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Christina Jensen: Academy 2019 Orlando and Third World Congress of Optometry includes over 450 hours of lectures and workshops, symposia, and scientific paper and poster presentations.
Dr. Linda Bellomy: You get a lot of options as far as your continuing education topics, anything from disease to binocular vision.
Christina Jensen: This annual meeting also features this extensive exhibit hall with over 175 booths. In the exhibit hall, you can find a variety of optometric products and services.
Julie Lewis: We have been long time exhibitors certainly, at Academy. We really enjoy this very energized crowd of students and faculty, academicians that stopped by. It really just invigorates the shows.
Lee Stansbury: Anytime we can engage with a practice owner or a future doctor outside of the business and we have that opportunity to elongate a conversation, it’s usually beneficial.
Sean Clark: We are so excited to be here with so many leaders in optometry and we can’t wait to see you all again next year in Nashville.
Christina Jensen: In the exhibit hall, you can also find the Academy membership booth. The American Academy of Optometry is a National Membership Association for Optometrist, vision scientists, and other individuals dedicated to the highest standards of optometric practices through clinical care, education, and research. The letters F A A O Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry after an optometrist, scientist, or other qualified persons name signify to colleagues and to patients, that they have set themselves apart from their peers and their commitment to continual professional development in the advancement of the profession.
Dr. Faith Schneider: I really encourage everyone to, who’s at the Academy, who’s not a fellow to really do their fellowship if they haven’t had that already. It’s a great process to go through and you just learn a lot and you’re just kind of practicing at the highest ability that you can.
Christina Jensen: For more information on fellowship, stop by the Academy membership booth 1527 in the exhibit hall. The Academy will waive the application fee if you sign up at the booth. This year, lend your creativity to the eyes of the world to mosaic. Attendees can participate in this interactive art project in the exhibit hall.
Bruce Hunter: By the end of today, they’ll be doing the background and then we’ll be grounding them up, which is sort of what I was doing over there before. So it’s a fairly standard process. It’s fun to do and everybody can do it.
Christina Jensen: This mural will soon be at the new school of optometry in Haiti. It represents the American people whose eyes are constantly watching to ensure that any and all policies embody human rights, advanced civil rights, and promote the highest degree of equality.
Joanne Hunter: The college is going to be using this also as an equal opportunity for education so that women and men can go to college and possibly some of these third world countries and be equally respected.
Christina Jensen: The mural will be finished this Saturday and soon after it will be shipped to Haiti. At the Monroe J Hirsch Research Symposium. Gene therapy for ocular neurologic disorders. Attendees learned about an FDA approved treatment for leber congenital amaurosis that restores the vision in children with this deficiency. This is the only FDA approved gene treatment for vision impairment. Attendees also learned about gene therapy for glaucoma in an animal model and hereditary optic neuropathy in humans. And this education session called therapeutic treatment tales fact or fiction, attendees were quizzed on how they treat common eye conditions.
Dr. Blair Lonsberry: Then what we did is we went to the literature and said, what does the literature actually tell us that we have evidence to prove what they’re doing? And it’s not that people can’t do things off label, but what we wanted to do is go to the backing of the literature and say, what does the literature really support and how they treat. I always back up what I can from the literature. So I think it’s important for any practitioner to make sure that when they’re talking to patients, they’ve got the evidence to back that up. It’s not just strictly anecdotal evidence.
Dr. Tammy Than: I recommend Eye Mail News Brief, which is put out by the Academy once a month. It summarizes, it takes a different topic every month. So one month it might be glaucoma, one month it might be neurology. And it summarizes four of the latest clinical research studies that are out there. It summarized, and then a member of the Academy actually gives their perspective on how it can be used in their clinic.
Christina Jensen: The Eye Mail News Brief delivers relevant content to the inboxes of the Academy members once a month. Thursday evening concluded with poster presentations. This session provided attendees with the opportunity to interact with optometrists, vision scientists, and students about cases and new research.
Dr. Yomi Ogundele: Well, what makes Xelpros unique is that it’s basically chloride free. Okay, so it has an alternate preservative system that’s mild on the ocular surface.
Christina Jensen: Here are some events that show Academy 2019 Orlando and Third World Congress of Optometry knows how to unwind. Everyone is still talking about the Luxottica Student Welcome Reception Wednesday evening. Students took pictures at the Luxottica backdrop and danced the night away. Meanwhile, the young doctors of optometry networked at the Young ODS Reception. Remember to share your pictures on social media. Just use the hashtag #Academy19 and #WCOCongress19.