Myopia Management – How to Apply the Current Scientific Evidence to our Clinical Practice
with Fuensanta A. Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD, FAAO
Eye care providers are responsible for educating children and their families, as well as the general public, on the importance of myopia and myopia prevention/control options. This talk will review the current knowledge on myopia etiology, development, progression, risk factors, associated risks and treatment options. The goal is that practitioners can apply the up to date evidence to their daily clinical care of the patient with myopia.
Fuensanta Vera-Diaz received a PhD in Optometry from the University of Bradford, UK, for her work investigating optical and neural influences on visual performance in myopia. She then undertook a postdoctoral research position at the New England College of Optometry (NECO) to investigate oculomotor factors that may predict phenotypes at risk for myopia. As a research fellow at Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School, she conducted studies that have significant implications on the prescription of optical devices and vision enhancement aids for patients with visual impairment. Dr. Vera-Diaz is currently tenured Associated Professor at NECO.
Dr. Vera-Diaz has developed a successful research program at NECO, funded by the NIH. She investigates mechanisms contributing to the development of myopia, specifically, optical, retinal and visual processing structures and functions of the human visual system. She also leads the Myopia Control Clinic at NECO, where she treats children and young adults with myopia and preceptors students.
Dr. Vera-Diaz has a strong publication record, with many peer-reviewed publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals related to myopia and several book chapters. She serves as a reviewer for multiple vision science journals, including IOVS, and is a reviewer in NIH special emphasis study panel sections.