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WCO to Host Global Myopia Management Virtual Event

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December 13, 2021

ST. LOUIS — The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has partnered with CooperVision  to host a virtual, global event geared toward myopia management. The event, entitled “Myopia Management: Putting It Into Practice,” will be held Feb. 12, 2022, and will advance the organization’s ongoing efforts to establish a global myopia management standard of care.

Leading the session will be several experts in the myopia management field, including:

  • Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso, OD, (Philippines), optometrist and recipient of the IACLE Educator Fellowship Program, University of Waterloo (Canada), School of Optometry. In addition to her private practice, she has lectured extensively both locally and internationally on myopia management.
  • Thomas Aller, OD, (United States), optometrist, visiting scholar, and practice owner of Dr. Thomas Aller Optometrist, Inc. Aller is an expert in myopia control and orthokeratology, and he is a regular contributor to the field of vision science and the development of innovative treatments.
  • Philip Cheng, BOptom FIAOMC, (Australia), optometrist and Clinical Director of Eyecare Concepts, The Myopia Clinic Melbourne. Cheng’s specialties include orthokeratology, myopia control, children’s optometry, specialty contact lenses, and dry eye management.
  • Kate Gifford, BAS Hons Optometry, PhD, (Australia), earned her graduate degree in contact lens optics in myopia from Queensland University of Technology. A clinician-scientist, peer educator, and co-founder of, she holds a visiting research fellow position at QUT and is the committee chair and lead author on the International Myopia Institute’s Clinical Management Guidelines.
  • Nicola Logan, BSc Hons Optometry, MEd, PhD, (United Kingdom), optometrist and Professor, Aston University College of Health and Life Sciences. Logan researches the development, progression, and management of myopia in children and runs a clinical service in myopia management.
  • Sara McCullough, BSc Hons Optometry, PhD, (United Kingdom), optometrist and Research Associate in Optometry and Vision Science at Ulster University (Northern Ireland). She is currently working on the Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) study investigating the progression of refractive error in children and young adults.

“We are delighted to bring together this dynamic group of industry leaders to discuss the importance of myopia management as a global standard of care,” said Paul Folkesson, president, World Council of Optometry. “Their keen insight will bring clarity and perspective to this multifaceted issue facing millions of adults and children around the world.”

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