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OutLOOK

It’s probably best to leave 2020 behind, especially ‘in hindsight’…. Let’s take a look forward into this vision industry of contact lenses – starting by going back to look at the 2020 survey data from Eurolens Research and the great work of Phil Morgan and colleagues at the University of Manchester (UK). By Eef van der Worp

Eye Contact

Eye contact occurs when two animals look at each other's eyes at the same time. In human beings, eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication and is thought to have a huge influence on social behavior. That is why we have such a beautiful profession: we don’t want to hide these beautiful eyes and the prime reason for eye contact between a pair of (reflecting) windows (glasses).

Fitting background    Soft contact lenses

Multifactorial

Are Multifocal Lenses ‘Down-and-Out’? Yes and No.

Presbyopia affects everyone eventually, including people who are already hyperopic or myopic. It is estimated that the number of presbyopes in the entire population who need some form of vision correction is 25%. I am only a 50+ beginner (which sounds much better than ‘old man’). And, as an expert witness in the field now, I have reservations regarding the term presbyopia. The etymology stems from the Greek πρέσβυς presbys, meaning "old," and ὤψ ōps, meaning "sight" (GEN ὠπός ōpos). I can assure you that to ‘young presbyopes,’ such as what I consider myself, this sounds like the equivalent of senile. Senile means (of a person) having or showing the weaknesses or diseases of old age. Indeed, senile miosis is a simple, gradual reduction in the size of the pupil that occurs with age in normal eyes and is caused by atrophy of the muscles controlling dilation of the pupil. While this information is in factually correct, and even relevant to both the eye care practitioner (ECP) and to the patients involved (it simply means ‘use more light!’ while reading) – using this in conversation with a ‘beginner presbyope,’ as one of my students once did, can be quite detrimental. By Eef van der Worp

Customizing Myopia Treatment

The ABCs of Myopia Management: from Atropine to Zernike Polynomials

Recently, the Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) was held online with a staggering 4000 delegates registered and with 83 countries represented – truly a ‘global’ symposium. I was put in charge of the myopia session, to be the myopia management moderator, so to speak. The panel was an exhibition of global excellence, with a constant flow around the globe, swinging back and forth from the East-coast of Australia (Scott Read from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and Kate Gifford of myopiaprofile.com) to the Netherlands (Jan Roelof Polling from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam) and North America (Langis Michaud, Université de Montréal in Canada). By Eef van der Worp