Dublin 2012

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Conference in Ireland brings together Europe’s optometry and optics professionals

Over 230 people working in optometry and optics from 29 countries came together in Dublin, Ireland, from 20-22 April for the European Academy of Optometry and Optics’ annual conference.

The event featured lectures, clinical workshops, discussion forums and case studies from over 30 international experts, with many sessions offering continuing professional development on a range of topics including childhood myopia, standardisation of optometric education, low vision rehabilitation and adjustment to visual loss.

Sessions covered a range of topics including childhood myopia, the European Diploma, optometric low vision rehabilitation and standardisation of optometric education.

Over 70 poster presentations were on display during the conference alongside trade exhibitors, including event sponsor Essilor.

See the abstracts for all sessions and posters here.

Following delegate voting and panel discussion, prizes were handed out to three of the conference’s presenters:

Best poster presentation: Professor Hetal Patel, Plymouth University, UK
Best oral presentation: Dr Julie-Anne Little, University of Ulster, UK
Best new researcher: Fabrice Gogniat and Daniela Steinegger, Switzerland
Winners were chosen by a combination of delegate votes and panel decisions, with prizes sponsored by the College of Optometrists, UK.

During the conference certificates were presented to the Academy’s new Fellows in recognition of their commitment to the profession. Fellowships were awarded to:

Rakesh Kapoor (UK)
Dr Paul Murphy (UK)
Dr Shehzad Naroo (UK)
David Parkins (UK)
Christian Stebler (Switzerland)
In keeping with the Academy’s aim of building professional networks internationally, the conference’s welcome reception was jointly hosted with the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and the members’ annual gala dinner with the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI). Members of both organisations joined delegates for the three-day conference and took part in many of the sessions.

Róisín Shortall TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health, Ireland, addressed delegates at the conference, and said: “We are all aware of the importance of good eye health and of the contribution which you as optical health professionals make to ensuring healthy vision. Your work in improving vision and eye health is vital. I wish to thank you for your hard work and dedication in your contributing to the quality of lives of so many people in Europe.”

Professor Roger Crelier, President of the Academy, said: “I am very pleased with the programme we put together for this conference, the calibre of presenters and range of topics that were discussed over the weekend.

“This event provided a forum where people working in optometry and optics across Europe could come together to share research, information and best practice, and learn from each other’s experiences in their own countries.

“The Academy has already established an important network that crosses national boundaries. With delegates from 29 countries in attendance, our conference has developed this network further, and has provided a vital role for the future advancement of the profession across Europe.

“Following the success of Dublin 2012, we are already planning next year’s event. I look forward to seeing you there!”

The Academy’s next conference will take place in Malaga from 19-21 April 2013.

Dublin Presentations

Presentations

Lisa O’Donoghue
Astigmatism in childhood – the NICER study

Richard Corkin
Keraflex and CXL for the treatment of keratoconus

Philip fine
Scleral contact lenses improve visual acuity and contact lens tolerance of keratoconus patients

Aoife Lloyd
The impact of modern soft contact lens wear on corneal curvature and thickness and on the outcomes of refractive LASER surgery

Roger Anderson
The perception of depth by simultaneous sectional suppression and retinal dominance

Presentations

Following delegate voting and panel discussion, prizes were handed out to three of the conference’s presenters:

Best poster presentation
Professor Hetal Patel, Plymouth University, UK

In vivo measurement of scleral thickness in humans using anterior segment optical coherent tomography

Best oral presentation
Dr Julie-Anne Little, University of Ulster, UK

The relation between optical factors on accommodative responses in children with Down Syndrome

Best new researcher
Fabrice Gogniat, Switzerland

Dynamic Contour Tonometry (DCT) over daily disposable hydrogel and silicone-hydrogel contact lenses with different dioptric powers and material characteristics

Winners were chosen by a combination of delegate votes and panel decisions, with prizes sponsored by the College of Optometrists, UK.

Dublin photo gallery

See our full Dublin 2012 photo album on our Facebook page. You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to view the photos, but if you ‘like’ our page, you can tag photos of yourself and your colleagues!

Dublin Presentations

Member reports

Review by Montserrat Tàpias – SPANISH
Review by Montserrat Tàpias – ENGLISH
Review by Nilpa Shah – ENGLISH

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Member reports

Optometria – POLISH
La Revue d’Optométrie – FRENCH

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