Academy 2012 Phoenix Symposia

Vision Science Section: ARVO/AAO Joint Symposium: "Rod Vision - Structure, Function, Treatment and Rehabilitation"

Friday, October 26, 10:00 AM - Noon, Room 124 A-B

Taking a "front to back" approach to the rod division of the visual system examining novel new imaging methodologies for assessment of the structure of components of the retina, visual function as experienced through rods, the genetics of inherited rod disease and the potential for gene therapies and treatments, this symposium features illustrious speakers from the world of vision science: Alex Bowers, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO, Alfredo Dubra, PhD, Gunilla Haegerstrom- Portnoy, OD, PhD, FAAO, Artur Cideciyan, PhD, Gang Luo, PhD, and Ian Bailey, OD, DSc, FAAO.

Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry Section Symposium: "Demystifying Vision in Autism"

Wednesday, October 24, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 124 A-B

Dovetailing on the Plenary session, speakers in this symposium will provide an overview to vision research in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, discuss the link between visual spatial issues and function, and report findings of pilot studies on convergence and spectacle wear in patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Speakers include the plenary speaker Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH, David Simmons, DPhil, Rachel Coulter, OD, FAAO, and Annette Bade, OD, FAAO.

Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies Symposium: "The Role of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Lid Wiper Epitheliopathy in Dry Eye Disease"

Friday, October 26, 3:00 - 6:00 PM (concludes with Awards Ceremony), Room 121 A-C

The information presented in this Symposium will assist the contact lens practitioner and the general optometrist alike in the management of one of the most prevalent and morbid conditions seen in eye care-dry eye disease. Speakers include Kelly Nichols, OD, PhD, FAAO and Gary Foulks, MD, FACS. Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD, FAAO, one of the leading researchers in lid wiper disease, will detail the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition.

Glaucoma SIG Symposium: "Identifying Glaucoma Progression: A Clinical Discussion"

Thursday, October 25, 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Room 124 A-B

This two hour symposium is the first to be held by the newly formed Glaucoma Special Interest Group (SIG). The discussion will focus on clinical detection of glaucoma progression based on optic nerve, retinal nerve fiber layer, and visual field analysis.. Speakers are Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO, Murray Fingeret, OD, FAAO, and Danica Marrelli, OD, FAAO

The 2012 Lawrence G. Gray Memorial Symposium on Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders

Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 AM - Noon, Room 124 A-B

Learn about the neuro-ophthalmology of Multiple Sclerosis, the differences and similarities between idiopathic intracranial hypertension, ocular Myasthenia Gravis, optic neuritis and Horner?s Syndrome in children vs. adults, and the atypical presentations of optic neuritis and neuromyelitis optica from leading researchers in the field, such as Laura J. Balcer, MD, MSCE, Grant T. Liu, MD, and Heather E. Moss, MD, PhD.

Optometric Education Section Symposium: "The Evolution of Competency over a Career"

Friday, October 26, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 228

Over a career, the evolution of competency is a function of experience and periodic assessment. The initial determination of competency is demonstrated by obtaining the Doctor of Optometry degree and successful passage of written and clinical licensure examinations. This symposium will explore issues related to the evolution of competency over a career. Speakers include J. Bart Campbell, OD, FAAO, David Heath, OD, EdM, FAAO, and Robert Kerr, PharmD.

Primary Care Section Symposium, co-sponsored with the Anterior Segment SIG: "Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease: Application of Cutting Edge Optometric Research"

Friday, October 26, 10:00 AM - Noon, Room 122 A-C

The focus of the symposium is to bring leading optometric researchers in cornea and ocular surface disease together who will present their cutting edge research and explicitly point to applications that will change eye care. Speakers include Anthony Adams, OD, PhD, FAAO, Joseph Bonanno, OD, PhD, FAAO, Suzanne Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO, Nancy McNamara, OD, PhD, and Danielle Robertson, OD, PhD, FAAO.

Public Health & Environmental Vision Section Symposium: "Sustainable Humanitarian Efforts in International Eye Care"

Thursday, October 25, 10:00 AM - Noon, Room 121 A-C

Preventable blindness and vision impairment is a major problem, particularly in the developing world. Humanitarian efforts of the past were spirited but typically addressed only the symptoms of the problem. Speakers with experience in combating eye care issues internationally include Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO, Gerald Lowther, OD, PhD, FAAO, and Ronald Weinstein, MD.

Vision in Aging SIG Symposium: "Vision in Aging: A Focus on Falls and the Driving Debate"

Thursday, October 25, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 121 A-C

The clinical care of older adults requires an interdisciplinary approach and the clinical application of a broad body of knowledge and skills to address the complex eye care needs of the aging adult. The purpose of this inaugural symposium is to educate and increase awareness about the impact of falls and driving challenges on older adults and the link with vision. The interdisciplinary panel includes Susan Leat, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, Gunilla Haegerstrom- Portnoy, OD, PhD, FAAO, Mindy Fain, MD, Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH, and David Elliot, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO.