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#13 The Myopia Podcast: Dr. Monica Jong: 400 Definitions for Myopia and the International Myopia Institute

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About Dr. Monica Jong:

Assistant Professor, Discipline of Optometry, University of Canberra, Australia Asia Optometric Myopia Academy (AOMA) Advisor Visiting Fellow, School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney Secretary of the Refractive Error Working Group, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness 
Former International Myopia Institute (IMI) Executive Director, BHVI Sydney

Monica is a graduate from the Optometry program at the University of Melbourne, where she also completed her PhD investigating the structure and function relationship using optical coherence tomography in inherited retinal disease She then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto in retinal imaging and blood flow in diabetic eye disease. Monica is the former Executive Director of the International Myopia Institute (IMI), the premier working group of over one experts in the field of myopia established after the first WHO-BHVI Meeting on Myopia in 2015 to advance myopia research, education and patient care, to prevent future vision impairment and blindness. Monica led the IMI from its inception in 2015 until late 2021 and under her direction the IMI has brought consensus to the area of myopia management, published two volumes of white papers in the Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences high impact journal, clinical summaries in up to fourteen languages, as well as a chairside reference for practitioners. Monica has authored numerous peer reviewed publications in the area of myopia and high myopia risk factors, pathology and epidemiology. She co-authored the WHO report on the Impact of Myopia and High Myopia, and was the co-creator of the first accredited global online myopia management education program. Monica speaks regularly at key international scientific and practitioner meetings between teaching and mentoring students.

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