The World Council of Optometry (WCO) and CooperVision have partnered to release “A Practical Guide to Managing Children with Myopia.” The professional article is authored by four experienced ocular health and science professionals from around the world. It complements the WCO Standard of Care for Myopia Management by Optometrists Resolution, which embraces evidence-based approaches focused on the three pillars of mitigation, measurement, and management.
The work is available at myopia.worldcouncilofoptometry.info/professional-article-english/ The authors collaborated to share their insights on what the WCO Standard of Care entails and how eyecare professionals can incorporate it in their fight against the worldwide myopia epidemic.
The authors include Dr. Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso of the Philippines, an Asia Pacific Council of Optometry representative for the WCO who operates her private practice, Abesamis Eye Care; Dr. Rufina Chan, who is a visiting lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Optometry and is in private practice; Dr. Kate Gifford of Australia, who works in clinical practice and is co-founder of MyopiaProfile.com; and Dr. Fuensanta Vera-Diaz of Boston, who serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and leads the New England College of Optometry’s Myopia Control Clinic.
The World Council of Optometry and CooperVision partnered in early 2021 to raise awareness of myopia progression and embrace a standard of care to manage the condition. The joint initiative is centered around evidence-based approaches without bias toward any management methodologies. The partnership includes a global multi-lingual myopia management resource.