Recently, the Vision By Design (VBD) 2016 Conference hosted by the United States Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC) was held in Phoenix, the capital of the U. S. state of Arizona. Led by Lu Fan, the President of Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) and deputy chair of theInternational Academy of Orthokeratology Asia- Section ( IAOA), a WMUdelegation of 10 attended the event and discussed hot topics relating to myopia control and the latest development of Orthokeratology with participating experts in the production, design, clinical optometry and research of Orthokeratology and other special contact lens from around the world.
At the conference, participants made presentations about the design, clinical optometry, and the future development of contact lens, discussed scleral contact lens, special soft lenses and other specially designed lenses, and shared experimental and clinical research findings about myopia control. Prof. Lu Fan made the presentation entitled “The Vision Function Improvement for Myopia Control through Orthorkeratology”. She introduced the work of WMU’s ophthalmology and optometry research team in Orthokeratology study, focusing on the myopia control effect of Orthokeratology lens and the significance of the research for juvenile myopia control. Her remarks sparked the heated discussions among experts present at the conference.
In addition, Professor Lu Fan also exchanged views with a number of international experts in small groups on issues including the future development of Orthokeratology lens in China, the myopia control of Chinese children, the research work, institutions and development of contact lens in Europe, the U. S. and China, and the production and operation of Orthokeratology lens manufacturers in the U. S.
It is understood, Orthokeratology lens, also known as OK lens, is a new means of myopia correction that quantitatively corrects the cornea curvature by modifying the shape of lens to temporarily ease myopia. Since the introduction of the clinical optometry of OK lens in China in 1998, the Eye Hospital of WMU, under the leadership of Prof. Lu Fan, has accumulated rich clinical experience and resources. In myopia control study (a project funded by the National 973 Program, namely, the Key Project of Chinese National Programs for Fundamental Research and Development), they have won credit and attention of the industry for their in-depth study on the OK lens’ delaying effect on myopia progression. Moreover, the hospital has been clinically working with a number of companies in the field of Orthokeratology.