Myopia Management for the Busy Practitioner
COPE #71673-GO
Event #121273


This course is designed to educate the general optometrist on myopia control, and go over the current theories and opinions, treatment options, and ongoing research. It will focus on the treatment options and the current research that is most applicable for a busy optometrist in a full scope practice. This will provide guidance toward use of technology and knowledge in progressing myopia management in clinical practice.
*This course was recorded at our Virtual Island Eyes Conference on January 29, 2021
  • To summarize and discuss the present and future of contact lenses and therapeutics in myopia management.
  • To provide guidance for integrating medical evidence-based practice into a busy optometric practice in the US.
  • To discuss the implantation of myopia management into a clinical practice and the availabilities of treatment strategies.
  • To review the current technology available for measuring myopia and managing it in children.
  • To review myopia management strategies and compare and contrast the different types of treatment for myopic progression.
  • To discuss the current state of myopia management in the US and review the evolution of myopic progression in the current population.
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Getting to know our speakers

Dr. Maria K. Walker

Dr. Maria K. Walker graduated from The New England College of Optometry with an OD/MS degree in 2013 and completed a Residency in Cornea & Contact Lenses at Pacific University in Portland, OR. She joined the clinical faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry in the fall of 2014 and is currently part‐time faculty while also pursuing her PhD, studying the effects of scleral lenses on the ocular surface. Dr. Walker lectures domestically and internationally on scleral lenses and is involved in several research projects at the Ocular Surface Institute and Texas Eye Research and Technology Center at the University of Houston. She has won several awards related to contact lenses and research, including the VSP Vision Care Scholarship for Clinical Excellence, the Sheldon Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award, and the Ezell Fellowship given by the American Optometric Foundation. Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fellow and the current Vice President of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and an advisory board member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute.