The IMI 2021 Yearly Digest summarized recent updates and progress in research of myopia, taking in all publications since the IMI Volume One reports published in early 2019. Each of the Volume One reports included an update – definitions, interventions, genetics, experimental models, clinical trial guidance, ethical considerations and clinical management. While further research is needed, the strengthening evidence base indicates eye care practitioners should embrace proactive myopia management.
Myopia is becoming more common, as knowledge on detection and management increase. When should you start myopia control? Here we present an overview of when you might start myopia management across the spectrum of patient presentations. Since every child and their family are unique, we also point you towards more information for each situation.
This study investigated the accuracy of the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) myopia calculator in predicting myopia progression. The extent of myopia progression over 1-2 years in children corrected with single vision spectacles was accurately predicted by the BHVI myopia calculator in 32-38% of 7-13 year old Hong Kong children. Around one-third progressed more and one-third progressed less than the range predicted by the calculator.
In 2021, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) passed a resolution that publicly declares support for myopia management as standard of care. Since then, CooperVision has supported the WCO to empower eye care professionals to put this into action, with a multilingual online resource launched and more being added throughout 2022. Explore and learn more here.
Myopia management starts with identifying pre-myopes and commencing the discussion with parents, so that future myopia control strategies can be successfully recommended. In our Clinical Leader Case Study format, read how Indie Grewal approached parent communication to smooth the way for eventual myopia control contact lens fitting.