Myopia Profile

Myopia Management In Practice – With Philip Cheng

Published: December 9th 2019
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Philip Cheng, well-known clinical optometrist from Melbourne, Australia and prolific contributor to the Myopia Profile Facebook group, takes us through the twists and turns of myopia management in practice. Philip founded his greenfield independent practice over three years ago with a near-exclusive focus on myopia management, and in this podcast we discuss how he made the leap to establishing and now running his successful practice, where a majority of his new patients come from word-of-mouth or colleague referral.

From marketing to in-room communications; from equipment to chair time, Philip encourages you to self-educate, project your expertise, promote your brand, start discussions early and be proactive about fitting and celebrating children wearing contact lenses. We discuss the hot topic of axial length measurement in practice, of which Philip is a strong advocate – how it helps to assess risk and determine success – but also if you don’t have access, how to still offer your own expert myopia management service. Philip and I examine what makes Australia the apparent world leader in practitioner myopia management engagement. Finally we discuss setting treatment expectations; to set up the child, parent and your practice for ongoing success.

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About Kate Gifford

Dr Kate Gifford is an internationally renowned clinician-scientist optometrist and peer educator, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She holds a PhD in contact lens optics in myopia, four professional fellowships, over 100 peer reviewed and professional publications, and has presented more than 200 conference lectures. Kate is the Chair of the Clinical Management Guidelines Committee of the International Myopia Institute. In 2016 Kate co-founded Myopia Profile with Dr Paul Gifford; the world-leading educational platform on childhood myopia management. After 13 years of clinical practice ownership, Kate now works full time on Myopia Profile.

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