Newswise: The week of May 24 is Myopia Awareness Week. Commonly known as myopia, myopia is the most common eye disorder in the world, affecting approximately 1.988 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Recently, Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, Indiana, opened a myopia management clinic. If children are diagnosed early, there are several treatments available that can slow the progression of myopia, reducing the subsequent risk of various eye diseases, including retinal detachments and glaucoma. UI optometrist Katie Connolly is available to discuss these treatments and myopia in general.
Dr. Katie Connolly is an associate clinical professor at Indiana University School of Optometry and the clinical head of the binocular vision and pediatric services. In addition to training students in the classroom, she sees patients in the pediatric care, binocular vision, myopia management and concussion clinics at the Atwater Eye Care Center. In addition, she is the clinical director of See Better, Learn Better, a pediatric nonprofit organization for eye care in Jamaica and the Special Olympics Opening Eyes in Indiana. She is co-director of Vision for the Future and, through her local work, projects more than 2,500 children each year in Bloomington, Ind.
Expert areas: vision, eye care, pediatric vision care, vision and learning, myopia management, amblyopia and strabismus