More than 100 national and international leading ophthalmologists attended an international refraction conference as part of the 2014 National Ophthalmology Conference in Buon Ma Thuot city in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on October 31.

The event, jointly organised by the Vietnam Ophthalmological Society (VOS) and the Australian Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI), served as a scientific forum for ophthalmologists to share their experience and present the latest ophthalmological studies.

Participants heard 16 scientific reports on myopia based on research carried out in Vietnamese localities and hospitals.

Experts gave an overview of the current situation and causes, and proposed measures to prevent shortsightedness, refraction-related issues and advanced treatment options for myopia.

According to VOS, 3.1 percent of Vietnamese people suffer from blindness, including 409,000 people over the age of 50.

Meanwhile, around 3 million children have refractive eye disorders, and the number of glaucoma and diabetes patients is increasing.-VNA