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Eye Care Companies Support WSPOS Myopia Education Program

November 17, 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland — The World Society of of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS) will launch an independent myopia education program, and several eye care companies are supporting the organization’s efforts.

“Comprehensive Update on Myopia Management” is a four-hour virtual interactive live symposium for ECPs. Experts from around the world — led by Dr. Ken Nischal, co-founder of WSPOS and Division Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus, and Adult Motility Professor of  Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh — will review the latest WSPOS myopia management guidelines, discuss how to navigate the latest treatment options, and share advice on how to best manage patients inside and outside of practice.

This session will be held November 19-20 from 2:00-4:00 pm GMT. Early next year, the WSPOS will also release a digital supplement, including three e-learning modules and three hour-long webinars to continue this curriculum.

The primary objectives of the education program are:

  • Raising awareness about the escalating global increase of myopia in children, including underlying causes and impact on the quality of life 
  • Sharing current and evolving pediatric myopia treatment protocols to slow the progression of  myopia
  • Defining strategies to successfully integrate myopia management, including patient education,  early intervention, and patient outcome goals

Several leading eye care companies have already announced their support of the program, including EssilorLuxottica, HOYA Vision Care, and CooperVision.

“We are very pleased to continue our partnership with WSPOS with this important program, and support its efforts to contribute to better vision for children,” said Olga Prenat, Head of Medical Marketing, Professional Relations, and Vision Care Education at EssilorLuxottica. “Through such programs, we look forward to supporting education to eye care practitioners to help them achieve better outcomes for their patients, in line with our mission to help people see more and be more. We encourage all eye care practitioners to participate in the program and will work together to continue to strengthen awareness and education on myopia and enhance access to available solutions to manage myopia worldwide.”

“The partnership with WSPOS is a significant move as we work toward our goal of raising awareness and tackling the global surge of myopia in children,” said Pascal Blaser, Global Medical Affairs Manager, Myopia, at HOYA Vision Care. “We look forward to working with WSPOS and key ophthalmology professionals to develop evidence-based content on research and innovative solutions to share with eye care professionals as we work collaboratively to address the growing problem of  myopia in children.” 

“CooperVision is proud to support WSPOS in offering eye care practitioners this opportunity to explore myopia management best practices,” said Elizabeth Lumb, BSc (Hons), MCOptom, FBCLA, Director of Global Professional Affairs, Myopia Management, CooperVision. “As a global leader in myopia management and control, we’re deeply invested in providing proven interventions, implementation tools, and education programs that empower practitioners to help children worldwide.”

 To learn more about WSPOS’ new education program, including how to register for the event, click here.

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