The Myopia Collective announces inaugural Change Agents

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Over 60 eye care professionals from all 50 states were selected to help shift the focus of pediatric myopia care from correction to comprehensive treatment.

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The American Optometric Association (AOA) and CooperVision announced an inaugural cohort of over 60 eye care professionals as Change Agents for The Myopia Collective.1 The initiative aims to advance the standard of care for children with myopia, shifting the focus from correction to comprehensive treatment, according to a news release.

“Change Agents will be the driving force behind The Myopia Collective, receiving specialized training in myopia management and leading legislative and advocacy initiatives in their communities,” said Michele Andrews, OD, vice president of Marketing and Professional Affairs in the Americas for CooperVision, in the release. “The enthusiasm from those who applied has been remarkable, with interest pouring in nationwide. We are excited to watch this initial group lead the charge in shaping a pivotal moment for children’s eye health.”

Eye care professionals were appointed from each state in the country. The Change Agents are also slated to participate in a multi-day workshop in Chicago, Illinois in September in order to prepare them with knowledge and skills to then integrate myopia management more effectively into their practices. The Change Agents will also advocate for myopia management on behalf of The Myopia Collective.1 Topics to be discussed at the workshop include growing a myopia management practice, strategies for state and federal outreach, and updates on the current landscape of children’s vision, according to the release.

“The training provided to the Change Agents will empower them to lead the charge in their communities and make significant differences in the lives of children with myopia,” said AOA President Steven Reed, OD, in the release. “However, Change Agents are just one part of this pivotal initiative, with the other being the entire U.S. optometry community. We invite everyone to become Members of The Myopia Collective, symbolizing a unified dedication to advancing myopia management across the profession. Members will gain access to valuable educational resources, receive exclusive insights on best practices, and be among the first to receive community news and updates.”

Change Agents will also work with other healthcare professionals, legislators, and community members that care for children.1

More information about The Myopia Collective and how to become a member is available on AOA’s website.

Reference:
  1. The Myopia Collection names inaugural Change Agents. American Optometric Association. June 19, 2024. Accessed June 19, 2024.
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