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Myopia reports provide guidance for management of condition

The IMI’s eight reports aim to form a basis for further research

05 Mar 2019 by Andrew McClean

The International Myopia Institute (IMI) has published eight reports in order to provide the most up-to-date guidance on the eye condition.

Published in a special edition of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, IMI contributors summarise evidence from reports and peer-review studies.

Guidance is provided to eye care professionals, researchers, industry and policy-makers on topics such as defining and classifying myopia, myopia genetics, and interventions for onset and progression of myopia.

It is hoped that the reports will form a basis for further research, bridging gaps and connecting people who have not previously exchanged information and ideas.

Contributors include: Professor Ian Flitcroft, a Dublin-based ophthalmologist; Professor Christine Wildsoet from the University of California, Berkeley; Professor James Wolffsohn from Aston University; and Dr Kate Gifford, lecturer and research fellow at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

The IMI was founded by Professor Brien Holden in 2015 in order to improve knowledge and better inform clinicians about the evidence for managing myopia and to promote future research.

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has welcomed the publication of the reports, stating that they provide a basis for clinical practice and future research.

“The reports clearly advocate the need for myopia control strategies,” the BCLA said in a statement.

For more information and to download the reports, visit the IMI website.

Image credit: American Academy of Optometry

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