Predicting the Progression of Myopia in Children

Predicting the Progression of Myopia in Children


Divya Jagadeesh, PhD Student
Brien Holden Vision Institute


In recent years, the prevalence of myopia has increased dramatically all over the world, especially in the East Asian population. By the year 2050, it is estimated that nearly 50% of the entire world’s population will be myopic.

High levels of myopia increase the risk of developing sight-threatening eye conditions. Therefore, predicting an eye that is likely to progress into myopia is of immense value in determining the type of correction and the appropriate myopia control strategy.

The purpose of my research is to determine a model to predict the risk of progression of myopia for a given eye by evaluating posterior segment features.

There are a number of changes/features that are observed at the posterior segment of a myopic eye as a consequence of increased axial elongation in the myopic eye. My work focusses on evaluating peripheral refractive error profiles, optic nerve head features (tilt, rotation, retinal artery and vein angles), tessellation, temporal crescent, and retinal nerve fiber layer thickness in children with myopia.

Figure 1: Images showing peri-papillary crescent (half-moon shape), tessellated (tigroid) fundus appearance and titling of the disc in myopic children

About Divya

Divya Jagadeesh received her B Optom degree from Lotus Bausch and Lomb Institute of Optometry, India and M.Phil. from Elite School of Optometry, BITS Pilani University, India.

The collaborative exposure to clinical and academic research while working at L.V Prasad Eye Institute, allowed her knowledge and passion for research to continue to grow. Lectures by Prof. Brien Holden and A. Prof. Padmaja Sankaridurg at L. V Prasad Eye Institute triggered her interest to pursue research in the field of myopia.

She secured a PhD candidature at School of Optometry and Vision science and Brien Holden Vision Institute, University of New South Wales under the supervision of Prof Padmaja Sankaridurg. Her current research focusses on predicting the progression of myopia in children.




01 May 2019


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