As part of ongoing efforts to establish a global myopia management standard of care, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) is teaming with CooperVision, one of the world's leading myopia category leaders, to hold a virtual event on myopia management on February 12, 2022.
WCO has gathered a number of industry leaders to share their perspectives on myopia management, including:
1. 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.
2. 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 a regular contributor to the field of vision science and the development of innovative treatments.
3. Philip Cheng, B Optom 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.
4. 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 and peer educator and a co-founder of Myopiaprofile.com, 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.”
WCO and CooperVision launched a global cooperation earlier this year to improve myopia progression awareness and encourage optometrists to adopt a standard of care to address the condition.
Shortly after, a resolution recommending optometrists to implement a standard of care for myopia treatment into their practices was unanimously accepted by the WCO Board of Directors.
The launch of the online resource for myopia management is the next step in providing eye care professionals with the information, knowledge, and direction they need to establish a standard of care in their practice.
In September, WCO and CooperVision developed an online resource that includes bilingual assets and methodologies that will allow eye care professionals to implement a standard of care to manage the condition regardless of location.
The myopia online resource was created to act as a valuable resource for providing information that was previously unavailable and to provide a venue for the global optometric community to share knowledge and experiences.
For more information or to register for the Virtual Event, click here.