January 13, 2023
ST. LOUIS — The World Council of Optometry (WCO) has partnered with CooperVision to host its second global myopia management virtual event on Thursday, February 16: “Myopia Management: Advancing the Global Standard of Care.” The complimentary online event features industry experts sharing their insights on the global standard of care and how they have made myopia management an integral part of their work.
The WCO introduced the myopia management standard of care resolution in April 2021, defining an evidence-based standard of care comprised of the three main pillars of mitigation, measurement, and management.
“We invite optometrists and other eye care professionals from around the world to attend this virtual event,” said WCO President-elect Dr. Sandra Block. “It will help the listener gain a broader perspective on how to incorporate myopia management as the standard of care in their practices. As myopia has risen to an epidemic level globally, early mitigation, measurement, and management of myopia in young patients can help reduce the risk of serious eye health issues as adults. The World Council of Optometry is grateful to CooperVision for its partnership in this important mission to spread the word.”
The virtual event will explore the myopia epidemic through real stories told by patients and leading eye care professionals, including:
- Prof. Seang-Mei Saw, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FAMS, is the Distinguished Wallace Foulds Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, and Co-Chair (Biomedical) of the NUS Institutional Review Board. Prof. Saw is internationally recognized as one of the leading researchers in the myopia field and has made major observations and key discoveries in the field of the epidemiology of myopia, characterizing the environmental, genetic, and anatomical predictors of myopia in children and adults in Singapore and worldwide.
- Kai-yip Choi, BSc, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Optometry. He obtained his BSc and PhD degrees in Optometry in 2014 and 2021, respectively, from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been providing optometric clinical care in the university clinic since 2014.
- Li Lian Foo, MD, MMed (Ophth), FRCOphth, BEng (1st class honors), is a consultant ophthalmologist with the Myopia Service and Refractive Department, Singapore National Eye Centre, and Myopia Centre of Excellence. Subspecializing in the field of myopia focusing on childhood myopia control as well as refractive and cataract surgeries, Dr. Foo aims to create the next generation of treatment modalities that can halt the relentless march of myopia.
- Indie Grewal, BSc (Hons), MCOptom, DipTp (IP), Prof Cert Glau, FBDO, FBCLA, is a qualified dispensing optician and optometrist with more than three decades of experience within the optical industry. As well as participating in contact lens clinical trials, he has a special interest in myopia management and multifocal contact lens fitting.
- Jessica Haynes, OD, FAAO, FORS, Dipl ABO, practices as consulting faculty in the Southern College of Optometry Advanced Care Ocular Disease clinic and as a full-time associate optometrist at the Charles Retina Institute. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the Optometric Retina Society, and she is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
- Yasmin Whayeb, BSc (Hons), MCOptom, is an optometrist and PhD student at Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. Her research interests include the progression and management of myopia in children and the choroidal response to optical myopia intervention methods.
- Kyle Klute, OD, owns and practices at Good Life Eyecare, a multilocation practice in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, is certified by the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry, and is an editor for the Journal of Medical Optometry.