IAPB adopts advisory positions to guide the work of its members and their stakeholders. This position paper has been developed by members of the Refractive Error Working Group based on their learnings, available published evidence and existing position papers by IAPB.
The paper focuses on best practice and minimum standards for clinical interventions – that is, providing appropriate optical correction and slowing the progression of myopia. It does not address regulatory or professional standards specific to varying country contexts.
This paper does not suggest that IAPB is responsible for the actions of its members or responsible for ensuring its members follow these guidelines. Public health interventions and practices for preventing or delaying the onset of myopia, or reducing myopia progression, are out of scope of this paper and will be addressed in a subsequent paper.
The Guide outlines strategies and approaches proposed by WHO that provide practical, step-by-step support to Member States in the planning and implementation of integrated people-centred eye care (IPEC).