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By Helen Carter


Optometrists can gain CPD points at a free myopia event in Sydney to celebrate the career of the late Professor Brien Holden.

The Brien Holden Vision Institute is inviting optometrists to the full-day event at UNSW Australia on 31 July. Places are limited and bookings opened on 1 June.

The memorial event will include lectures, hands-on clinical workshops provided by the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia, and opportunities for registrants to discuss patient case studies.

The program will present the latest approaches to treatment and theoretical perspectives on myopia, and there will be presentations on myopia control with and without optical devices.

Speakers will include Optometry Australia national president, Brisbane optometrist Kate Gifford, who will discuss establishing a myopia control practice, and other leading practitioners and speakers from the Brien Holden Vision Institute, UNSW Australia and the Centre for Eye Health.

The day’s theme was selected in honour of Professor Holden, who was recognised internationally in the field of myopia research, and in recognition of the topical nature of the issue.

Professor Holden, the former CEO of the institute, died in 2015.

Myopia affects about one in four Australians. It is predicted that by 2020, the number of people with myopia will grow to one-third of the world’s population, and by 2050 about half the world’s population of 4.8 billion will be myopic.

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