking with podcast host Denise Balch from Connex Health, she describes the associated risks for more severe vision impairment later in life as a potential consequence.Vital Stats: The episode is available on the series website as well as through major podcast platforms including Spotify and Amazon Music.