Welcome to Myopia Focus!
Posted on 27th May 2022 at 12:58
Putting the focus on Childhood myopia - a growing, global epidemic.
Childhood Myopia is a growing problem and Myopia Focus was created to raise awareness of the condition and provide a resource for parents who want more information and want to find support to improve the long-term prognosis for their children.
Myopia Focus is a team of experienced and knowledgeable myopia specialists, led by managing editor and consultant optometrist, Jason Higginbotham, BSc (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glau Prof Cert Med Ret Prof Cert LV FBDO MBCLA - All very passionate about raising awareness to tackle the growing myopia problem.
The team are lobbying the government to deliver a strategy to tackle childhood myopia! You can help!
This petition is in place to help try and alter NHS primary care funding for eye care provided to children and young adults.
Let's get the government and NHS to recognise myopia as an ocular disease/serious ocular condition and fund myopia management for children.
Myopia is recognised as an ocular disease by the NHS.
To provide a myopia screening service across UK schools from the age of 4-5 to include all children and all areas.
To provide a new GOS (general ophthalmic services) provision for children to pay a higher eye examination fee to take account of myopia screening and management, including a three-month recall for those with progressive myopia and undergoing treatment.
To provide a new tier of spectacle/contact lens vouchers for myopia management – to ensure that all children receive free access to myopia management solutions.
Free eye examinations to those with high myopia of any age.
Free eye examinations for all myopes up to the age of 25.
To provide greater provision for vouchers for myopia management optical appliances for those over 25 on limited means.
The government to set up a task force to listen to the optical/ophthalmic bodies and align with the WCO stance.
Secondary care NHS to include myopia management in eye departments.
The government to invest in a large scale public health campaign to reduce the potential risk to our children’s and grandchildren’s long term sight health.
Meet the Advisory Committee. Myopia specialists who help bring you the latest guidance and knowledge about myopia management.
If you are a myopia specialist who would like to contribute to Myopia Focus and list your practice as a specialist to support parents discover the right myopia management solution for their children, please reach out to our team through the link below and we will be in contact with you directly.
We are proud to be supporting such an important cause, well done to the team at Myopia Focus!
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