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Year : 1983  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 703



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M C Nahata

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Nahata M C. Introduction. Indian J Ophthalmol 1983;31:703

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The term myopia was introduced from that habit which short sighted people frequently have of half closing the lids looking at distant objects so that they may gain the advantage of a stenopic opening.

In our field of ophthalmology myopia is one of the disorders that is most frequently found and most actively studied. The study on myopia was started since 1855 wherein pioneers like Helmholtz and Donders were engaged in the research on myopia. It was Donders who separated closely errors of re­fraction from those of accomodation and elucidated the clinic aspects of refractive er­rors. Considerable work has been clone during the last few decades to find out the cause of myopia. Nearly everything in Medicine has been flamed -`heredity, malnutrition, endocri­nal disturbance, allergy associated nasal pathology excessive close work and so on. In­fact the exact cause or the contributory fac­trors are still not well known.

The evaluation of development of myopia in human beings has its own problems it takes many years in its development and adequate controls are difficult to establish and maintain.

In view of the prevelance of the disease in large number and its far reaching effects on vi­sion and limited knowledge about the etiopathogenesis, it was rightyly decided to select this subject for the symposium for the benefit not only of the ophthalmologists but also of the myopic population at large and I was commanded to organise it.

In this connnection I contacted apart from my colleagues in India Myopia international reseach foundation and some emmient foreign ophthalmologists viz. Prof. S.N.Fyeredove, Prof. Tikasi Sato, Prof. Akira Momose fxrom Japan, Rapheal Benchimel from Brazil, Dr. I. Kreissig, West Germany, Brain J. Curtin, and Ellis Gurber and Kenneth Kenyon from U.S.A. and requested them to participate in the symposium.) am happy three of them viz. Dr. Kenneth Kenyon, Prof. Tikasi Sato, Prof. Akira Momosc who has been so kind to me that even he contacted people on my behalf to participate in the symposium and who himself has graciously agreed to come even at short notice. I am sure their views and work will be­nefit all of us. Emminent ophthalmologists from our country who have kindly agreed to particpate in the symposium. Prof. S.P. Mathur of Udaipur who was to speak on elec­trophviological pathological and experimental studies in myopia has been held up for per­sonal reasons and it is the greatness of Prof. R.N. Mathur and Dr. Bharati of Ahemadabad who have come to my rescue and have agreed to speak on this topic. Prof. S.N.Fyrodrov also agreed to conic but for some personal reasons could not be with us. We will miss him.

I have tried to make the symposium broad based so as to deal with different aspects of Myopia. You will appreciate that the job of the convenor is over with the beginning of the Symposium.


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