On behalf of the organizing committee, I am delighted to announce the 18th IMC will be hosted by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2021 was meant to be the year for the 18th IMC meeting, but due to COVID restrictions for traveling and gathering we are postponing this lively and interactive meeting to 2022. We may have solved COVID by then, but we will still be facing the ever-increasing global epidemic of myopia. Numbers continue to increase, yet the resources allocated to detecting, treating and preventing myopia and its complications lag way behind the growing demand.

We aim to restart the live conferences and have fruitful or just enjoyable discussions in person, but will also offer possibilities to connect digitally. We look forward to create a unique forum for knowledge exchange, and will make a strong effort to connect vision and basic scientists to clinical experts and policy makers. Myopia’s broad spectrum of causes and consequences necessitate a comprehensive panel of experts to elucidate mechanisms, define targets for therapy, and help solve current clinical dilemma’s . The 2022 IMC will focus on fostering collaborations, connections and political actions required to place myopia at the top of the global health agenda, with the ultimate aim to prevent blindness from myopia in the generations to come.

Prof. dr. Caroline Klaver,
President Local Organizing Committee
International Myopia Conference 2022