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New Zealand Myopia Control Road show & New Advancements

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Monday, September 03, 2018

Recently there was an exciting New Zealand myopia (short-sightedness) road show organised by the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of NZ covering the latest research for myopia control (ie slowing myopia) with Australian experts Dr Kate Gifford and Dr Paul Gifford. Kate and Paul are the founders of Myopia Profile – a website dedicated to the latest evidence-based myopia control management for optometrists and health professionals; https://myopiaprofile.com/. They are also the founders of a website My Kids Vision dedicated to public myopia control education (ensure to check this out!) https://www.mykidsvision.org/ and a blog where optometrists worldwide share their expertise in myopia control options and answer common questions - https://medium.com/mykidsvision.  1/3rd of NZ optometrists attended the recent road show to learn the latest regarding myopia control to ensure they offer best patient care and practice.

Left to right: Jagrut Lallu, Alex Petty

Left to right: Jagrut Lallu, Dr Rasha Altaie, Dr Kate Gifford, Dr Paul Gifford, Safal Khanal

Other speakers included Dr Rasha Altaie,a paediatric and corneal ophthalmologist with an enormous passion for myopia management, collaborative care and public awareness. Rasha spoke about the importance of public awareness and collaborative care with optometrists, and discussed the role of Atropine eye drops and measuring the length of the eyeball to watch for myopia progression.

Our Orthokeratology board members Jagrut and Alex in NZ have also recently been driving public and professional awareness of myopia. Jagrut spoke with 100 ophthalmologists  (almost all NZ eye surgeons) about collaborative care pathways for myopia. Jagrut and ophthalmologist Dr Rasha Altaie have also organised the following not-for-profit website www.outdoorplay.nz to raise public awareness, and designed posters which have been distributed to schools, GPs, nurses and optometrists. (See the pic with Jagrut and Alex demonstrating the poster at one of the Myopia Road show destinations in Hamilton!).

NZ Optometrist Alex Petty based in Tauranaga, has worked with another local ophthalmologist, Dr Graham Wilson to write a public health facing document on reducing the impact of childhood myopia in NZ, proposing the creation of a multidisciplinary action group. This has been submitted for publication to the NZ Medical Journal and has intended use in advocacy to government.

Safal Khanal is in the final year of his PhD at the University of Auckland, examining changes in the blood flow at the back of the eye (the choroid) with optical defocus. Thinning of the choroid could pre-empt growth in the length of the eyeball, and Safal‘s work could help us understand the mechanism of current optical treatments and how to potentially customise which treatment will work best for each individual.

Oceania has fantastic myopia research and optometrists working in this arena. One daily disposable soft contact lens designed for myopia control named Misight (Coopervision) was designed at the University of Auckland. Another myopia control soft lens named Mylo (Markennovy) that was under research at the Brien Holden Vision Institute  (NSW) will be released for the Australian market next year. Professor Collins at Qld University of Technology is also leading research in soft contact lens design and myopia control.  The scientific advancements in myopia control technologies are exciting, and appear only to be the beginning of scientific breakthroughs regarding myopia control and preventative eye health. The OSO board is excited to have many of these global leaders speaking at our upcoming conference next month. If you are a health clinician, ensure to secure your place by registering online at http://www.oso.net.au/whats-on

As a recap, if you would like to learn more about myopia control head to

For optometrists, ophthalmologists and health practitioners head to

 -Natalie Buckman, OSO Board Member

Mark Hinds discusses Orthokeratology and Myopia Control at the Australian Vision Convention

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Orthokeratology Society of Oceania member and contact lens expert; Mark Hinds recently delivered a fantastic myopia (short-sightedness) control and Orthokeratology lecture at the Australian Vision Convention (AVC).

As noted by the World Health Organisation (2015) there is an alarming increase in the prevalence of myopia and high myopia, which significantly increases the risks of vision loss from associated conditions including glaucoma, damage to the retina (the layer at the back of the eye), cataract, myopia-related macula changes and more (1). Similar to treating high systolic blood pressure for increased risk of stroke, Mark discussed the increased odds ratio risk of eye conditions with higher levels of myopia. Mark discussed the importance that optometrists offer progressing myopic children/adolescents the options to slow progression, including that of Orthokeratology lenses.

Orthokeratology, also knows as Orthok lenses have the lifestyle benefit of wearing no correction (no contact lenses or glasses) during the day, as well as research showing their role in slowing myopia progression. (1) To learn more and find your local optometrist that fits Orthokeratology lenses head to http://www.oso.net.au/where-do-i-get-it

Thank you Mark for sharing your knowledge and experience at AVC to increase awareness and knowledge of the myopia epidemic and the options available to optometrists and the public in protecting their eye health.

(1) WHO (2015). The impact of Myopia and High Myopia. http://www.who.int/blindness/causes/MyopiaReportforWeb.pdf

-Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

Kids Ortho-k (Overnight Reshaping lenses) Experiences

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Monday, March 12, 2018

Optometrists and parents often understand the benefits of protecting our vision and eyes. When it comes to fitting children and adolescents with Orthokeratology lenses to slow down short-sightedness, it is often great to read of other people’s experiences. This is a link to a Melbourne practice with Orthokeratologist and Optometrist Dr Philip Cheng who has shared some of their patient experiences (patient names changed for confidentiality reasons). https://www.kidsorthok.com.au/experiences.html


Myopia Control & Ortho K Experiences · Melbourne
Here are some of our patients' stories and experiences with myopia control and Ortho-K lenses. Myopia treatments do work very well to slow progression in most children, and OK lenses have given our adult patients new freedom to see clearly.

-Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

Latest Scientific Research investigating Myopia (Short-sightedness) Control

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Saturday, February 10, 2018

The past few decades has seen a surge in research across the globe investigating effective myopia (short-sightedness) control methods ie. how to slow down short-sighted changes. This has meant good quality studies in different parts of the world investigating multiple strategies and optical modalities to slow myopia progression.

Many patients across the world have and are already benefitting from the new methods that optometrists provide including Orthokeratology overnight re-shaping lenses, multifocal soft contact lenses and Atropine eye drops.

Current research underway includes a clinical trial at the Illinois College of Optometry titled ‘Effectiveness of Orthokeratology in Myopia Control’ looking at African American children. To read more about this study click on the link below.  https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03465748

Effectiveness of Orthokeratology in Myopia Control - Full Text View - ClinicalTrials.gov
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Current groundbreaking Australian research includes investigation of a soft contact lens design for myopia control at Queensland University of Technology directed by Professor Collins. Myopia affects around 15 per cent of Australians and this number is rising. Due to the increased health risks to the eye with shortsightedness, researchers and clinicians are emphasizing the need to slow down these changes early. Follow the link for more information; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/the-eyes-have-it-uni-creates-contact-lenses-that-slow-vision-loss-20180109-p4yycg.html

-Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

Ophthalmic trade journal Mivision highlights Myopia Public Health Epidemic and Myopia Control Options

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Sunday, November 26, 2017

Coming soon.. Mivision December issue - the Myopia Special Edition.

Topics covered include:

- the public health issue of myopia
- the latest global expertise and evidence behind myopia control
- the role of visual environment
- myopia control options and clinics
- retinal ophthalmologist expertise on the myopic retina

The brilliant authors of this issue include Kate Gifford (QUT), Abhishek Sharma (Brisbane) and Christolyn Raj (Melbourne), Scott Read (QUT), Nicola Anstice, Philip Turnbull, Andrew Collins and John Phillips (Uni of Auckland), Pauline Kang and Kathleen Watt (UNSW), Safal Khanal and Philip Turnbull of Uni (Auckland), Paul Gifford (UNSW), Monica Jong, Padmaja Sankaridurg and Kai Ooi Tan (BHVI), Alan Saks.

Optometrists, ophthalmologists, paediatric health care practitioners - ensure to get your copy of the 2017 December Mivision issue to offer the best patient care for your at-risk or progressing myopic patients.

- Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

4th EurOK/6th IAOMC (International Academy of Myopia Control) Conference

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Earlier this month Oliver and I attended the 4th EurOK /6th IAO conference held in the beautiful and unique city of Venice. I was representing the OSO as president and Oli was one of the speakers. I came away impressed with the energy of both the city and the conference. The interest in Ok and myopia control is growing in Europe with the conference attracting a record number of attendees this year, around 350 attendees, predominantly from Europe. It was great to meet and discuss OrthoK and myopia control with many optometrists and ophthalmologist colleagues.

The conference organisation, topics and presenters were of a high standard with a good mix of clinical and scientific content. We were exposed to many new and impressive European speakers who provided us with the latest research, and practical techniques.

The enthusiasm of the participants at the conference was quite similar to our conferences, we are fortunate to be part of such a dynamic and exciting area of eye health and more importantly public health. We have come back with some ideas we can apply to make our OSO conference bigger and better in 2018.

- Gavin Boneham, OSO President

Australian optometrist Natalie Buckman discusses Orthokeratology and Myopia Control in Siberia

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Recently, our OSO guest board member Natalie Buckman was selected as an Australian representative at an international congress ‘WFYS’ in Sochi, Russia. She spent several days in Krasnoyarsk (Siberia) where she presented about myopia control options available to clinicians and discussed the role of Orthokeratology; overnight-correction lenses. There were many great questions from scientists and health practitioners and it is exciting to see the knowledge of this technology growing across the world!

Young schoolboy fitted with Orthokeratology for myopia control

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Friday, September 22, 2017

Recent news presents the story of a schoolboy fitted with Orthokeratology lenses for slowing myopia progression. Giles was seen by Orthok-ftting optometrist Keith Tempany who is current president of the British Contact Lens Association. It is fantastic to see the knowledgeable, proactive optometrists offering myopia control options to their young patients.

To find your local Orthokeratologist in Australia/New Zealand, head to


- Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

Global Orthokeratology fitting for Myopia Control

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Monday, September 04, 2017

Orthokeratology in the news featuring the story of Jacklyn. She discusses the real risk of significant digital devices and near work leading to progression of myopia (nearsightedness) (1-2).

“I’d go in and get a stronger prescription for glasses, and I feel like after three months I’d be going back to the eye doctor saying I still can’t see, it’s getting worse,” Jacklyn said, CBS Pittsburgh News reports.

Jacklyn shares her experience of commencing Orthokeratology treatment, where she sees clearly throughout the day with no glasses or contact lenses worn.

- Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

(1) Huang HM, Chang DST, Wu PC (2015) The Association between Near Work Activities and Myopia in Children—A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLOS ONE 10(10): e0140419. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0140419

(2) Myrowitz EH. Juvenile myopia progression, risk factors and interventions. Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology. 2012 2012/07/01/;26(3):293-7.

Earlier Orthokeratology fitting for more effective myopia control

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Myopia (short-sightedness) has been recognized as a global public health concern. Clinicians, researchers and scientists are currently examining the mechanisms of myopia progression, how we may address risk factors and slow/halt these changes in the eye.

Recently, Professor Pauline Cho’s research has shown that myopia control treatment for children at a younger age halved the risk of rapid progression in fast changing myopia. (1) Orthokeratology are suitable for children, adolescents and adults, however this study showed that the ideal age to commence Orthok for myopia control benefits is 6 to <9 years old. (1) Older children including adolescents also demonstrated reduced myopic progression and slower eyeball growth, for those with fast progressing myopia (1)

“For all three groups, mean axial elongation of the right eyes was slower during ortho-k treatment compared to the spectacle-wearing phase but the young children showed the fastest elongation in both phases of the study,” Professor Cho stated. (1)

Children in the 6 to <9 years old bracket demonstrated a reduction from 86% to 43% progression, and children 9 to <13 years showed a drop from 17% to 0% myopic progression, when changing from spectacle to Orthok lenses. (1) No adolescents showed fast progression in glasses or Orthok lenses. (1)

Orthok may be used to correct for myopia in adults as well, however research is needed to investigate its role in slowing progression. (1)

The take home message is that optometrists and clinicians should discuss myopia control options with all progressing myopic children, and keep in mind the potential rapid progression in early childhood. This discussion should include a shared-care decision plan between the child, parents and optometrist; addressing risk factors such minimal outside time, extensive near-time & close working distances for near-tasks, and optometric myopia control options including soft multifocal contact lenses, Atropine eye drops with optical correction and Orthokeratology. (2-4). Patients wishing to commence Orthok, should be referred to an Ortho-k fitting optometrist.

- Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

(1) http://www.optometry.org.au/blog-news/2017/8/16/start-ortho-k-early,-study-urges/
(2) Scott A. Read, Michael J. Collins, Stephen J. Vincent; Light Exposure and Eye Growth in Childhood. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2015;56(11):6779-6787. doi: 10.1167/iovs.14-15978.
(3) Bao J, et al. Near tasks may worrsen myopia in children. Optom Vis Sci. 2015;doi:10.1097/OPX.0000000000000658.
(4) Huang J, Wen D, Wang Q, et al. Efficacy comparison of 16 interventions for myopia control in children: a network meta-analysis. Ophthalmology. 2016;123:697–708. [PubMed]