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.



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.


This course is intended for practitioners in the United States and Canada, and the course price is in US dollars. All practitioners are welcome to enrol, however CPD points are only available through COPE, and please check the webinar time in your time zone to ensure it suits you. 
After you have enrolled and secured your place, the course will open August 14.





 

Course details


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, presented by Dr Monica Jong, on Wednesday August 30th at 5pm PST, 6pm, MDT, 7pm CDT, 8pm EDT. 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, you 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 by COPE for US and Canadian optometrists (5 CE hours in total).

After you have paid and secured your place for the course, the course will open and and all course materials will be available on Monday August 14th, 2017.

Please be aware all assessment must be completed by September 4, after which the course will close.







 

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.

 

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.