Full course description


Introduction


Research from the Brien Holden Vision Institute and other colleagues show that there are ways to delay the onset and manage the progression of myopia, giving better visual outcomes for the child.

This intake of the course is now closed for enrolments, but click here if you would like to register your interest for future courses!


Overview


Managing Myopia takes the latest advances in research and makes them clinically relevant for all eye care practitioners. It will change the way you understand myopia, help you identify candidates at risk, and empower you with the skills to better manage progressive myopia for your patients.

Here’s what some of the optometrists that participated in the pilot course said:




This intake of the course is now closed for enrolments, but check back for future versions!
 

Course outline


This new interactive online course includes:
  • 14 instructional videos (can be completed at your own pace)
  • 8 interactive case studies (can be completed at your own pace)
  • An interactive webinar (Wed 5 July, 7:30pm AEST, presented by Dr Monica Jong and featuring Margaret Lam and Dr Alex Hui. A recording of the webinar will be available afterwards.)

Managing Myopia is divided into 2 modules: Risk Assessment and Myopia Management.

On the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Discuss the increasing epidemiology and burden of myopia with colleagues and patients
  • Create a myopia risk profile for onset and fast progression of myopia 
  • Communicate the risks of myopia and need to slow progression with children & parents. 
  • Explain and discuss with children & parents pros and cons of different management strategies 
  • Create, justify and implement an appropriate myopia management plan
All content is delivered fully online, and can be accessed using a desktop PC or tablet.

The course is CPD certified for Australian optometrists (10 points in total, including 3 face-to-face points and 1 therapeutic point). Points will be allocated for each session completed, up to a possible total of 10 points.

After you have paid and secured your place for the course, the course will begin 9am, Tuesday June 20th, 2017. The price of this course includes GST.







 

Register your interest


If you would like to register your interest in the next Managing Myopia course for Australian optometrists, please click here.
 

Contributors


Some of the world's leading experts on myopia are contributing to this program:

 

Assoc. Prof. Padmaja Sankaridurg

Myopia Program Leader, Brien Holden Vision Institute

Padmaja has been researching myopia for over 10 years. Padmaja has over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals, has authored chapters in books and has delivered many podium presentations. In addition, she is also involved in post graduate supervision and manages the Intellectual Property portfolio of the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Recently, she and her co-authors were awarded the Garland W. Clay award by the American Academy of Optometry in 2013 for the most cited research article in the journal Optometry and Vision Science for their work on myopia.

 

Dr. Monica Jong

Senior Research Fellow, Brien Holden Vision Institute

Some of Monica’s activities at the Brien Holden Vision Institute include managing the analysis of the Zhongshan Opthalmic Center (ZOC) and the Institute’s high myopia database in China, advocating for the recognition of high myopia as a cause of blindness through her role as the secretary of the Refractive Error Working Group in the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and is currently the Executive Manager of The Myopia Institute.

Monica has also co-supervised graduate students and co- authored a number of scientific papers, and speaks regularly at global scientific and practitioner meetings..

 

Prof. Earl Smith III

Dean, College of Optometry, University of Houston

Professor Smith, who is the Dean and Greeman-Petty Professor at the University of Houston’s College of Optometry, has changed our understanding of the factors that drive myopic growth, determining that the development of myopia is largely controlled by the peripheral retina, rather than the central retina.

His primary research interests are focused on the optics of the eye, especially on the environmental and physiological factors that influence the eye’s refractive status..

 

Dr. Alex Hui

Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Australia

Alex lectures in ocular disease and therapeutics, and his research focuses on the development and testing of novel ways to treat ocular diseases. His peer-reviewed publications include utilising contact lenses as a means to deliver pharmaceuticals to the eye.

His other research interests include development of drug delivery systems for the treatment of diseases of the eye, including development of new eye drops and biomaterials, as well as the use of atropine for the treatment of myopia.

 

Margaret Lam

Principal optometrist, theeyecarecompany & Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Australia

Margaret Lam has been a principal optometrist in theeyecarecompany since 2005, a small group of optometry practices that focus on professional eyecare across locations in Sydney. She practices full scope optometry, and has extensive experience in specialty contact lens fitting including keratoconus, orthokeratology, and all types of corneal ectasia and has been a past recipient of the Neville Fulthorpe Award for Clinical Excellence. 

Margaret enjoys her work mentoring optometry students in optometric practice and specialty contact lens fitting and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer for the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW. Margaret also works in several advisory roles with leading contact lens companies, writes a regular column for the optometry journal mivision and has also published articles in Australian Optometry, and works as the State President for the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia for NSW and as a Councillor for Optometry Australia NSW/ACT division.

 

Dr. Isabelle Jalbert

Deputy Head of School and Senior Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Australia

Isabelle is the author of almost 50 refereed papers and several book chapters. As a Senior Lecturer in Optometry and Vision Science, she teaches ocular diseases and ocular therapeutics.

Her research interests include anterior segment diseases, contact lenses, and public health optometry. She is also an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of evidence-based practice in optometry.

 

Dr. Pauline Kang

Lecturer, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Australia

Pauline's research focuses on optical strategies of myopia control. In particular, she has been exploring optical changes induced by various types of contact lenses to better understand how different contact lenses induce myopia control effects.

Her research has also explored changes in visual function, binocularity and accommodation with contact lenses used for myopia control, with the aim of improving efficacy of current myopia control devices.

 

Daniel Tilia

Clinical Research Manager, Brien Holden Vision Institute

Daniel has published on a variety of ophthalmic topics, including ocular pathology, contact lens case contamination, contact lens compliance, contact lens deposition, contact lens solution compatibility and novel contact lenses for correcting presbyopia and myopia.

He has also presented at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA).

Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy

The Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy is a center of excellence for global eye health and vision care education.

With a commitment to human resource development and quality life‐long learning, the Academy promotes the implementation of sustainable programs by creating and providing the educational support (courses, resources and advice) essential to human resource capacity building, especially in the developing context.

Underpinning the Academy is the belief that education is the most effective way to build the capacity necessary to influence the change essential for reducing the social and economic effect of avoidable vision impairment.