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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Latest Research: IMC2019, Part 2 – Axial Lengths and Myopia Calculators

Welcome to Part 2 of 4 fabulous updates from the 2019 biannual International Myopia Conference! Read on for more about predicting axial length growth, refractive growth and translating statistics into real world progression. Click on the headings to link to the published papers relevant to the conference presentation (where available). Pictured above are notable myopia researchers Mark Bullimore (left) and …

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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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IMI definitions report paper with Prof Ian Flitcroft

Podcast summary: The International Myopia Institute (IMI) white paper reports are a landmark, peer consensus publication authored by over 80 leading academics across the world. Published on 28 February in high ranking journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, the seven papers detail Definitions of myopia, genetics, experimental models, interventions for controlling myopia onset and progression, clinical trial standards and instrumentation …

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Contact lens safety in kids

There is no doubt that the best first choice for myopia control is a contact lens option, which both corrects ametropia and shows reliable myopia control efficacy. One of the key barriers to pediatric contact lens wear is concern about safety, however, for both practitioners and parents. Mark Bullimore1 recently published a meta-analysis of pediatric soft contact lens studies (SCL) …

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Clinical Myopia Management (Lecture)

This one hour lecture, delivered to final year QUT optometry students in August 2017, covers the ‘why’ of myopia control; understanding the relative risks of doing something versus doing nothing; a brief literature review of mechanisms and options; putting it into practice and clinical resources available online. Since, then, my message on efficacy has been updated and simplified, but the …

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