January 4, 2024
ST. LOUIS — The World Council of Optometry (WCO) will be hosting “Myopia Management: From Theory to Practice,” its first Latin America-based virtual event, on February 20, 22, 27, and 29, 2024.
The multi-day webinar is the result of a collaboration with local organizations: Group Manejo the la Miopia LATAM, Asociación Latinoamericana de Optometría y Óptica (ALDOO), Colegio Federación Colombiana de Optómetras (FEDOPTO), and Colegio de Optometras de Puerto Rico. It will feature insights from Latin American industry experts on how to get started with myopia management and adopt it as a standard of care in the region.
“Myopia is growing in prevalence around the world at an alarming rate, including in Latin America,” said WCO President, Sandra Block, OD, MEd, MPH, FAAO, FCOVD. “We invite optometrists and other eye care professionals in the region to attend this virtual event to better understand how to address myopia as a disease effectively and the importance of early intervention to manage childhood myopia. The World Council of Optometry is thankful for CooperVision’s partnership in this critical mission to increase myopia awareness and treatment.”
The February virtual event explores the myopia epidemic and how to address it from the perspective of leading eye care professionals in the region, who will share how the latest research can be successfully integrated into clinical practice.
The virtual event will be divided into four 90-minute sessions over four days on February 20, 22, 27, and 29, starting at 6 p.m. in Central America, 7 p.m. in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, and 9 p.m. in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. Registration is required but free for those who wish to attend. The event will open up for registration later this month.
The myopia management standard of care resolution was introduced in April 2021, defining an evidence-based standard of care comprised of the three main pillars of mitigation, measurement, and management.
For more on myopia management from the World Council of Optometry, visit the online resource featuring the standard of care pledge signup page, resolution, and practical tools and information for optometrists at https://myopia.