Thinking beyond myopia – managing the very high childhood myope

In a fascinating case, AJ is looking for treatment recommendations for her 7-year-old patient who has very high myopia and astigmatism that has progressed quickly in the last 3 months. Here’s the link to the post. What are the considerations? 1. This is not your normal myope – Consider possible ocular disease or syndromes The possiblity of retinal or systemic …

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Managing a myopic anisometropic amblyopic child

SN shared a clinical case on our Facebook group that involved managing extreme anisometropia. This involved a 9-year-old anisometropic amblyope with dry eyes. Given the complex presentation, this was an interesting case for the Myopia Profile community to discuss. This case is not your typical astigmatic myope. There are several features to this patient that require careful consideration. Step 1: …

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April 2020 myopia research update

Myopia management in the Netherlands A report published in March by Caroline Klaver, Jan Polling and the Erasmus Myopia Research Group detailed a literature review of current myopia treatment options, and detailed their plan for treating children presenting to the Department of Ophthalmology and the University Medical Centre. They have developed a new protocol which factors in take age, expected …

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Latest Research: AAO2019 Part 1 – The New Facts, Figures and Futures

The third biannual World Congress of Optometry and meeting of the American Academy of Optometry was held in October 2019 in Orlando. The following three updates include some of the highlights to come of over 16 hours of fantastic lecture content on myopia. Addressing the global myopia burden: guest summary by Sally Dillehay The following has been edited for this …

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GSLS2020 Update 2: The parents, the patients and your practice

Welcome to Part 2 of the news update of the 2020 Global Specialty Lens Symposium, held in Las Vegas. Read on for updates on the risk-to-benefit comparison of myopia control, how to talk myopia successfully with parents and how to integrate myopia control into your practice. Click the link at the bottom to check out Part 1 on Teens, Treatments …

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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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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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Latest Research: ARVO 2019, Part 1 – The data, the disease and the developments

This year, the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) was held in Vancover 2019 from April 28th to May 2nd. Check out the Myopia Profile Facebook group for individual live posts, but here is a summary of the fabulous new research presented at the conference. Click on the headings for more information and a link to the …

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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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