For Eye Care Professionals

Myopia can have a serious impact on patients and their loved ones. Through education and shareable resources, you can help support ocular health.

September 30, 2021

World Sight Day 2021 is October 14: Share helpful information about kids’ eye health

October 14, 2021, is World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year awareness is more important than ever as recently researchers have found a rise in nearsightedness in children during home confinement due to the pandemic. To help you access important educational information, we’ve […]

January 27, 2021

Myopia awareness and action 2020 year-in-review: coming together to face an increased risk of myopia and to protect children’s vision

This year, organizations, associations, and influencers continued to emphasize myopia awareness and education. In March, the novel coronavirus was declared a national emergency in the United States. As stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 impacted us all, the focus turned even more to increased time on devices, less time spent outside, and the need to take […]

August 3, 2020

Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC): The group of organizations and eye care thought leaders dedicated to raising awareness of myopia

Eye care professionals are often asked by parents, “Why haven’t I heard about myopia management before?” when they learn regular glasses and contact lenses only compensate for their child’s blurry vision and that there are options available for slowing the progression of myopia. This was the driving force behind the creation of the Global Myopia […]

May 1, 2020

The myopia infographic that your patients need to see

Research has found that pediatric eye care is not always a top priority for parents. Only 57% of parents reported making regular eye doctor appointments and even fewer (27%) said they took their child to an optometrist in the past year. Of the parents surveyed, 88% felt that comprehensive exams aren’t needed until children are […]

March 9, 2020

Myopia awareness and action 2019 year-in-review

As myopia is an eye disease with increasing prevalence, particularly in children, it’s important that we come together to take measures to increase awareness of the condition, its impact, causes, and treatment options. In 2019, we saw great strides in this mission, which we’ve highlighted below. It’s a great time to reflect on what we’ve […]

September 6, 2019

Advice & Actions: Creating a myopia management specialty

As the myopia epidemic rises—prevalence in the U.S. has grown to more than 40 percent and has been predicted to be more than 50 percent by 20501—now is the time to think about a myopia management specialty for your practice.

August 20, 2019

A tool to help you talk about myopia with your patients

Eye care professionals are no strangers to myopia, but for patients, myopia, its causes, and understanding next steps are not always clear. Speaking to your patients about myopia and myopia management is important. Educating your patients in advance can make a difference in proactively preventing, detecting, and treating their myopia. So how do you start […]

August 15, 2019

What are the long-term risks of myopia in children?

Children who develop myopia may continue to have their vision worsen over time. Earlier myopia onset can lead to a faster rate of progression and a greater final degree of myopia.1 By 2050, 10% of the world’s population is projected to be classified as high myopes (myopia generally defined as <-6.0 Diopters) [WHO report].2


What experts are saying

“Classically, we haven’t thought of myopia as a disease, but, based on the latest science, we should.”

– Thomas Aller, OD