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The Importance of Patient Compliance

Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, BOptom, MIP, PhD
Brien Holden Vision Institute

It is well known that myopia can be slowed with a number of optical and non-optical interventions that reduce the risk of the eye reaching higher levels of myopia. Efficacy of an optical or non-optical intervention for myopia control is the extent to which myopia progression is slowed in users of myopia control strategies in comparison to wear with a standard single vision spectacle or contact lens.

In defining the efficacy, a poor or less than optimal outcome with a treatment may be a result of either a) non-compliance or non-adherence to treatment regimen, or b) true failure.

Interestingly, it has been said that nearly one-third to one-half fail to comply with general medical advice and prescriptions, with a number of factors such as the individual’s own beliefs, information available to them and personal circumstances playing a role.

Compliance or adherence may be defined as the extent to which an individual complies with administering the treatment in accordance with the practitioner’s instructions.

Interestingly, it has been said that nearly one-third to one-half fail to comply with general medical advice and prescriptions, with a number of factors such as the individual’s own beliefs, information available to them and personal circumstances playing a role.

What exactly is non- adherence to myopia management strategy?

Non-adherence to myopia management strategy would, in the case of contact lens wear, be failing to wear the lenses for either the required number of hours per day or days per week or interchanging between right and left eyes, or having, for example, blurred vision but failing to replace or have an appropriate correction.