Insightful Research: International Myopia Institute Unveils 2023 White Papers
The International Myopia Institute (IMI) has released its much-awaited white papers on myopia. The institute first released a series of white papers in 2019 that served as a guide for managing and treating myopia. The latest papers, published in September 2021, provide “a thorough update on the accumulated knowledge, the quality of evidence, and the options for clinical management that is now available,” according to James S. Wolffsohn, BOptom, PhD, who served as the chair of the IMI.
New Findings and Key Takeaways
The findings of the white papers look at different aspects of myopia currently affecting millions of people worldwide. This includes the prevalence, influence on quality of life, and the long-term effects of myopia, especially in high myopia cases. The papers also detail interventions aimed at controlling myopia. One of the key findings was the benefits of “multi-focal contact lenses” and atropine eye drops in halting the development of myopia.
Another area that received attention in the white paper is the definition of myopia and high myopia, with the latter now defined by a refractive error of -6.00 D or worse instead of -5.00 D, as the latest research has shown this is a better indicator of increased ocular morbidity.
The papers also highlight new knowledge on how genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle play significant roles in myopia progression and develop interventions to help control myopia in children.
What the Findings Mean for the Future
Myopia is one of the most common vision problems worldwide, and the latest white papers provide updated information on myopia and how to manage it. The papers are intended for optometrists, ophthalmologists, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients with myopia. It will update clinicians’ knowledge about myopia to improve the quality of clinical care, slow down progression, and reduce the risk of future vision complications.
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The International Myopia Institute has released the latest white papers on myopia management, detailing new findings and key takeaways affecting millions worldwide. The papers provide updated information on managing and treating myopia, highlighting new knowledge in genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that play significant roles in myopia progression. The white papers offer guidance and interventions that can help manage and control myopia in both children and adults, improving clinicians’ knowledge and the quality of clinical care. #HEALTH