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U of Washington start-up acquired for eyeglass lenses that treat myopia in children


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 10th, 2021

SightGlass Vision, a start-up from the University of Washington (UW), has been acquired for its high-tech eyeglass lenses designed to slow the progression of myopia in children.

Myopia, or nearsightedness, happens when an eye is too long relative to its optics, causing light to hit in front of the retina. As the disease progresses and eye tissues continue to stretch, a patient’s nearsightedness may lead to blinding conditions such as glaucoma.

Developed by a team of UW researchers, the SightGlass lenses trick the eye into thinking that it’s in an outdoor setting with lots of natural light, thereby slowing the progression of myopia. The technology is especially helpful for children with the disease, as today’s children spend more and more time indoors and in front of screens, especially in the COVID-19 era of homeschooling and limited social interaction.

East Bay vision giant Cooper Cos. and France’s EssilorLuxottica, which oversees major brands such as Ray-Ban and Oakley, have bought SightGlass in a joint venture, saying the start-up’s technology will complement their products.

According to SightGlass CEO Tom Chalberg, the start-up’s innovation “will be the standard of care in five to 10 years.”

Source: San Francisco Business Times

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