EYECARE Hoya Supports World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus to Address Myopia Issues By Staff Friday, November 18, 2022 12:15 AM BANGKOK—Hoya Vision Care announced its support of an independent medical education program with The World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS), which will focus on enhancing awareness about myopia and the importance of early treatment, contribute to improved standards of care in myopia management and inform and educate eye doctors and eyecare professionals (ECPs) as well as parents about the rapid global increase of myopia in children, the impact on vision and evolving approaches to prevent, manage and treat paediatric myopia. “Hoya recognizes the leading role paediatric ophthalmologists and WSPOS play to advance the standards of care for myopia globally,” the company said in a statement. “This collaboration is designed to expand the quantity and quality of education, highlighting all aspects of myopia and its management in children. This will be achieved by creating training content which will be shared on WSPOS’s platforms as well as on Hoya’s global ECP educational platform.” Renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Ken Nischal, WSPOS co-founder and division chief, pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, and adult motility professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, will lead the worldwide faculty of the WSPOS leadership in the project to share the latest practices and approaches to myopia management in children. Overall objectives of the independent medical education program include: • Raising awareness about the escalating global increase of myopia in children including underlying causes and impact on the quality of life. • Sharing current and evolving pediatric myopia treatment protocols to slow the progression of myopia. • Defining strategies to successfully integrate myopia management including patient education, early intervention and patient outcome goals. “The partnership with WSPOS is a significant move as we work toward our goal of raising awareness and tackling the global surge of myopia in children,” said Pascal Blaser, global medical affairs manager myopia at Hoya Vision Care. “We look forward to working with WSPOS and key ophthalmology professionals to develop evidence-based content on research and innovative solutions to share with eyecare professionals as we work collaboratively to address the growing problem of myopia in children.” “The World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS) is pleased to announce the launch of this independently developed comprehensive education plan, designed to build awareness about the early diagnosis and treatment of childhood myopia,” said Dr. Nischal. “We would like to thank Hoya Vision Care for their support of this independent education program where we will be able to share current and evolving treatment information with a network of eyecare professionals and help them to integrate myopia management into their practice.” The education program will be launched with a four-hour virtual, live program on November 19 and 20, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. GMT. Eyecare practitioners can register for the program here. Additional programs to follow include a series of three video interviews, three podcasts, a supplement and webinars in early 2023.