Eight Myopia Mysteries (plus eight more!)

This open-access continuing education article I authored was published in Australian professional journal Mivision in December 2018. It describes that while there’s a lot we know about myopia control – the imperative to reduce lifelong risk of vision impairment; that numerous options are available; and that the sooner we start the better – it is imperative for the clinician to …

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Contact lenses for kids – paediatric, parent and practitioner psychology

When selecting an optical treatment for myopia management, contact lens options appear to be the most consistent, with OrthoK and multifocal soft contact lenses offering around a 50% efficacy for controlling refractive and axial change in myopia.1 And it’s not just the important benefit of modifying lifelong risk of vision impairment through successful myopia control which should be top of …

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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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Latest research: International Myopia Conference 2017, Part 1

The sixteenth, biennial International Myopia Conference (IMC) brought together over 350 myopia researchers from more than a dozen countries to drizzly, chilly Birmingham in September 2017, where the latest research was presented in 45 lectures and more than 150 scientific posters over four days. The session topics covered prevalence, progression and risk factors of myopia, mechanisms such as light exposure …

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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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SMART study – orthokeratology slows progression of myopia

The recently published outcome from this multi-site USA based study is in agreement with previous studies comparing effect of orthokeratology in slowing progression of myopia in children compared to disposable soft contact lenses. Multi-site study across USA with patients followed for 3 years Children aged 11-14 Emerald lens design vs PureVision OK group progressed by -0.13D over 3 years, and …

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In Optika Forma – Customising the perfect myopia control contact lens

Myopia control is much more than just a new modality for our contact lens practice – it is a shift in paradigm. We may be converting our practices from simply correcting ametropia and servicing our patients’ refractive needs to treating them in a therapeutic way, preventing or minimizing myopic retinopathy and potentially changing lives. We actually may need new terminology …

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Orthokeratology for myopia control – meta-analysis

Two meta-analysis papers were published in the first half of 2015, both from Chinese research groups. Meta-analysis requires specifying a search criteria which is then followed over a set period of time to include all papers and reports that are caught by the search criteria terms. These papers are then individually analysed for whether they match the inclusion criteria set …

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