Watch highlights from Day 1 of Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry.
Christina Jensen: I’m Christina Jensen, host of Optometry TV. Welcome to Academy 2019 Orlando and Third World Congress of Optometry.
Dr. Matthew Bovenzi: Academy is probably the premier event for continuing education on optometry, ophthalmic technology, and treatment methodologies, and to really hone your skills and keep them sharp.
Christina Jensen: Let’s take a look at some of the exciting events that took place on Wednesday. The day started with this press conference that provided attendees with the latest information in vision science and its associated technology. Attendees that listened to presentations about various research topics from each area of focus in optometry and vision science.
Dr. John Buch: We know that transitions lenses had really strong performance, we know that nine out of 10 subjects actually want to continue wearing the photochromatic lenses, some form of correction moving forward. And just as a reminder again, subjects really need to wear the lens at least two weeks to experience that benefit from the lens in different lighting environments.
Christina Jensen: With more than 450 hours of lectures, workshops, and symposia, attendees can expect to find groundbreaking clinical research and practices, basic principles of large diameter rigid and sclera contact lenses were discussed during this workshop. Basics of sclera contact lens fitting. It’s as easy as one, two, three. Instructors who are members of the sclera lens education society provided hands-on fitting experience using scleral lenses from different lens companies.
Dr. Matthew Kauffman: Some of the equipment that we’re using are conventional [inaudible] So those are found in every practitioner’s office. We also have three other instruments that kind of measure the contour of the white part of the eye. So that kind of tells us the high elevations, the low elevations, and kind of everything in between. So, those technologies really kind of helps us perfect our fit.
Dr. Samantha Weaver: So we have a couple of patients right now that are being fit into sclerals by another optometrist in the practice that’s their very important time. So I’ll be able to help kind of direct those fits a little bit.
Christina Jensen: In this rapid-fire session, the dry eye management map, Navigating OSD in 2019, a panel discuss Dues 2 and the new definitions of dry eye, how makeup and cosmetics influenced the ocular surface and solutions to offer patients relief.
Dr. Melissa Barnett: When you’re looking for dry eye, you’re also looking for other things like asking questions like dry mouth and arthritis, looking for autoimmune disease, looking at other systemic conditions and medications that could also influence the ocular surface.
Christina Jensen: Now to the main stage. Wednesdays, headlining events included the plenary session with an in-depth look at the World Health Organization World Vision Report. The report looks at the distribution of eye disease and blindness across the globe and the eye conditions that pose a threat to nations and regions. Doctors presented the findings and efforts to tackle those eye conditions.
Dr. Kovin Naidoo: The world report basically summarized to challenge and broaden to challenge into talking about, not just refractive and cataract and glaucoma, but talking about how do we make Eye Health more accessible. How do you create Eye Health teams? How do you look at integrated care? How do you operate within a systems approach?
Antoinette Antwi: We have to be challenged as optometrists, as general eye practitioners. On what to do to curb that situation or looking at a person like me coming all the way from Africa is a lot of work out there. And so there’s the need for us to take the initiative and then go ahead with what needs to be done.
Christina Jensen: Attendees learned how the right diagnostic and management tools can help optometrists diagnose visual pathway disorders in this next session.
Dr. Patricia Modica: The imaging modalities, such as OCT is very, very powerful tools and when we utilize them in combination with the rest of our ocular testing, we can learn a lot about our patients. That goes way beyond what we would expect to see in the eyes. Multiple sclerosis is a really important neurological disease that affects the brain but also affects the visual pathways. And we talked about ways that we can correlate some of our ocular testing to actually the neurological testing.
Christina Jensen: AAO’s Executive Director Peter Scott spoke to Optometry TV about what’s in store for the largest event in optometry.
Peter Scott: It is truly a global event, people from around the world come here. It is the largest meeting in optometry, the largest educational event in optometry. So we’re really proud of that and that really helps us kind of springboard into other, other services, other programs. This year we’re holding our very first think tank, what we’re going to talk about, contact lens infection and we’ve never done that before. We’re expanding our Research Academy throughout the year and we’re doing a lot of different things to really provide the optometric community with more tools, more resources, more education, ultimately leading to better patient care.
Christina Jensen: He also spoke about AAO’s new strategic plan which will serve as a roadmap for the Academy for the next four years.
Peter Scott: We have five pillars, research and our commitment to research education, at our core, we provide a lot of continuing education and a lot of the very best in education and optometry. Beyond that, continuing to grow our membership and add value to our members. We also have strategic partnerships looking to see how we can grow our message and our reach, within the optometric community. And leadership and legacy.
Christina Jensen: AAO will soon celebrate 100 years in San Diego. This is the 98th annual meeting, the Academy’s hosting. The night concluded with the American Academy of Optometry Foundations Major Donors Reception.
Dr. Pete Kolbaum: A lot of us have had great mentors, great individuals that have helped us at various points in our career. And I think as we get to a certain point, it’s time for us to pay that forward. It’s our duty as good citizens, as members of the Academy, to help support future generations.
Dr. Kerry Giedd: You know, I think by supporting the future of optometry and the research that goes on in our profession, you know that that just is a really important priority in my professional career.
Christina Jensen: Thanks for watching Optometry TV. We have even more highlights from the welcome reception.