SCENE + HEARD 25,700 ECPs Accept World Council of Optometry Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge Challenge By Staff Friday, February 3, 2023 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—The World Council of Optometry (WCO) Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge challenge has been accepted by 63 global eyecare organizations and more than 25,700 practitioners. WCO is an international membership-based non-profit organization for individual optometrists, industry professionals and optometric organizations that envisions a world where optometry makes high quality eye health and vision care accessible to all people. WCO and myopia management category leader CooperVision issued the challenge for eyecare professionals worldwide to adopt myopia management as the standard of care. "The response in just over a month since we launched the challenge has been impressive. Myopia has reached epidemic levels, and we know that myopia can lead to eye health issues that reveal themselves in adults. It is our hope that early diagnosis of myopia and management can help reduce the long-term eye health complications, said WCO president elect Dr. Sandra Block. “Taking the pledge sends a clear message that organizations and eyecare professionals understand the seriousness of myopia as a public health threat and that they are taking active measures to manage that threat. We are encouraged to see that, so many are actively taking the pledge.” The World Council of Optometry and CooperVision introduced the myopia management standard of care resolution in April 2021, defining an evidence-based standard of care comprised of three main components: Mitigation—Optometrists educate and counsel parents and children, during early and regular eye exams, on lifestyle, dietary, and other factors to prevent or delay the onset of myopia. Measurement—Optometrists evaluate the status of a patient during regular comprehensive vision and eye health exams, such as measuring refractive error and axial length whenever possible. Management—Optometrists address patients’ needs of today by correcting myopia, while also providing evidence-based interventions (e.g., contact lenses, spectacles, pharmaceuticals) that slow the progression of myopia, for improved quality of life and better eye health today and into the future. The World Council of Optometry has a myopia management online resource featuring the standard of care resolution, pledge signup page, and practical tools and information for optometrists available at https://myopia.worldcouncilofoptometry.info/. WCO is holding its second global virtual event on myopia management, “Advancing the Standard of Care,” on Feb. 16, 2023 where participants can hear directly from patients and eyecare professionals working in research and clinical practice on how they have integrated myopia management into their practices. Register at https://bit.ly/WCOMyopiaEvent223. Learn more and take the pledge at https://myopia.worldcouncilofoptometry.info/myopia-management-pledge/.