Essilor and Myopia Profile partner for childhood myopia resources
The collaboration will see the development of educational content which will aim to enhance the clinical knowledge and skills of practitioners in managing childhood myopia
Through the agreement, the partners will work on developing educational content to increase the knowledge and skills of primary eye care practitioners from prescribing spectacle lenses to young children, to getting started in myopia management, clinical communication, and understanding the latest research.
The partnership will also aim to boost public awareness of the consequences of myopia, and encourage more parents to have their children’s vision tested.
Commenting on the collaboration, Olga Prenat, global director of education and professional relations, Essilor International, and chief editor of Points de Vue, International Review of Ophthalmic Optics, said combining the reach of the two organisations will help “educate and boost knowledge-sharing among eye care professionals worldwide.”
The companies hope this will, in turn, “ultimately contribute to widespread adoption of myopia management.” Ms Prenat continued: “More importantly, it will help us promote better vision and eye health for children with myopia across the world.”
Content for practitioners will be hosted on MyopiaProfile.com and will include research summaries with clinical relevance, clinical case studies, podcasts and resources to use in practice.
Dr Kate Gifford, director of Myopia Profile, commented: “This is the biggest sight issue affecting our children today and will increasingly become an eye health problem for our adults of tomorrow.”
“With various optical and pharmacological interventions to slow down the typical pattern of childhood myopia progression, it is of vital importance we educate practitioners and parents to improve children’s sight now and their eye health for the future” Ms Gifford added.
Research suggests myopia affects around one-third of the world’s population, and is projected to increase to half of the world’s population by 2050, with almost 1 billion people at “significant lifelong risk” of eye disease due to high myopia.
For more from Myopia Profile, read OT’s May feature on the international work taking place to tackle myopia.