Headlining Events

Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice® Plenary Session
The Eye as a Mirror of the Brain
Wednesday, October 11, 10 AM to Noon

Dr. Robert Sergott

Dr. Christopher Hudson

Dr. Marina

This year at 10 AM – 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 11, be sure to attend the plenary session, “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice: The Eye as a Mirror of the Brain,” where leading researchers will present their thinking on the role of the retina in brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. The moderator will be Dr. Barbara Caffery and the speakers will include Dr. Robert Sergott of the Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. Christopher Hudson from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, and Dr. Marina Bedny of Johns Hopkins University. COPE ID: 55041-PS

Monroe J. Hirsch Symposium
Precision Medicine and the Future of Healthcare
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 8:00 to 10:00 AM

Dr. Bruce R.

Dr. Thomas

Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

Named in honor of Dr. Monroe J. Hirsch, each year the Academy’s Research Committee creates a program that keeps communication open between scientific discovery and clinical patient care. The current approach to disease treatment and prevention is based largely on patterns learned from studying the average response of many patients. How would treatment change if doctors had better, more specific information about an individual patient’s risk for disease? A new program of the National Institutes of Health, entitled the Precision Medicine Initiative, will enroll one million volunteers beginning in 2017 and is intended to fundamentally change our approach to patient care. The Hirsch symposium will explore the developments that have led to this initiative and what it may mean for the future treatment and prevention of eye disease. Moderator Michael Twa, OD, PhD, FAAO will be joined by Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, Thomas May, PhD, Dara Richardson-Heron, MD. COPE ID: Pending

American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Ophthalmology Joint Symposium
Ocular Surface Disease: What You May Be Missing
Thursday, October 12, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Dry eye and ocular surface disease is a field with new concepts on pathogenesis, improved diagnostic technology and a variety of new treatment options. This symposium will update current thought regarding diagnosis, treatment and the role of neuropathy in dry eye. Moderators Drs. Stephen Pflugfelder and Barbara Caffery will be joined by Drs. Victor Perez, Ellen Shorter and Carolyn Begley. COPE ID: 54983-AS

Ezell Fellows Present
Managing the Consequences of Abnormal Visual Development
Friday, October 13, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Three investigators at different stages of their careers were supported early on by receiving AAOF Ezell Fellowships. The elements of normal and abnormal visual development will be presented with updates on treatment strategies for amblyopia and strabismus in young children as well as a discussion of visual deficits in patients with Down Syndrome and potential strategies to maximize their visual quality. Speakers include Susan Cotter of Southern California College of Optometry at MBKU, T. Rowan Candy of University of California Berkeley, and Heather Anderson of the University of Houston College of Optometry. COPE ID: 54862-FV

Academy Awards Program
Friday, October 13, 8:00 to 10:00 AM
1 hour of CE credit available for attending 2 hours of this program.
You are invited to attend the Fry and Prentice Lectures and Awards Program where the most deserving optometrists and vision scientists are honored for their research and dedication to the profession. The Glenn A. Fry and Charles F. Prentice Award recipients will give presentations on their research findings. Continental breakfast will be provided. COPE ID: 55015-GO

Incorporating TFOS DEWS II™ into Clinical Practice
Thursday, October 12, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
In this presentation, we will review the Definition and Classification, Diagnostic Methodology and Management and Therapy reports of TFOS DEWS II™ and summarize the peer-reviewed evidence concerning the most appropriate way to manage patients with dry eye disease using contemporary methods. Speakers include Drs. Jennifer P. Craig, Lyndon W. Jones, and James S. Wolffsohn. COPE ID: 54788-AS