Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice® Plenary Session
WHO World Health Report: Opportunities for Optometry to Make an Impact

Wednesday, October 23 | 10:00 AM to Noon 

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Dr. Kovin Naidoo
Dr. Sandra Block
Dr. Alarcos Cieza

This year the World Health Organization (WHO) will release a World Vision Report on the distribution of eye disease and blindness across the globe and the disease burden these eye conditions pose on nations and regions. Additionally, the human resource requirements of eyecare providers needed to address this public health crisis will be covered. Optometry, specifically the session speakers, played an instrumental role in developing the report. They will discuss the findings and their implications for optometry internationally and for North America respectively. The keynote speaker from WHO will give us an overview of that organization’s efforts to tackle the extensive disease and blindness burdens on society throughout the world and where optometry fits into this effort. Speakers include Kovin Naidoo, OD, PhD, FAAO, Sandra Block, OD, MPH, FAAO, and a speaker from the WHO. 

Ezell Fellows Present: Public Health / Epidemiology Potpourri

Wednesday, October 23 | 10:00 AM to Noon

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Dr. Daniel Roberts
Dr. Nicole Carnt
Dr. Charlotte Joslin
Dr. Dean VanNasdale

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Ezell Fellows Present program, where three former AAOF Ezell Fellowship recipients at different stages of their careers share their research. Included in this session will be discussions on anterior segment infectious eye disease and US national health datasets used to assess vision impairment.

Monroe J. Hirsch Research Symposium:
Gene Therapy for Ocular and Neurologic Disorders 

Thursday, October 24  | 8:00 to 10:00 AM 

Dr. Stephen Russell
Dr. Abbott Clark
Dr. Byron Lam

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. Contemporary issues in gene therapy will be discussed including Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, animal models of glaucoma, and Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

Fry and Prentice Lectures

Friday, October 25 | 8:00 to 9:00 AM 

Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. Join us in recognizing the best in the profession. The Prentice and Fry awardees will both give lectures during this one-hour program.

American Academy of Optometry and American Academy of Ophthalmology Symposium: Addressing the Global Myopia Burden

Friday, October 25 | 10:00 AM to Noon 

Dr. Michael Repka
Dr. Jeffrey Walline
Dr. Donald Mutti
Dr. Judy Kim
Dr. David Berntsen
The prevalence of myopia in the developed world is on the rise. This session will provide perspective regarding the public health burden and societal cost of myopia, as well illustrate the visual ramifications of the disease. The discussion will also include evidence-based information regarding the slowing of myopia progression through optical methods such as orthokeratology and soft multifocal contact lenses, as well as pharmaceutical methods of myopia control such as low concentration atropine eye drops. Audience members will gain a breadth of knowledge regarding myopia and methods to reduce the potential for visually significant side effects.

Global Summit on Optometric Education

Sunday, October 27 | 10:00 AM to Noon

Co-sponsored by the World Council of Optometry, American Academy of Optometry, and Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

This session will provide educators from optometric educational programs from around the globe the opportunity to share education philosophies/teaching methods and to discuss challenges facing institutions. The session will begin with a review of the status of optometric education worldwide with an emphasis on strengths and opportunities. Our commitment to enhance and improve optometric education across the world will materialize in a program that strengthens educator skills, supports curricula development and facilitates access to a broad range of educational materials and approaches used successfully by schools of optometry across the world. Break-out discussion sessions will cover topics of common interest and engage participants to discuss, mobilize and advance educational resources leading to improved patient care. Faculty and administrators of optometry programs from across the globe are invited to attend and contribute to this critically significant discussion. 


Program Preview

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Preliminary Education Grid

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