Alex Nixon is a graduate of The Ohio State University (OSU) and completed OSU's Cornea and Contact Lens Advanced Practice Fellowship. He spent 5 years as a clinical instructor at OSU and investigator with the Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study Group, and currently is a Principal Research Optometrist in Research and Development at Johnson and Johnson Vision.
Recently presented at ARVO 2021, this work by Alex Nixon and colleagues explored the idea of physiologic eye growth in myopic children. It is recognised that emmetropic eyes show physiologic eye growth, a situation where eye growth (axial length) occurs without substantial change to the refractive state of the eye. This occurs when the eye growth is balanced by loss of power from the crystalline lens.
This new work analysed existing data to estimate the amount of physiologic eye growth in myopic children.
Results and Clinical Significance
The analysis supports the existence of physiologic eye growth in myopic children. Clinicians should be aware of this and take it into account when assessing the efficacy of myopia management interventions in their patients.