Should All ODs Practice Myopia Control?

In preparation for GPLIwire2017, i’ve gotten a crash-course in myopia control over the past few months.

Three things surprised me:

  • The improved efficacy of the various strategies (pharmacological, specialty lens, etc.)
  • The remuneration for the service (high — even in 2017)
  • And the kicker — that so many ODs refer this service out!

In fact, so many turf these cases out that we’ve seen free-standing, independent “myopia control centers” spring up in many communities throughout the country in the past couple of years. This to me is madness.

Myopia control is within the scope of virtually every OD trained in the past 30 years.

The pharmacologic principles are pretty straightforward.

The specialty lenses used — with some additional training — should be in the wheelhouse of anyone who has fit RGPs.

There is nothing exotic here. I am convinced with some effort, most folks could build this into their practices.

So my question to everyone here: why aren’t more people making this part of their practices?

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