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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Four reasons why binocular vision matters in myopia management

Binocular vision is a much neglected (and even maligned?) domain of eye care where I’ve had numerous colleagues say their professional excitement and learning opportunities have been reinvigorated through seeing the clinical imperative and application in practice. Not only does binocular vision assessment add so much more to your clinical picture, and make optometric life more interesting, it could be …

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Myopia control – science or luck?

Mounting evidence from clinical studies published in the last 10 years demonstrate the efficacy of orthokeratology (OrthoK) in slowing myopic progression and controlling axial length increases in children.1,2 OrthoK has also been shown to be a safe and efficacious means of correcting refractive error.3 But, even with our best intention to slow myopic progression with OrthoK, none of us is truly …

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Why outdoor time matters in myopia development

There’s no doubt that the simplest lifestyle intervention we can advise for both our at-risk pre-myopes and progressing myopes is to spend more time outdoors. This data first came to prominence in Rose et al’s 2008 paper, published in Ophthalmology, entitled conclusively that Outdoor activity reduces the prevalence of myopia in children. Over 4000 children (half aged 12 and the …

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