College of optometrists: Myopia control – trick or treat?

30 October 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

With half the world’s population estimated to be myopic by 2050, Olivier Denève, the College of Optometrists Head of Policy and Public Affairs, asks how can we explain the risks and benefits to patients. It is estimated that half the world’s population will be myopic by 2050. In the UK, the prevalence of myopia in children aged between 10-16 years

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Science Direct: Time outdoors and the prevention of myopia

8 October 2019
Source: Science Direct.

Amanda N.Frencha, Regan S,.Ashby, Ian G.Morgan, Kathryn A.Rose Highlights •  Children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to become myopic. •  This protection appears to be due to time outdoors, rather than engagement in sport. •  Effect sizes suggest that more time outdoors could reduce myopia in children. •  Dopamine release may be stimulated by bright outdoor light,

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Brien Holden Vision Institute: The impact of Myopia throughout the developing world

2 May 2019
Source: IAPB/Brien Holden Institute

Approximately half of the world’s population, including children, live in towns and cities; by 2050, nearly 70% will live in urban areas. The urban landscape dominated by concentrated areas of high-rise, high-density buildings with proximity to services and industries is not only powering the economic engine of nations but transforming the way our children see the world. The ‘average’ child

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College’s Optometry Tomorrow Conference takes place in Birmingham

27 February 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists welcomed over 800 attendees to Birmingham last weekend (24-25 February) for its annual conference and AGM. Held at the city’s Hilton Metropole Hotel, Optometry Tomorrow 2019 saw delegates attend cutting-edge lectures, seminars, peer discussion and hands-on skills and discussion workshops. The extensive programme, in which delegates could obtain up to 16 interactive CET points, saw optometrists

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College of Optometrists: Consensus Statement Myopia Management

20 February 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

Myopia is a global problem. The rising prevalence and the risks of sight-threatening ocular pathology associated with myopia are well documented. On 15 June 2018, The College of Optometrists held a roundtable meeting to bring together clinicians, researchers and lead organisations across eye health, to consider the current evidence on childhood and adult myopia management. This consensus statement represents an

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Researchers investigate how our natural ‘body clock’ could influence short sightedness

14 December 2018
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight and the Thomas Pocklington Trust are funding research to understand how a disrupted ‘natural body clock’ plays a role in the development of short-sightedness (myopia). Researchers from Ulster University will be studying children at low and high risk of developing myopia by taking saliva samples and analysing melatonin levels combined with data about family

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University of Bristol and Cardiff University: Study finds spending more time in education causes myopia (short-sight)

15 June 2018
Source: University of Bristol

Myopia, or short-sight, is one of leading causes of visual disability in the world. The global prevalence is rising rapidly and has reached epidemic levels in the developed countries of East and Southeast Asia. Now a new study, led by the University of Bristol, has shed some light on why the length of time spent in education is a causal

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OPO: Parental attitudes to myopia: a key agent of change for myopia control?

16 May 2018
Source: Journal of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. The College of Optometrists

Journal of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics Purpose With the increasing prevalence in myopia there is growing interest in active myopia prevention. This study aims to increase our understanding of parental attitudes to myopia development and control, as a means to inform future health planning and policy. It evaluates, for the first time, the attitude of parents to myopia and its

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Brien Holden Vision Institute: New Myopia Calculator for Practitioners

5 September 2017
Source: IAPB

A new evidence-based myopia ‘calculator’ developed by the Brien Holden Vision Institute will help support clinicians in communicating and educating patients in managing myopia appropriately. The free, simple to use web-based tool runs on a range of electronic devices and merges individual patient information with different optical and pharmacological treatment options to illustrate the impact on their future level of

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WHO report: The impact of Myopia and High Myopia

31 October 2016
Source: WHO, Brien Holden Vision Institute

Report of the Joint World Health Organization–Brien Holden Vision Institute Global Scientific Meeting on Myopia University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 16–18 March 2015 The prevalence of myopia and high myopia is increasing globally at an alarming rate, with significant increases in the risks for vision impairment from pathological conditions associated with high myopia, including retinal damage, cataract and

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