DUBLIN – The World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus has released its Myopia Consensus Statement 2023. The document details the interventions to slow the progression of myopia as well as those that do not.
The “What Appears To Work” section lists treatments that have proven effective at slowing the progression of myopia. The section named “What Does Not Work or Has Minimal Effect” includes treatments that may have been implemented in the past but have been proven ineffective at slowing the progression of myopia. “In this Consensus Statement all the interventions we have described are based on studies that have shown statistical and clinical significance,” the document states.
Among the treatments listed in the “What Appears To Work” section are atropine, orthokeratology, and specific soft multifocal contact lenses and spectacle lenses. This list also includes behavioral interventions such as increased time spent outdoors and reduced time on smartphones, near digital devices, and near tasks. Those treatments considered “What Does Not Work or Had Minimal Effect” include undercorrection, pin hole and blue-light-blocking glasses, and bifocal and progressive spectacle lenses.
Access the World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Myopia Consensus Statement 2023 document here.