About this course

All myopic children will require spectacles: for myopia correction or control, as a primary treatment or a back-up to contact lenses. This course covers all aspects of spectacle lens prescribing for myopia, from first corrections in very young children to standard progressive addition and bifocal designs through to the latest technologies for myopia control. The research base is translated into clinical guidance for spectacle prescribing in childhood myopia, including decision trees. This course provides vitally important knowledge for eye care practitioners on this necessary correction for all myopic children.

At the end of this two-hour course, you should be up-skilled and ready to: 

    1. Explain the clinical rationale for use of single vision spectacles in children with myopia, including very young children
    2. Describe the efficacy evidence for various myopia control spectacle interventions
    3. Communicate a simple comparison of spectacle lens myopia control treatments to other available treatments, based on scientific evidence
    4. Describe the similarities and differences in the new generation of myopia controlling spectacle lens designs
    5. Explain patient pathways for prescribing spectacle lenses for children with myopia, based on clinical objectives and binocular vision status 
    6. Discuss practical aspects of spectacle lens prescribing such as sun protection, frame fitting and parent communication.

Learner Outcomes

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Feel more confident in spectacle lens prescribing options for myopia
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Found the course comprehensive and clinically relevant

Course Details

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Self Paced Learning
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  • US, CA: 2 hours COPE Accredited, Course ID 82954-GO, Activity ID 125540.
  • AU: 2 CPD hours, self-recorded
  • NZ: 2G points, Activity ID 51065
  • UK: 2 CPD Points for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians: C-104690 and C-104691. Core competencies covered are Communication and Clinical Practice.


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Dr Kate Gifford PhD

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Clare Maher

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What you will learn

Ch 1: Introduction

Learn about the course content, navigate the platform and set your learning goals.

4 Lessons
  • Why spectacles matter in myopia control
  • Disclosures
  • How to use this course
  • Your continuing education

Ch 2: Starting with single vision

Learn about clinical situations where single vision lenses could be suitable for kids with myopia, including advice on finalizing the prescription for very young children.

3 Lessons
  • When to prescribe single vision
  • Single vision for very young myopes
  • Test your learning 1

Ch 3: Progressive addition and bifocal lenses

See how all spectacle lens options compare for myopia control efficacy, then explore the role of progressive and bifocal lenses for children with myopia.  

4 Lessons
  • Comparing efficacy of all spectacle lenses for myopia control
  • Myopia prescribing with progressive addition and bifocal lenses
  • Prescribing PALs and bifocals based on binocular vision
  • Test your learning 2

Ch 4: The next generation of myopia controlling spectacle lenses

Explore the fascinating technology and robust clinical trial results of new design spectacle lenses for myopia control, including how they impact acuity and binocular vision. 

3 Lessons
  • Understanding new technology in myopia controlling spectacles
  • Visual function and binocular vision outcomes
  • Test your learning 3

Ch 5: The summary on spectacles for myopia management

Put it into practice with decision trees for prescribing, important info on sun protection and four considerations for your practice systems.  

6 Lessons
  • Decision trees for prescribing spectacle options
  • Sun protection for kids
  • Practical considerations: frames, follow-up, full-time wear and family discussions
  • Test your learning 4
  • Myopia Profile Academy: explore your next learning journey
  • Congratulations, you did it! Here's what's next

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Fantastic overview

By Monique B - yesterday

Very well presented course. Easy to understand and follow. Absolutely love the availability of this high quality information as an introduction to new research and technology, as well as being a refresher on myopia control in general. Thank you for creating the Myopia Profile platform and for all the hard work that has been put into this excellent resource.

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Mas seguridad en la adaptacion de lentes oftalmicas en el control de la miopia.

By Enrique B - 2 days ago

Como siempre muy didactico y con los conceptos muy faciles de entender y de recordar. Genial herramienta para el optometrista implicado en el control de la miopia de sus pacientes.

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Great overview of myopia controlling spectacles

By Katy G - 17 days ago

Great overview, easy to understand and implement into clinical practice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this course eligible for continuing professional educational credits?

    This couse has achieved continuing accrediation in:

    • US, CA: 2 hours 2 hours COPE Accredited, Course ID 82954-GO, Activity ID 125540.
    • AU: 2 hours 2 CPD hours, self-recorded
    • NZ: 2 hours 2G points, Activity ID 51065
    • UK: 2 hours 2 CPD Points for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians: C-104690 and C-104691. Core competencies covered are Communication and Clinical Practice.

    On completion, we will provide a certificate to you for self-recorded continued professional development purposes, which includes the duration of the course and continuing accreditation details for specific countries. We will also provide post-course administration to accrediting bodies where required. Check your country's requirements regarding continuing education.

  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course is available now and never ends! It is a self-paced online course - you decide when you start, and set your own pace.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    After enrolling you will have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.