Impact of the pandemic highlights the urgent need for Myopia Guidelines : The clinicians’ role

SOE are delighted to share The article, ‘The impact of the pandemic highlights the urgent need for myopia guidelines: The clinicians’ role’ by János Németh, past SOE Board Member, Wagih A Aclimandos, SOE President, Beáta Tapasztó, Jost B Jonas, Andrzej Grzybowski and Zoltán Zsolt Nagy, SOE Board Member. The article first published online November 29, 2022 in the European Journal of Ophthalmology:
It is an editorial and may be downloaded for free from the Journal’s website.

The authors wrote this article, because the significant increase in the number of articles published about myopia in general is not matched with information and discussion about the roles and responsibilities of eye specialists and clinicians in the prevention of myopia. However, this aspect is critical because preventing the onset and progression of myopia necessitates extensive health promotion and advocacy efforts among decision-makers. Only broad medical expert collaboration can bring about the necessary changes in children’s lifestyle and education. This article discusses clinicians’ critical roles in preventing the onset and progression of myopia.

The topic of myopia prevention and management is very important for the SOE, as shown by the high number of participants in the SOE Myopia Webinar at the end of 2021. There will be another a Myopia Session at the next SOE Congress in Prague, 15-17 June 2023.