CooperVision has established the CooperVision Student Myopia Leadership Society. Each of the 23 schools and colleges of optometry across the United States and Canada has chosen a third-year student for participation. A one-year term is given to selected students.
Participants will have multiple opportunities to collaborate with their peers, hear from specialists in the field of myopia management, increase their grasp of evidence-based science, and learn about how to run a successful practice.
Students will also be given travel funds to two educational industry events of their choice, such as the American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting, the Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Vision by Design, and the Global Myopia Symposium.
Furthermore, myopia student leaders are also encouraged to complete the Brilliant Futures certification program, which includes MiSight 1-day soft contact lenses for myopia control in children aged 8 to 12, as well as Paragon CRT and iSee ortho-k lenses for myopia management.
This program joins the rebranded Student Contact Lens Leadership Society, to which all North American schools and colleges of optometry likewise name an annual participant.
“Part of CooperVision’s ongoing commitment to advancing the profession includes investing in its future optometrists,” said Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO, Senior Manager, Myopia Management, CooperVision.
“Adding a focused myopia management initiative is a natural evolution of our student ambassador programs. In conjunction with their classroom and clinical education, our guidance will better prepare them to be the myopia management advocates of tomorrow.”
During the recent American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting in Boston, the 2021-2022 class of student leaders joined CooperVision at an exclusive welcome reception.
“I’m excited to be part of such a unique network and a nourishing environment. With a deeper knowledge of myopia management, we will be able to educate parents, patients, and peers to truly make a difference,” said Alia Raad, Illinois College of Optometry student and member of the CooperVision Student Myopia Leadership Society inaugural class.
For more information about CooperVision’s Student Myopia Leadership Society and the Student Contact Lens Leadership Society, visit CooperVision’s Optometry Students & Educators webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org