BCLA meeting in Singapore
Recently I attended the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) Asia conference which this year was held in Singapore. It was an excellent meeting with over 180 delegates from all over the world in attendance and various topics were covered including myopia control, orthokeratology, presbyopic contact lens fitting and dry eye.
One of the best lectures at the meeting was a presentation by my colleague and friend Dr Kate Gifford on management guidelines for myopia (short sightedness) in clinical practice. Kate is an optometrist with an independent practice in Brisbane and – in addition to being a contact lens specialist – she is world renowned for her work on myopia control. The growing incidence of paediatric myopia worldwide has recently led to the World Health Organization classifying this problem as an epidemic, which makes sense when you consider that myopia is associated with an increased risk of potentially sight-threatening problems such as glaucoma, retinal detachment and cataract.
Kate is a member of the newly formed International Myopia Institute, which is a consortium of global experts, with several committees constituted to examine the evidence-based research on myopia and then advise eye care practitioners on how this information can be used to manage myopia successfully. One such committee – of which Kate is the chair – has the task of formulating clinical guidelines for myopia control that can be utilized in clinical practice.