12.10pm - 1.10pm
Lecture | Lecture
Myopia Management: evaluating the evidence and efficacy

CPD ref: C-102373

Description: This lecture will examine the methods of myopia management available to eye care professionals in the UK and the evidence to support their adoption. Both pre-myopia behavioural interventions and the optical myopia management strategies will be briefly presented and evidence of efficacy in influencing myopic eye growth evaluated. Strategies for determining success will be considered.

Target audience: Optometrist, Dispensing optician, Contact lens optician

Domains and learning outcomes: Clinical practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date
- Understands the main evidence-based myopia management options currently available in the UK.
- Able to appreciate the current evidence-base which supports the use of myopia management strategies and where gaps in knowledge exist.
- Understands how to best identify whether myopia management strategies are having the desired effect on progression and appreciates the uncertainties linked with such evaluations.


Professor Kathryn Saunders PhD BSc FCOptom

Kathryn is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. Her research interests include the development of refractive error in infancy and childhood in typically developing children and in the presence of developmental disability.

She has published over 80 scientific peer-reviewed papers and attracted substantial research funding, including from the College of Optometry.

Professor Saunders has led the College-funded Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) study, a large longitudinal epidemiological study of refractive error, for the past 12 years. The NICER study has provided new insight into the prevalence, onset, and progression of myopia in modern school age children living in the UK. Kathryn is a co-investigator on the NIHR-funded CHAMP-UK study, the first randomised controlled trial of low-dose atropine for treating myopic progression in the UK.

She remains a practising optometrist with a strong interest in translational research which improves vision care and visual outcomes for people with and without special needs.

Dr Lesley Doyle BSc MCOptom Prof Cert Med Ret Prof Cert Glauc

Dr Lesley Doyle is a Research Associate in Optometry and Vision Science at Ulster University, and a Research Optometrist and Study Coordinator for the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network Vision Group. Lesley is currently working on the NICER and CHAMP-UK studies whilst engaging in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She has a number of peer-reviewed scientific papers on research interests including risk factors for the development of myopia, the use of cycloplegia for determining refractive error in children and visual function in children with Down syndrome.