Dr. Lu Fan MS/OD ‘02 was recently interviewed about the state of myopia research at the Wenzhou Medical University and in China in the autumn issue of “Points de Vue” international review of ophthalmic optics. Lu Fan is New England College of Optometry’s (NECO) closest contact person in China. Dr. Fan was the first to receive her OD from NECO in the MS/OD program. She then became the Dean of the WMU School of Ophthalmology and Optometry, a congresswoman for 10 years, and a member of the Chinese health ministry. In 2015, she was appointed President of the Wenzhou Medical University (WMU).
Dr. Fan is an active myopia researcher. In the “Points de Vue” article, she describes the three important elements of WMU myopia research and the importance of tying these together. These elements are fundamental research including animal models, clinical studies examining human risk factors and epidemiology, optometric interventions including therapies to prevent myopia development. Important therapy procedures include ortho-K, special contact lenses, and eyeglasses, improved near-work posture, and pharmaceutical agents. She also notes that the WMU does around 5000 refractive surgeries per year. While this is not a cure for myopia, it does provide an optical correction.
Read the full interview in Points de Vue, International Review of Ophthalmic Optics.