Spectacle lenses for myopia control – Part 1

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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IMI – Clinical Management Guidelines Supplementary Digital Content

The landmark International Myopia Institute (IMI) White paper reports were published on 28 February 2019. As lead author on the Clinical Management Guidelines paper, I was thrilled to see the work of my 13 co-authors and I shared with a keen clinician audience worldwide. It was drawn to my attention, though, that the promised Supplementary Digital Content had not been …

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Latest research: OSO 2018 – Part 1

The biennial Orthokeratology Society of Oceania (OSO) conference was held in October 2018 at the Gold Coast, Australia. A highlight of the Aussie and NZ contact lens practitioners’ educational calendars, OSO is now attracting an international following and boasted an amazing program covering the latest in OrthoK and myopia control research and practice. Pictured above is long serving OSO President …

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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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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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