The prevalence of myopia (shortsightedness) in children is increasing globally with some countries in East Asia reporting 'epidemic' rates of 80-90%. The last major study in the UK to report on the prevalence of refractive error and associated ocular biometry was conducted over 40 years ago. Since that time, the demographics of the UK population have changed significantly, so an updated study is required.
Launched in October 2005, the Aston Eye Study phase 1 (AES 1) was a cross-sectional study to determine the prevalence of refractive error and its associated ocular biometry (measurement of eye dimensions). The study uses a large, multi-racial sample of school children from the metropolitan area of Birmingham (UK). The AES 1 has gathered data on prevalence of refractive error, ocular biometry, body mass index, lifestyle, environment, family ocular history and diet from over 900 children in Birmingham.
The second phase, AES 2, is a follow-up study and is reviewing children who were aged 6 or 7 years when seen in AES1 . The second phase will look at how many children who have become short-sighted since they were first seen in our study and will look for reasons as to why this might have occurred.
Please contact us if you took part in AES 1 and would like to see how your eyes have changed since then.
Contact: Dr Nicola Logan
Tel:0121 2044128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Aston Eye Study phase 2 is supported by a research funding from The College of Optometrists.
Logan NS, Shah P, Rudnicka AR, Gilmartin B, Owen CG. Childhood ethnic differences in ametropia and ocular biometry: the Aston Eye Study. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2011;31(5):550-8.