July 2019

Opportunities Abound for Proactive Myopia Care

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

During May 2019, Jobson Optical Research, sponsored by Essilor, polled more than 300 optometrists from the United States to learn more about their attitudes and behaviors regarding myopia management. The results are both encouraging and disappointing.
While 62.5 percent of optometrists surveyed said their practices provide myopia management services, 37.5 percent said their practices do not offer myopia care for children.

Spectacles: Progressive Addition Multifocals/Executive Bifocals/Light Diffusion Technology

The use of the spectacle lenses for myopia management dates back to more than 30 years ago, when bifocal spectacle lenses prescribed to children with near-esophoria showed a reduction in myopia progression.

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.

Soft Contact Lens-based Myopia Management

The following article is intended to provide clinicians with the basics for prescribing soft CL-based myopia management, so clinicians can begin prescribing this potentially beneficial treatment.

Practice Management

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.

Focus On What We Know, Not What We Don’t Know

During discussions with optometric and ophthalmologic colleagues, I will occasionally hear, “There is not enough evidence for me to treat children who demonstrate progressive myopia.”

Latest Research Summaries

Every Diopter of Myopia Control Matters

While most myopes will have normal visual acuity with appropriate optical correction, myopia has significant public health consequences from a variety of perspectives, including financial, psychological, quality of life, and ocular co-morbidities.

Effect of Bifocal and Prismatic Bifocal Spectacles on Myopia Progression in Children

Previous publications on bifocal and progressive spectacles have shown small degrees of myopia control. However, these effects appear only in children with certain ocular characteristics such as history of higher myopia progression rate, higher lags of accommodation and/or near phoria status.

Effects of multifocal soft contact lenses used to slow myopia progression on quality of vision in young adults

There is evidence that myopia progression can be controlled optically, specifically with lenses that have been designed to impose myopic defocus on the periphery.
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Myopia Management Tools

Myopia Calculator

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Myopia Management Guidelines

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Videos & Podcasts

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Practice Pearls in Myopia Management with Linda Chous, OD, and Pamela Lowe, OD

Linda Chous, OD, and Pamela Lowe, OD provide practice pearls in myopia management that you can integrate into your own practice.
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Brien Holden Vision Institute Discussion, Part 1

Discussion with Judith Stern, BOptom, and Michael Morton, BOptom, of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Part 1
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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

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

More than half of the world’s population will be myopic by 2050. What factors are causing this epidemic? By Erin Tomiyama, OD, and Kathryn...

Myopia Education Program

Find out why 98% of practitioners have changed the way they practice after completing the program. The biggest innovation in myopia care since...
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