AUGUST 2019

What Happens If I Do Nothing?

Dwight Akerman, OD, MBA, FAAO Chief Medical Editor dwight.akerman@gmail.com

Myopia was once considered a simple refractive error with few, if any, long-term eye health consequences, but it is now recognized as one of the most significant causes of blindness worldwide. Unfortunately, eye care professionals and parents of myopic children often take a wait-and-see approach to myopia management.
Myopia increases the risk of serious, sight-threatening complications. Often it is difficult to explain the co-morbidities and lifelong risks associated with myopia to a parent, especially those parents who are emmetropic.

Topical Atropine for Myopia Management: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

A network meta-analysis on myopia control found that use of atropine at different concentrations was significantly superior to other interventions.

How to Develop a Myopia Management Subspecialty Within a Primary Care Practice

The optometric community must recognize that an encounter with a child requiring myopia management has the potential to influence not only the child and his or her parents but also that network of family and friends. As such, the existence of a myopia subspecialty within a primary care practice is vital.

The Importance of Measuring Axial Length when Managing Childhood Myopia

There is a strong correlation between the amount of myopia and the length of the eye in all individuals, although the relationship between the two is not linear and not constant throughout childhood.

Practice Management

How to Develop a Myopia Management Subspecialty Within a Primary Care Practice

The optometric community must recognize that an encounter with a child requiring myopia management has the potential to influence not only the child and his or her parents but also that network of family and friends. As such, the existence of a myopia subspecialty within a primary care practice is vital.

How to Explain Informed Consent to a Parent Without Sounding like a Lawyer

Controlling everything we do as doctors of optometry and everything our colleagues in allopathic and osteopathic medicine do is a legal and ethical framework called the Doctrine of Informed Consent.

Orthokeratology for Myopia Management: How Does it Fit into a Primary Care Practice?

How do we fit it in, how can we create an action plan for efficient, clinically excellent orthokeratology care among the hustle and flow of a primary eye care optometric practice? While this is still a work-in-progress, I’d like to propose a blueprint.

Latest Research Summaries

We Must Always Consider Personalized Myopia Management

Some eye care practitioners historically have believed that myopia is a genetic anomaly, whereas others have concluded that myopia is environmentally induced. However, human and animal studies conducted over the past four decades suggest that development of myopia is controlled by both environmental and genetic factors.

Adjunctive effect of orthokeratology and low dose atropine on axial elongation

In this retrospective study, the authors investigated if the combination of optical (ortho-k lenses) and pharmaceutical (0.01% atropine) approaches have any benefit over individual treatment paradigms.

Low-Concentration Atropine for Myopia Progression (LAMP) Study

The LAMP study was a randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study that aimed to determine the efficacy of three different low-concentration atropine eye drops, 0.05%, 0.025%, and 0.01% compared to 0.9% sodium chloride over a 1-year period.
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Practice Pearls in Myopia Management with Linda Chous, OD, and Pamela Lowe, OD

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Brien Holden Vision Institute Discussion, Part 2

Discussion with Judith Stern, BOptom, and Michael Morton, BOptom, of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Part 2
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Brien Holden Vision Institute Discussion, Part 3

Discussion with Judith Stern, BOptom, and Michael Morton, BOptom, of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Part 3.

Continuing Education

The Business of Myopia – New Online Course Starting August 20

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Myopia Management ABO CE for Your Staff

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to: Understand the growing incidence of myopia and results of current research. Learn why controlling myopia in children is important for an optician to know. Know the acceptable ways used to control the progression of myopia.

How Environment and Genetics Give Rise to Myopia

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Myopia Education Program

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