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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

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

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.

Key points from the BCLA

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Saturday, July 01, 2017

One of the many interesting discussions over the weekend included care and maintenance of Orthok lenses with children, where Professor Pauline Cho discussed her research comparing bacterial contamination in cylindrical and flat contact lens cases. (1) The study concluded that the cylindrical cases were preferred by patients, parents and demonstrated reduced contamination. (1)

There has been a growing interest in public health benefits of myopia control with Orthok, and a mix of experienced to early-career optometrists attended the ‘Orthokeratology day’ so they may offer and fit Orthok safely for their patients.

- Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

(1) Chan, B., Cho, P. and Cheung, S. W. (2008), Orthokeratology practice in children in a university clinic in Hong Kong*. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 91: 453–460.

OSO Members Score Awards & Fellowships at BCLA 2017

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Thursday, June 01, 2017

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) held its grand conference in Liverpool this year.  The conference included a day dedicated to Orthokeratology lectures, hands-on workshops and discussions with colleagues around the world.

The Orthokeratology Society of Oceania extends a very big congratulations to our OSO members who recently became BCLA fellows: David Stephensen and Jessica Chi. 

BCLA Fellows (Liverpool, 2017).

Also, a massive congratulations to our Australian OSO member Kate Gifford, who was awarded the inaugural BCLA President’s award for contact lens excellence! Kate’s PHD research and global peer education has focused on Orthokeratology, binocular vision and its role in myopia control.

Brian Tompkins awarding the inaugural BCLA President’s award for contact lens excellence to Kate Gifford

- Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member

Coast optometrist has clear vision for future

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Monday, October 10, 2016
Great article by Emily Toxward of More Gold Coast about OSO vice-president / secretary Celia Bloxsom and her new practice Eyeconic Optometry.

~ Amanda Rungis, OSO Board Member

West Australian researchers shedding light on myopia causes

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Emma Wynne of 720 ABC Perth reports that researchers at the University of Western Australia are trying to find a possible link between the growing rates of myopia and how sun exposure, time in the classroom and genetics combine to cause it. Read the full article

~ Amanda Rungis, OSO Board Member