Myopia Management: Unique Tactics for Patient Education
The prevalence of myopia, or nearsightedness, is on an alarming rise. This may be due to a rise in computer usage but as a result, myopia management is a fast-evolving field in optometry and ophthalmology. Reports indicate that nearly 30% of the global population is affected by myopia, and this number is predicted to encompass half of the world’s population by 2050. So how can we proactively slow this myopia epidemic?
Consequently, how are experts implementing myopia management into their practice? What impact is it having on patient outcomes? As a patient or parent, what do you need to understand about this growing field?
Today’s episode of ECP Viewpoints, hosted by renowned optometrist, Dr. Jennifer Polompi, attempts to answer this question. She’s joined by Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Aamena Kazmi, two frontrunners in the field of myopia management, to help us demystify the practices and impacts of myopia control.
In this episode, we’ll delve into:
- The alarming rise of myopia and the importance of myopia management.
- The standard methods used, such as soft multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology (Ortho-K), and atropine drops.
- The role of education, staff training, and dedication in successfully implementing myopia management into practices.
Join the conversation on Spotify or Apple Podcast for valuable insights. For example, Dr. Kazmi shares that “educating patients and their parents about myopia management is as crucial.” She believes that education allows patients to understand the condition and manage their disease at home
Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, hailing from Bright Eyes Family Vision Care in Tampa, Florida, has played a pivotal role in patient care. His practice has seen significant improvement in patient outcomes. Dr. Aamena Kazmi, from Bel Air Family Eye Care in Bel Air, Texas, places a strong emphasis on patient education and thorough staff training to ensure optimal results. Both are ardent advocates for continued learning to stay abreast of the latest research and techniques.