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Myopia Australia Sets Up to Standardise

With a plethora of tools now available to diagnose and manage myopia, Sydney based paediatric ophthalmologist Dr Loren Rose is taking affirmative steps to clarify a best practice approach that will improve outcomes.

Dr Rose, who completed a PhD titled Myopia in children early this year, has founded Myopia Australia, an organisation to help increase public and industry awareness regarding best management of myopia in children in an Australian context.

Dr Rose says that while it’s exciting to see the multitude of new options for myopia management now available, it can also be confusing.

“I hear the confusion on best management among patients, their carers, and eye health providers daily,” Dr Rose told mivision. “There is now a need for clarity and for safe treatment guidelines.”

Dr Rose said treatment guidelines should include how to best monitor progression, when to treat and when to change treatment. They should also offer greater clarity on when to cease treatment and on potential pitfalls of treating children with myopia progression. She said these guidelines and best practices will need to be reviewed regularly as more treatment options become available.

“My interest in myopia progression in my patients triggered my passion for further knowledge and analysis of intervention strategies as they have become available. The treatment options are wide and have a risk to benefit profile like any intervention.

“Completing my PhD on Myopia in children early in 2022 has enabled me to further understand the fast-evolving research in this space. I hope that Myopia Australia becomes the knowledge base to synthesise the research here and worldwide, and continue to guide the treatment of myopia progression in children.”


The first item on the agenda for Myopia Australia is a one-day interactive conference titled Myopia Progression in Children (MPIC), which will be held in Sydney, and live-screened, on Saturday 3 September.

The conference will address current evidence-based treatment options in a sequential safe program, with presentations by three ophthalmologists including Dr Rose and Dr Shanel Sharma. A comprehensive management plan for myopia progression in children, and a panel discussion of difficult cases and guidelines on referral recommendations for other tests and imaging, will be included. The day will also include industry participation, enabling attendees to explore the latest research-proven methods for monitoring and intervening in myopia progression in children.

Dr Rose is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University. She has a long history of teaching basic sciences at Sydney University to medical and science students, and is involved in ophthalmic registrar training in her public VMO position at Bankstown hospital and the Burwood Private rooms. She also works in rooms in Bankstown, Wentworthville and Canberra.


Full registration for MPIC is AU$150, however an early bird registration fee of $130 is available until 1 July. Fees for trainees to attend and online attendance is $100.