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 130 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 over 70 peer reviewed and professional publications. Kate is also the Chair of the Clinical Management Guidelines Committee of the International Myopia Institute and lead author on the landmark white paper published in February 2019.

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
    • Adding your continuing education details
    • 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?
    • How to assess near phoria
    • How to assess fusional reserves at near
    • How to measure accommodative facility
    • How to measure near lag of accommodation
    • How to prescribe adds for near esophoria
    • How to prescribe adds for accommodation lag
    • Discussion forum and reflection question
    • Test your learning
  • 6

    More resources and final learning survey

    • More resources for you
    • Congratulations, you did it! Here's what's next
    • Exit survey on your learning outcomes and feedback

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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A complete course of Myopia Management.

Edgar D

Excellent course for any practitioner looking to learn about Myopia Management. A course for the novice and also for the experienced, everyone learns a lot...

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Excellent course for any practitioner looking to learn about Myopia Management. A course for the novice and also for the experienced, everyone learns a lot. Easy to follow, well explained and full of evidence based science.

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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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Excellent information

Jessica W

Very informative and excellent information

Very informative and excellent information

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Clear, concise and very practical

Donna v

The content of this course comes from years of practice, studies and trying to understand myopia and how to control it. This course is practical and very rel...

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The content of this course comes from years of practice, studies and trying to understand myopia and how to control it. This course is practical and very relevant. Kate has an amazing level of subject understanding and is a natural teacher as the resources provided are to the point, and easy to understand and implement. Her knowledge of BV and how to incorporate it into the myopia control practice is excellent.

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An invaluable resource for evidence-based care

Michael L

Extremely informative, evidence-based and clinically-focused, with in-text references for further reading

Extremely informative, evidence-based and clinically-focused, with in-text references for further reading

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Great online course!

Anže Š

Very understandable texts and good graphics presentations. Also includes video lesions to explain some techniques. I highly recommend it.

Very understandable texts and good graphics presentations. Also includes video lesions to explain some techniques. I highly recommend it.

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Good Content

Kara L

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It is easy to follow and well written.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It is easy to follow and well written.

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Good refresher course

Anita P

I did the Myopia Control certificate through Brien Holden Acadamy more than a year ago, I found this to be a good refresher with practical advice

I did the Myopia Control certificate through Brien Holden Acadamy more than a year ago, I found this to be a good refresher with practical advice

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Interesting course!

Carla F

It was a really interesting course, and as a student, it introduced me to a lot of good concepts to consider for myopia management in the future.

It was a really interesting course, and as a student, it introduced me to a lot of good concepts to consider for myopia management in the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this course eligible for continuing professional educational credits in my country?

    This course has achieved continuing education accreditation in:

    - Australia: 8 non-accredited, self recorded CPD points.
    - New Zealand: Accredited for 3.75G + 0.25CD points, ODOB course 50039.
    - South Africa: Accredited for 4 CEUs, Level 2, 40 MCQs, activity ODO004/02/01/2020.
    - United Kingdom: Accredited for 4 CET points for Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Contact Lens Opticians. Competency details and module reference numbers can be found at https://www.myopiaprofile.com/uk-cet-competencies/.
    - USA/Canada: COPE approval for 4 hours, ID 68700-GO.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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