In 2020, 34% of the U.S. population was myopic. By 2050, that percentage is projected to climb to 58%. The Myopia epidemic is here, and progressing rapidly. Make sure your office is prepared to offer the best myopia patient care.Walman Optical has curated a starter kit of resources to help your practice serve your myopic and pre-myopic patients. Jump ahead to each section at the links below:
Pre-Work: Strategy Session
Before implementing a myopia practice strategy in your office, schedule time to educate yourself and your staff and plan for success.
The Myopia Epidemic
The world is becoming more myopic. Make sure you are prepared to manage your patients' myopia and educate your community about this growing concern with this article from The Review of Myopia Management.
Global Standard of Care
In April 2021, the World Council of Optometry unanimously approved a resolution advising optometrists to incorporate a standard of care for myopia management within their practices.
How to build a myopia control practice
This article from Optometry Times offers a framework for eye care professionals building a myopia control practice.
Practice Success Strategies
This article from Review of Myopia Management outlines 12 actions to create a successful Myopia Management Specialty.
Make sure you are informing your patients and their parents about the myopia epidemic and the importance of early treatment!
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Eye Exam vs. Vision Screening
A school vision screening is not an eye exam!
Vision screenings provide less than 4% of the information generated during a comprehensive eye exam and miss up to 75% of children with vision problems. Make sure to schedule your kids' back-to-school eye exams! #eyecare #optical
Pandemic Myopia Risk
Pandemic screentime-related eye complaints
With kids spending unprecedented amounts of time in front of screens the past year, there are reports of sharp increases in blurred vision and eyestrain, which can be indicators of myopia progression. Make sure to schedule your child's eye exam today to assess their risk of increasing nearsightedness! #eyecare #myopia #optical
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