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Communication and compliance.
Communication is always key to compliance and the understanding of the motivation and clinical limitation of current practices in Myopia Control.
The use of online predictive tools such as MYOPIA.CARE can assist in demonstrating and offering a comparison to parents of any effect based on where the child was likely to be without intervention. Parents need to have realistic expectations at the outset and ongoing through the treatment period.
Each patient will respond to intervention differently and it is important to manage expectations as myopia development and progression cannot be prevented or fully controlled. It is important to present the limitations and the benefits of different treatment to patients or parents.
Some children will develop high myopia irrespective of any intervention, and the extent to which progression is reduced may be unpredictable. When undertaking myopia control therapy it is important to ensure that and appropriate and valid informed consent is obtained.