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BHVI launches Global Myopia Centre

14/11/2018By Myles Hume
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The Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) has developed an online platform it hopes will become a global hub for myopia management.

The new Global Myopia Centre combines into one platform the institute’s expertise and resources in myopia research, practitioner training and advocacy. It aims to educate eyecare professionals and equip them to manage the impending escalation in myopia.

According to BHVI, the online centre will host a worldwide Myopia Education Program, feature online tools for myopia management, global prevalence data, the latest relevant peer-reviewed references, and information and resources for advocacy initiatives.

BHVI CEO Ms Yvette Waddell said the organisation had experience in myopia research, practitioner training and development of technology and practical resources. She added that BHVI was well-placed to deliver what practitioners need to transition effectively to myopia management.


“The Global Myopia Centre is bringing together the most critical knowledge and resources to the one platform to assist busy eye care professionals in better understanding all the new information available to them.”
Yvette Waddell, BHVI

“The Global Myopia Centre is bringing together the most critical knowledge and resources to the one platform to assist busy eyecare professionals in better understanding all the new information available to them,” Waddell said.

BHVI has already developed an online ‘myopia calculator’ and ‘guidelines for myopia management’, which are feely available from the centre.

“Our first ‘managing myopia’ course has been extremely popular and in November we are launching ‘complex cases’, responding to participant feedback,” Waddell said.

“In 2019, we are planning a new course ‘the business of myopia’, which will focus on adapting an optometric practice to maximise this transformation in patient care.”

Leading international myopia researcher Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, Head of the Global Myopia Centre, said the platform would bring together the institute’s strengths across all aspects of myopia, specifically tailored for practitioners.

“We are at the cutting-edge of myopia research and can provide what optometrists need to adapt to what will be a monumental change in the profession,” Sankaridurg said.

“Importantly, this platform will continue to evolve and keep pace with new evidence, collaborators and technology. The Global Myopia Centre will link all aspects of myopia, from epidemiology and understanding the escalation, to offering education and professional models of myopia management in the community.”

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