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Contact Lens Update Focuses New Issue on Axial Length and Myopia Management

September 7, 2021

WATERLOO, Ontario — In an effort to educate eye care professionals about myopia management, the latest edition of Contact Lens Update focuses specifically on the impact of axial length growth on myopia outcomes. Utilizing information from some of the most recent conference presentations and research findings, experts address the importance of physiological growth and axial length in myopia management.

“Myopia management has dominated discussions across the profession for the past couple of years, and momentum is only growing,” said Lyndon Jones, CORE’s director. “A glance at agendas for upcoming meetings such as the Global Myopia Symposium and American Academy of Optometry shows intense interest in axial length and physiological growth. This issue of Contact Lens Update is a perfect primer for members of the eye care community before logging on or flying into a conference.”

Jeff Walline, associate dean for Research at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and study chair of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study, contributes both the editorial and feature article. He discusses the merits of including axial length measures in myopia management practice and shares important information on how to interpret them.

A related study by Alex Nixon and his colleagues is shared in the conference highlight. Their poster examines the presence of physiologic eye growth in myopic children, concluding that clinicians must be aware of its presence when judging the efficacy of myopia management interventions.

Rounding out the issue are Shalu Pal’s clinical case studies that provide real-world insights. She shares three cases, demonstrating in each how axial length measures are used to help inform the efficacy of the chosen myopia management intervention and how that ultimately informs the patients’ ongoing treatment plan.

Industry professionals can access the latest issue directly from ContactLensUpdate.com.

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