Latest News CooperVision Offers Optometry Students New Opportunities, Further Commits to Myopia Management Education By Staff Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Committed to furthering myopia management education in the optometric industry, CooperVision is bringing new opportunities to optometry students. Certification for its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day contact lenses is now available to third- and fourth-year students at the 23 schools and colleges of optometry throughout the nation. CooperVision has also added MiSight 1 day to its list of products available through the existing Adopt-a-Patient program, according to a recent announcement. CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day contact lens is the first and only soft contact lens the Food and Drug Administration has approved for slowing the progression of myopia in children, aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment. “As childhood myopia continues to rise in prevalence and severity, it’s important for all future optometrists to learn how to effectively manage myopia,” Justin Kwan, OD, senior manager of myopia management, professional and academic affairs at CooperVision, said in the announcement. “Our latest commitment provides students with opportunities to grow their knowledge and have direct experience with the most advanced contact lens technologies, better preparing them for myopia management in practice. Students who proceed with Brilliant Futures certification will also stand out amongst their peers as they compete for scholarships, residencies and jobs after graduation.” CooperVision worked with contact lens chiefs at each school and college of optometry to invite all third- and fourth-year students to attend a student certification launch kickoff in early April. During the event, CooperVision executives, contact lens educator Dr. Anita Gulmiri, and certified ECP Ashley Wallace-Tucker provided insights into how CooperVision is a leader in the myopia management category, why myopia management is important, and the value certification brings as students begin their careers. Students will receive the same Brilliant Futures certification training as practicing eyecare professionals, including access to a five-course syllabus and optional engagement opportunities with peers and our top certified prescribers via Ask the Expert webinars. Students who successfully complete the curriculum and online exam will earn certification that will follow them as they start their career, according to the announcement. Once the student accepts a position, they just need to update CooperVision who will then deploy their myopia team to successfully launch Brilliant Futures in their practice. In addition, students have the opportunity for a hands-on fitting experience now that MiSight 1 day is available as part of CooperVision’s Adopt-a-Patient program. CooperVision has committed to allocating up to 12 MiSight 1 day annual supplies to each participating school and college of optometry. Adopt-A-Patient is intended to be a positive contact lens fitting experience for optometry students during their clinical contact lens internship while serving under-privileged patients. ECPs and optometry faculty, residents and students who are interested in learning more about the Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day contact lenses can visit www.coopervision.com/practitioner/myopia-management.