New to myopia management or wanting to improve your skills?

I've got you covered! Whether you’re just getting started, wanting to learn new clinical skills or looking for the latest on complex concepts, you’ll find the knowledge you need here. It's everything you've heard about or already love on the Myopia Profile website, distilled into a guided learning process.  

My goal is to increase your confidence in managing myopia

With 15+ years of clinical experience and a PhD in this area, I'm known worldwide for helping colleagues just like you to translate the research into managing the individual patient in your chair.

What you'll learn

It's important to understand the scientific basis of myopia management, but putting it into practice involves more. The most common question I'm asked by colleagues involves the 'how': "I've just seen this patient... What do I do next?" This course steps you through the wealth of content I've made available for free on the Myopia Profile website to help you translate research into best practice patient care. 

What to expect in this course

In this course, you'll be stepped through four key learning portals, at your own pace and always with a focus on clinically-applicable knowledge. Each portal includes several shorter modules which will take 10 minutes or less to read, with each portal taking around 2 hours to complete at your own pace. Multiple-choice questions are included at the end of each portal to test your learning, along with reflection questions and an open discussion forum. After you've completed the four portals, the final section provides a vast array of useful resources to continue your myopia management journey.

  • Understand the fundamentals - the basis of 'why' and 'how' of myopia management, presented with easy-to-understand clinical analogies
  • Get started in practice - clinical pillars and communication tools for the all-important discussions with parents and caregivers
  • Myopia control options - spectacle lenses, contact lenses, atropine and how to select the right treatment for the individual patient
  • Expand your clinical skills - get to grips with the impact of binocular vision factors in myopia, with a focus on how to assess and prescribe.



Your Instructor

Kate Gifford

Kate Gifford

Kate graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia with First Class Honours and a University Medal. She is an internationally recognised clinical optometrist, researcher and peer educator, presenting over 120 conference lectures in Australia and overseas. Kate became the youngest person to lead Australia’s professional organisation, Optometry Australia, from 2014-16, and in 2017 was awarded the British Contact Lens Association President’s Award for Excellence and named the QUT Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year. She completed her PhD at QUT in 2018, examining binocular vision and contact lens optics in orthokeratology, and holds almost 60 peer reviewed and professional publications.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • The four learning portals of myopia management
    • A message from Kate and Paul
    • How to use this course
    • Your learning objectives
  • 2

    Understand the fundamentals

    • Introduction
    • The why of myopia control
    • How myopia dioptres are like IOP
    • Why outdoor time matters in myopia management
    • Efficacy of myopia management options
    • Why binocular vision matters in myopia management
    • Contact lens safety in kids
    • Does the risk of fitting OrthoK in kids outweigh the myopia control benefits?
    • A journey into myopia control from the perspective of an optometrist, researcher and parent of a developing myope
    • Discussion forum and reflection question
    • Test your learning
  • 3

    Get started in practice

    • Introduction
    • Three clinical pillars for myopia management
    • Explaining contact lens options
    • Assessing who is at risk of myopia onset and progression
    • Axial length measurement - a clinical necessity?
    • Gauging success in myopia management
    • Managing expectations
    • Bringing it all together
    • Discussion forum and reflection question
    • Test your learning
  • 4

    Myopia control options

    • Introduction
    • Spectacle lenses Part 1 - progressives, bifocals, binocular vision and more
    • Spectacle lenses part 2 - back up corrections, clinical considerations and new designs
    • Multifocal soft lenses
    • Orthokeratology
    • Atropine - a wonder or weak treatment?
    • Selecting an option - decision trees
    • Discussion forum and reflection question
    • Test your learning
  • 5

    Expand your clinical skills

    • Introduction
    • Kids, contact lenses, dry eye and binocular vision
    • Changes to BV when moving from specs to contacts
    • The esophoric myope and contact lenses
    • What about the exophores?
    • Assessing near phoria
    • Assessing fusional reserves at near
    • Measuring accommodative facility
    • Measuring near lag of accommodation
    • Prescribing adds for near esophoria
    • Prescribing adds for accommodation lag
    • Discussion forum and reflection question
    • Test your learning
  • 6

    Next Steps...

    • More resources for you
    • If you liked this course...
    • Before you go...

Course Reviews

Phenomenal global review of this timely topic in eyecare!

elizabeth m

I was absolutely thrilled with the content in this course, as well as the manner of teaching. Dr Gifford exceeded my expectations. Every optometrist should...

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I was absolutely thrilled with the content in this course, as well as the manner of teaching. Dr Gifford exceeded my expectations. Every optometrist should take this course!

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Great Course

Marcella M

Wonderful course and such an easy presentation of a very challenging issue to treat in clinic; outline was very easy to follow and understand. Loved the case...

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Wonderful course and such an easy presentation of a very challenging issue to treat in clinic; outline was very easy to follow and understand. Loved the case examples and videos and charts inserted in the course. Thank you!

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Great course and good BV refresher

Julie T

Binocular vision explained so much better than any previous courses/instruction

Binocular vision explained so much better than any previous courses/instruction

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New learning experience

Pardeep B

It was a whole new learning especially the relation between the myopia progression & binocular vision disorders. Overall, a very nice exciting experience...

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It was a whole new learning especially the relation between the myopia progression & binocular vision disorders. Overall, a very nice exciting experience going through the course. Once one starts, cannot be left incomplete.

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Good

Elizabeth C

The course was good. It expounded on the binocular and accommodative components which was good. Didn’t mention what I call pseudomyopia which is more of an a...

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The course was good. It expounded on the binocular and accommodative components which was good. Didn’t mention what I call pseudomyopia which is more of an accommodative spasm and is amenable to Vision Therapy

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • Is the course really free?

    Yes, you can access all of the lessons and content for free. All of the content is already available across the blogs published on the Myopia Profile website. This course just compiles all of this information into a guided learning experience and includes assessment to test your learning.

  • Is this course CPD eligible?

    On completion, we will provide a certificate detailing the learning objectives and activity type for self-recorded continued professional development (CPD) purposes. For example, in Australia this course would be eligible for 12 non-accredited CPD points. Check your country's requirements regarding continuing education.

  • How long will this course take?

    The course structure involves a short introduction, four learning portals and then a 'Next steps' section with extra resources. The four learning portals form the bulk of the course and each will take around 2 hours, including reflections and multiple choice questions to test your knowledge. The whole course will likely take around 8 hours depending on how quickly you read.