International Myopia Institute White Paper Report

Recorded On: 11/28/2018

The International Myopia Institute White Paper Workshop will report on:

  1. Five of the seven white paper reports, exploring key topics of myopia to provide guidance and recommendations emanating from an evidence-based review and analysis of the literature by committees of experts tasked in their specialty areas.
  2. The five reports covering the key areas in myopia: 1. Definitions and classifications, 2. Interventions, 3. Experimental models, 4. Clinical trial guidelines and instrumentation to assess myopic changes, 5. Clinical guidelines for clinical practice and national health.
  3. These white-papers will form the guidelines from which clinicians, researchers, industry and policy-makers can refer to for their decision making in clinical practice, conducting clinical trials, education and advocacy at the public health, patient and policy level.
  4. The details of the key findings will be presented and discussed in an open forum where audience members can participate and contribute.
  5. The white papers will eventually be published in an IOVS special issue in late 2018.

Earl L. Smith, OD, PhD, FAAO

Professor Smith received his OD (1972) and PhD (1978) from the University of Houston and subsequently joined the faculty of the UH College of Optometry. During his tenure in the College of Optometry, he has served as the Chair of the Basic Sciences Department and as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. Professor Smith currently holds the Greeman-Petty Professorship in Vision Development and is serving as the Dean of the College of Optometry. 

Professor Smith’s research interests are focused on the optics of the eye. He received the Glenn Fry Award (1996) and the Prentice Medal (2010) from the American Academy of Optometry for his research on the role of vision in regulating refractive development and eye growth. Professor Smith has published over 150 referenced papers and received 29 years of research funding from the National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Eye Institute (NEI). He is also an accomplished lecturer, having received teaching awards at the department, college and university level and in 2003 was selected by the Texas Optometric Association as its Educator of the Year. 

Professor Smith is an active member of the vision science community. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an ARVO Fellow (inaugural class), a past President of the American Optometric Foundation (2002), a past Member and Chair of NIH NEI's Central Visual Processing Study Section (1998-2003) and a past member of NIH's National Advisory Eye Council (2005-2008). Professor Smith currently serves on the Board of Directors of Prevent Blindness Texas, as the Secretary of the Partnership Foundation for Optometric Education, and as the Past-President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

Ian Flitcroft, MA, DPhil

Christine Wildsoet, DipAppSci(Optom), PhD, FAAO

David Troilo, PhD, FARVO, FAAO

David Troilo is a Professor, Vice President and the Dean for Academic Affairs at the SUNY College of Optometry. He received his Ph.D. in biology from the City University of New York. He held post-doctoral research positions at the University Laboratories of Physiology at the University of Oxford, and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and the Department of Psychology at Cornell University. His principal research interest is on the visual control of eye growth and development and control of myopia. For a list of selected publications see PubMed:

James Wolffsohn, MBA, PhD, FAAO

Following a 1st class Optometry degree from Manchester, a pre-registration year at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London, a PhD at Cardiff University and a clinical/research fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Professor Wolffsohn was appointed by Aston University in 2000, where he was Head of Optometry 2004-9 and Deputy Executive Dean for Life and Health Sciences 2009-16, being awarded a personal Chair in 2007. He is now associate Pro-Vice Chancellor. James has published over 200 peer reviewed academic papers and given numerous international presentations. His main research areas are the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and the tear film. He is the academic Chair of the British Contact Lens Association, having been a past president, was a harmoniser and sub-committee chair for TFOS DEWS II and joint-Chair of the International Myopia Institute reports.

Kate Gifford, PhD, BAppSc(Optom)Hons, FAAO

Kate Gifford (formerly Johnson) operates an independent practice in Brisbane, Australia, with specialty interests in contact lenses, binocular vision and myopia control. Graduating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2003 with First Class Honours and a University Medal, Kate is now undertaking a part-time PhD by clinical research. She is a fellow of the BCLA, IACLE, CCLSA (Australia) and AAO and is the current National President of Optometry Australia. Kate is an award-winning clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer at QUT, holds 21 peer reviewed and professional publications, and has presented over 50 lectures at conferences in Australia and internationally.