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The Myopia Collective Announces First Cohort of Change Agents

June 19, 2024

NASHVILLE — Earlier this year, CooperVision and the American Optometric Association (AOA) joined forces to create The Myopia Collective, a partnership designed to mobilize optometrists to advance new standards of care for children with myopia, shifting focus from correction to embracing comprehensive treatment.

Now, at Optometry’s Meeting in Nashville, the organizations have named the inaugural cohort of Change Agents for The Myopia Collective.

This groundbreaking partnership aims to rally the optometry profession and its allies to shift the focus on myopia from mere correction to comprehensive treatment. Over sixty ECPs were appointed as Change Agents, with individuals from each U.S. state ensuring nationwide representation. A comprehensive list is available on The Myopia Collective’s website at

“Change Agents will be the driving force behind The Myopia Collective, receiving specialized training in myopia management and leading legislative and advocacy initiatives in their communities,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Vice President, Marketing and Professional Affairs, Americas, CooperVision. “The enthusiasm from those who applied has been remarkable, with interest pouring in nationwide. We are excited to watch this initial group lead the charge in shaping a pivotal moment for children’s eye health.”

In September, Change Agents will participate in a multi-day workshop in Chicago, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to integrate myopia management more effectively into their practices and advocate on behalf of The Myopia Collective. Topics include proven techniques for growing a myopia management practice, strategies for state and federal outreach, and updates on the current landscape of children’s vision. Change Agents will also share how to engage other healthcare professionals, legislators, and community members that look after children.

“The training provided to the Change Agents will empower them to lead the charge in their communities and make significant differences in the lives of children with myopia,” said AOA President Steven Reed, OD. “However, Change Agents are just one part of this pivotal initiative, with the other being the entire U.S. optometry community. We invite everyone to become Members of The Myopia Collective, symbolizing a unified dedication to advancing myopia management across the profession. Members will gain access to valuable educational resources, receive exclusive insights on best practices, and be among the first to receive community news and updates.”

For more information about The Myopia Collective, including information about how to become a member, please visit the AOA’s Website.

Watch this video to hear from experts in the industry at the AOA Optometry’s Meeting at the House of Delegates:

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