“You just can’t take the effect, and make it the cause…..” The White Stripes
Talk about a hot topic! Without much controversy on the OD side, our efforts at myopia control are gaining steam. The science is really cooking, and clinical enthusiasm is growing by leaps and bounds. Old ideas like “undercorrecting” and bifocal glasses for kids are going out. Orthokeratology, atropine, and multifocal soft lenses all seem to play major roles in this potentially life-changing treatment. It works, folks, and is likely to get better.
But, I’m worried about this………..
Sometimes, when a field is fresh and new, the enthusiasm can take us a step ahead of ourselves. Myopia control is apparently no exception, with some practitioners making claims that I can only describe as alarming. I’m referring to colleagues who are advising patients that myopia control reduces the chances of The Big Three associated pathologies, namely, retinal detachment, cataract, and glaucoma. I admit that I was shocked when I first heard these suggestions.
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