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Webinar: An evidence-based approach to myopia management in practice

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This webinar, delivered in partnership with CooperVision, is designed to support eye care practitioners in weighing up myopia management options, so they can apply evidence-based practice to their advice, in consultation with the patient, to select the most appropriate approach for the child in their consulting room. Professor James Wolffsohn and Indie Grewal will share the latest clinical evidence-base supporting myopia management and how clinicians can equip themselves to turn this knowledge into application in the consulting room.

Evidence-based practice has developed from evidence-based medicine and its principles centre on the application of clinical research to patient care. It supports healthcare decisions being made using the strongest available research evidence from the scientific, peer-reviewed journals, clinical judgement informed by the experience of the clinician, along with the environment and preferences of the individual patient. Hierarchical evidence models categorise the strength of evidence from different academic sources, from systematic reviews and randomised controlled clinical trials, to case reports and expert opinion communications. This should help inform professional body clinical guidelines and can help eye care professionals appraise the strength of the evidence of presented scientific information.

While there is an imperative to reduce future visual impairment by reducing the prevalence and progression of myopia, despite growing eye care practitioner concern as to the rising prevalence of myopia, the majority of lenses fitted to progressing myopic children continue to be single vision spectacles and contact lenses. There are significantly more clinical trials validating myopia control treatments than there are for commonly practised interventions, so it cannot be reasonably claimed there is not sufficient evidence to act.

CET

This webinar is approved for one interactive CET point (O, DO, CLO).

To be eligible for the CET you must attend for the duration of the session. We recommend you join the session at least five minutes before the webinar is due to begin.

6:30PM - 7:30PM

An evidence-based approach to myopia management in practice

Professor James Wolffsohn

Following a 1st class Optometry degree from Manchester, a pre-registration year at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, a PhD at Cardiff University and a clinical/research fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Professor Wolffsohn was appointed by Aston University in 2000, where he was Head of Optometry 2004-9 and Deputy Executive Dean for Life and Health Sciences 2009-16, being awarded a personal Chair in 2007. He is now associate Pro-Vice Chancellor. James has published over 265 peer reviewed academic papers and given numerous international presentations. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and the tear film. He is the academic chair of the British Contact Lens Association, having been a past president, was a harmoniser and sub-committee chair for TFOS DEWS II and joint-Chair of the International Myopia Institute reports, and was chair of the BCLA Contact Lens Evidence-based Academic Reports (CLEAR).

Indie Grewal

Indie is a qualified dispensing optician and optometrist with 30 years' experience within the optical Industry. Shortly after qualifying as an optometrist, he joined Visioncare Research as a research optometrist. He opened his own Leightons franchise in St Albans in 2001, and as well as participating in contact lens clinical trials, he has a special interest in myopia management and multifocal contact lens fitting. Indie’s passion for contact lenses has seen him work with major contact lens manufacturers and as a key opinion leader, he has presented both in the UK and internationally. Indie is a fellow, council member and president of the BCLA.