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The Myopia Collective Names Inaugural Change Agents

More than 60 eye care professionals appointed to spearhead myopia management advocacy across the nation

The American Optometric Association (AOA) and CooperVision announced the inaugural cohort of Change Agents for The Myopia Collective. The news coincides with Optometry’s Meeting in Nashville, June 19-22, 2024.

This groundbreaking partnership aims to rally the optometry profession and its allies to shift the focus on myopia from mere correction to comprehensive treatment. More than 60 eye care professionals (ECPs) were appointed as Change Agents, with individuals from each U.S. state ensuring nationwide representation.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2024 MYOPIA COLLECTIVE CHANGE AGENTS

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

Change agents, alphabetically

ABOUT THE INITIATIVE

“Change Agents will be the driving force behind The Myopia Collective, receiving specialized training in myopia management and leading legislative and advocacy initiatives in their communities,” says Michele Andrews, OD, Vice President, Marketing and Professional Affairs, Americas, CooperVision.

“The enthusiasm from those who applied has been remarkable, with interest pouring in nationwide. We are excited to watch this initial group lead the charge in shaping a pivotal moment for children’s eye health.”

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Dr. Michele Andrews

In September, Change Agents will participate in a multi-day workshop in Chicago, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to integrate myopia management more effectively into their practices and advocate on behalf of The Myopia Collective. Topics include proven techniques for growing a myopia management practice, strategies for state and federal outreach, and updates on the current landscape of children’s vision. Change Agents will also share how to engage other healthcare professionals, legislators, and community members that look after children.  

Dr. Steven Reed
Dr. Steven Reed

“The training provided to the Change Agents will empower them to lead the charge in their communities and make significant differences in the lives of children with myopia,” says AOA President Steven Reed, OD. “However, Change Agents are just one part of this pivotal initiative, with the other being the entire U.S. optometry community. We invite everyone to become Members of The Myopia Collective, symbolizing a unified dedication to advancing myopia management across the profession. Members will gain access to valuable educational resources, receive exclusive insights on best practices, and be among the first to receive community news and updates.”  

For more information about The Myopia Collective, including information about how to become a member, visit the AOA’s Website.

 

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