How to Use Myopia Profile

Getting the most out of Myopia Profile Welcome to the world’s largest and most popular multi-platform digital suite dedicated to myopia management!  Perhaps you’re new to the Myopia Profile website, or have just joined the Facebook group. Perhaps you’ve been aware of Myopia Profile for a while but aren’t aware of our full suite of resources. Far more than just …

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Spectacle Lenses for Myopia Control Part 3: new designs and latest studies

Providing glasses is one of the primary cornerstones of optometry practice, and so the reflex to provide spectacles as all forms of treatment is alluring. But what is the evidence behind using glasses for myopia control, and what’s on the horizon? These concepts are investigated in Spectacle Lenses for Myopia Control Part 1 and Part 2. Bifocal spectacles and progressive …

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How reliable are predictors of myopia progression?

Myopia progression graphs, tools and apps are an excellent visual display of potential myopic growth, and very easy to use when discussing progression and outcomes with parents and patients. Customisable fields, such as age, race, starting myopia script and progression rate give an illusion of specificity, but how accurate are these calculators for your individual patient? Myopic progression is incredibly …

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Prescribing for the Progressing Myope with Astigmatism

Whilst each individual child has their own circumstances and situation to consider when prescribing myopia control, children with astigmatism present a unique set of challenges when selecting the best option for not only slowing down the progression of their axial growth, but also providing them with good vision. Simply ignoring the astigmatism when selecting a prescribing choice runs the risk …

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Why Each Dioptre Matters

We all know that high myopia is associated with higher incidences of retinal detachment, glaucoma and myopic maculopathy1. Instigating early, evidence based myopia control in rapidly progressing myopes gives the best outcomes both pathophysiologically and refractively. However when faced with a low, slower progressing myope, or a patient whom has already progressed is there any point in persisting with myopia …

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Spectacle lenses for myopia control Part 2: Back ups, dispensing and new designs

Back up corrections, clinical considerations and new designs There’s a little more to think about in the important role spectacle lenses play in myopia management. Even if we prescribe contact lenses, our young myopes are most likely to need a back up spectacle lens option. Children prescribed atropine will need the best spectacle lens prescribed for them to minimise the …

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Spectacle lenses for myopia control Part 1: Progressives, bifocals and binocular vision

Progressives, bifocals, binocular vision and more Are progressive addition lenses and bifocals created equal for myopia control? When do they work and when do spectacles have minimal efficacy? How should we pick which lens type to prescribe, and what’s on the horizon for our non-contact lens wearing young myopes? We know that single vision spectacle lenses provide no useful efficacy …

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Assessing risk of myopia onset and progression

Identifying the pre-myope There are four key principles for assessing risk of myopia onset: Family history – one myopic parent increases risk by three-fold, while two myopic parents doubles this risk again1 Visual environment – less than 90 minutes a day spent outdoors increases risk, especially if combined with more than 3 hours a day spent on near work activities …

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An Ode To My Retinoscope

In May 2019 the professional journal Contact Lens Spectrum published my bi-annual ‘Refractive Focus’ column, entitled ‘An Ode to my Retinoscope’. Click on this link to read about how your trusty ret can help with: Pediatric refractions Diagnosing keratoconus and other corneal irregularities Toric contact lens assessment Multifocal contact lens troubleshooting OrthoK assessment Complex contact lens fitting About Kate Dr …

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Kids, contact lenses, dry eye and binocular vision

Kids and dry eye Only a minimal percentage of children are likely to suffer dry eye symptoms (4%) compared to 56% in adult contact lens wearers.(1) Teens may be more likely to report contact lens related dry eye than younger children,(2) and consideration should be given to any systemic medications which could exacerbate dry eye symptoms, such as acne medications …

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