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Today's digital childhood and myopia

While the link between the two is not yet entirely defined, the concern about screen time and myopia has only grown in recent years, especially with home-based learning experienced by children across the world during the pandemic.

In this content release powered by Alcon, we explore a variety of topics on today's digital childhood. Firstly, will China's move to dramatically restrict online gaming have the desired impact on myopia prevalence? Home confinement has seen a rise in myopia in some countries; how could it impact myopia management efficacy? Our first case study explores this, and our second sees us back in practice and tackling the challenge of contact lens fitting for children. Learn more about how to help our young patients manage their vision in the digital world. 

Clinical Article

Will Online Gaming Restrictions Reduce Childhood Myopia?
China has recently introduced new regulation to limit online gaming time in children to 3 hours per week. Is there evidence that less screen time increases outdoor time? We explore the links and impacts, advice for parents and even some of the positive impacts of gaming. 

Clinical Case

When Myopia Management Is Not Working After COVID-19 Home Confinement
During the COVID-19 pandemic, governments imposed home confinement and school-based learning was the normal. Has this caused more myopia? In this clinical case, the unique environment of lockdown is explored in view of myopia management outcomes.
Contact Lens Fitting For An Anxious Child
Does contact lens fitting for an anxious child with ADHD seem impossible? Here is an inspiring case that saw success at the end, and we add guidelines on clinical approaches with children to reduce anxiety.

Helpful links for Alcon

Alcon R&D Team Honoured at BCLA 2021
The recent BCLA 2021 Conference Awards Ceremony recognized the work of over 100 scientists, engineers and clinicians over 10 years to develop water gradient technology, featured notably in DAILIES® TOTAL1® contact lenses.
U.S. COVID-19 Optometry Recovery Resource Center
Especially built for optometrists in the United States, this center provides tools and information to address what’s most important as your business recovers, including digital marketing and patient communication.
The Conversation Article - share to raise public awareness
Hidden in plain sight: How the COVID-19 pandemic is damaging children’s vision was co-authored by Professor Debbie Jones and Dr Kate Gifford as part of a partnership between the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), University of Waterloo, and Myopia Profile. The article is written for parents - please share on your practice social media platforms and websites to raise awareness.

Myopia Profile Academy new platform launched

Our world leading, completely free Myopia Management in Practice online course has been updated with a brand new look in our engaging, interactive new text-based format. The content has also been updated to include the latest research on efficacy and outcomes of myopia management interventions. Have you checked it out yet? 

Recently we have also launched two brand new online courses entitled Communicating the Myopia Message and also Mastering Refraction for Kids. Both two hour courses, these are designed to be engaging with animations, interactive communication scenarios, downloads and more to support your clinical skills and practice. Learn more about our courses and try out the first chapter(s) of any course for free here.

Our Resources to help you manage myopia

Courses Our world first, FREE Myopia Management in Practice course will get you started on your learning journey. Check out our newest courses on Contact Lenses for Kids, Mastering Refraction for Kids and Communicating the Myopia Message.
Managing Myopia Guidelines Infographics Designed to support your clinical communication with parents and young patients, our hugely popular infographics are free to download and available in eight languages with various options based on your region and scope of practice. 
 
MyKidsVision.org Our public awareness website supports your in-room communications with fast facts, a risk survey, a detailed blog and 18 How-To videos to explain myopia to parents. All are freely available for you to link and share to your own website and social media accounts.
Instagram Follow MyopiaProfile for more links and learning experiences for eye care practitioners. Follow MyKidsVision for bite-sized, graphically appealing info on myopia and children's vision for parents which you can share to your own platforms.
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