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HE SAID: Instruments for use in a myopia management practice

Myopia-management is typically performed on children of various ages and so a computer-driven acuity chart is recommended due to the myriad of choices available in terms of letters, symbols and other functions. These can be especially useful when measuring visual acuity in young children.

SHE SAID: Instruments for use in a myopia management practice

Eye care practices are increasingly employing new and high-end technology with an aim to improve the level of patient care. In particular, myopia management is an area where there is a need for appropriate technology and instrumentation considering that the management practices are aimed at children.

Who is at risk of developing myopia?

Early onset of myopia leads to higher net myopia due to progression being faster at younger ages and more years spent in progression mode.1 The burden is significant with high myopia (greater than -5.00D) increasing the risk of complications such as glaucoma, cataract, retinal breaks and myopic maculopathy.

Optical and pharmaceutical strategies for myopia control

What is the risk for a child who presents in your practice with myopia – of developing high myopia? What factors do you need to take into consideration and what is the evidence for the different strategies available to manage their progression?

Prevalence: 50% of the world myopic by 2050

With studies indicating a rapidly increasing prevalence of myopia worldwide, Professor Brien Holden and colleagues undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to predict how the situation might progress to the middle of the 21st century.

Burden: Economic cost of potential lost productivity

With it widely accepted that the prevalence of myopia is increasing globally, researchers have now turned their attention to better understanding the economic impacts of this trend. A recent study, published in the journal Ophthalmology, has assessed the potential productivity loss associated with uncorrected myopia and vision impairment from myopic macular degeneration (MMD), estimating that the loss amounted to US$250 billion in 2015 alone.

Solution: Myopia control interventions

The latest evidence on interventions to manage myopia, compiled by global experts in the myopia control field, is now available in a special feature in the latest edition of the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS).