HOYA Vision Care and Myopia Profile, a leading international myopia educational company, announced the roll out of a suite of co-created certified training courses to educate, inform and empower Eye Care Professionals (ECPs) to prescribe spectacle lenses for children in the global fight to address and manage myopia.
The bespoke program developed together includes certified courses on general knowledge about myopia, the myopia management landscape and training on the MiYOSMART spectacle lens. The content is housed on HOYA’s global training platform available in more than 20 countries.
Myopia or near sightedness is a growing global health concern with industry experts predicting nearly 50% of the world’s population to be impacted by 20501. “The strategic partnership with Myopia Profile aligns with one of HOYA Vision Care’s core missions to provide information and innovative solutions to our valued ECP’s who are on the front lines as we globally address the exponentially growing problem of myopia in children,” said Randy Richardson, VP global training and education at HOYA Vision Care. “Understanding and managing myopia in children is critical not only to everyone
in our industry but to the current and future generations as eye health and clear vision are imperative
to productive societies.”
HOYA Vision Care has been a leader in myopia management in children launching the MiYOSMART spectacle lens in 2018 developed in cooperation with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The easy to prescribe lens uses the revolutionary Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (D.I.M.S.) Technology that provides children with clear vision and is proven to slow down, and in some cases halt, myopia progression for children ages 8-13.
Results of a recent three-year follow-up study, conducted by the Centre for Myopia Research at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and published in March 2021 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, showed that slowing down the progression of myopia over time was sustained in the group of children wearing MiYOSMART spectacle lens with D.I.M.S. Technology.
Dr. Paul Gifford and Dr. Kate Gifford, founders of Myopia Profile, said “we are pleased to have collaborated with HOYA Vision Care in their project to bring comprehensive educational support to ECPs engaging in myopia management and prescribing the groundbreaking MiYOSMART spectacle lens. Evidence-based, responsible clinical communication and prescribing for myopic children are of utmost importance. Myopia Profile’s work in laying the foundation on myopia consequences, interventions and clinical approaches sits alongside HOYA Vision Care’s training on MiYOSMART
to provide a thorough base for ECPs seeking to make a difference to the progression of childhood
myopia across the world.”