I have thought about this web site for several years but the release of the study "Increased Prevalence of Myopia in the U.S. between 1971-1972 and 1999-2004" by Vitale et al. in December of 2009 gave me the push I needed. The report gained wide media attention about a two-thirds increase in myopia in about thirty years, but no mention was made of current research showing how to slow and stop the trend. There are things that can be done. To that end, I have three main goals:
This web site suffers from explanations that are too complicated at times for the average patient to understand and at other times I may upset those who wish me to annotate every statement. I ask both groups to understand that the ultimate goal is to further everyone's knowledge. Use the information here to begin your personal journey to understanding and care. My bias, and my strength, is that I am a practicing optometrist who has seen tens of thousands of myopic patients. I fell in love with orthokeratology to help these people before it was recognized as the myopia prevention technique that it is. I am the owner of OrthoKDoctors.com.
This site will continue to be a work in progress. I hope you find some useful information. Thank you for visiting.
Richard L. Anderson, O.D., F.O.A.A.
484 Mobil Ave. #6
Camarillo, CA 93010
May 1, 2010