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ST. LOUIS, APRIL13, 2021—Furthering its commitment to address the global epidemic of childhood myopia, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution advising optometrists to incorporate a standard of care for myopia management within their practices.
“Myopia is increasing at an alarming rate, as are the risks for vision impairment associated with the condition1. With more than five billion people projected to be affected by myopia by 20502, the global optometric community must increase its efforts to combat this public health issue,” said Paul Folkesson, president, World Council of Optometry. “Significant research has identified a number of interventions to potentially control the progression of myopia. Establishing a standard of care that regularly and consistently applies these interventions, particularly at an early age, may prevent or delay the onset of myopia, or halt or slow its progression.”
The resolution defines the evidence–based standard of care as comprising of three main components:
It also advises optometrists to incorporate within their practice the standard of care for myopia management,which shifts from simply correcting vision to managing the condition, and also includes public education and early, frequent discussions with parents that explain:
The standard of care resolution can be found in its entirety on the World Council of Optometry’s website, here.
Image: Boy with myopia/Arati Banset