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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]

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

Proudly announcing the new Fellows of the International Academy of Orthokeratology (FIAO)

Orthokeratology Society of Oceania - Saturday, September 24, 2016
Fellowship of the International Academy of Orthokeratology (FIAO) is determined by an orthokeratologists experience and expertise. Rigorous written case presentations are followed by written and oral examinations. Those rare orthokeratologists who achieve fellowship status display the highest level of knowledge and are committed to adhering to the highest standards of care.

The OSO, until recently, only had 2 members that had achieved the accolade of FIAO – Oliver Woo and Duc Pham.

We are proud to announce that today another 7 OSO members were awarded FIAO – Gavin Boneham, Celia Bloxsom, Eleisha Dudson, Shonit Jagmohan, Jagrut Lallu, Alex Petty and Lachlan Scott-Hoy.

Congratulations to all of you on your magnificent achievement and your dedication to orthoK!!!

~ Amanda Rungis, OSO Board Member