Rebecca Weng, Dr Kah Ooi Tan and Danial Tilia at Hong Kong APPO
Sydney, Australia, 27 October 2017: A team of researchers from Brien Holden Vision Institute provided private practice optometrists with a comprehensive myopia update at a one-day symposium in Hong Kong recently. Part of the East Asia region where an estimated 47% of the population were myopic in 2010 (projected to increase to 65.3% in 2050),1 Hong Kong has an important need for early intervention in myopia control. The symposium specifically focused on translating the latest scientific evidence to clinical management.
Hosted by the Hong Kong Association of Private Practice Optometrists (APPO) and sponsored by Japanese contact lens manufacturer SEED Co. Ltd., the symposium saw the seven researchers, led by Myopia Program leader Prof Padmaja Sankaridurg, cover areas such as the epidemiology of myopia; high myopia and implications for public health; research in myopia control; intervention strategies to reduce myopia progression (with ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses, orthokeratology, atropine, outdoor activities); and clinical case discussions.
Prof Sankaridurg said the symposium was a good opportunity to interact with practitioners. “This forum allowed us to present the latest findings in a way that, ideally, optometrists can incorporate into practice. It is also keeps us better informed about what they and their patients need and we’re very grateful to Hong Kong APPO and SEED for hosting and funding the symposium, respectively.”
Founding president of Hong Kong APPO Mr Greg Wu said, “This was the first time ever that we were fortunate enough to engage a whole team of experts from an overseas research institute to share their knowledge with eye care professionals in Hong Kong.”
“The attendance was overwhelming which reflects that practitioners are eager to focus their efforts on myopia and its management, not only because it is a common condition in Hong Kong but also its long term adverse impacts on ocular health,” he added.
(Left to Right) Dr Kah Ooi Tan, Dr Fabian Conrad, Dr Monica Jong, Rebecca Weng, Prof Padmaja Sankaridurg, Dr Cathleen Fedtke and Daniel Tilia at Hong Kong APPO Symposium
- Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, Jong M, Naidoo KS, Sankaridurg P, Wong TY, Naduvilath TJ, Resnikoff S, Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050, Ophthalmology, May 2016 Volume 123, Issue 5, Pages 1036–1042.