Malaga 2013


Over 300 optometric and optics professionals from more than 40 countries came together in Malaga, Spain, for our annual conference (19-21 April).

The conference 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 computerised screening in older people, sudden loss of vision in a young patient and controversies in contact lens care.

Highlights included a keynote lecture from Professor Brien Holden (Australia), who discussed how technology can help eye health professionals to meet the different eye care needs of different developing and developed countries. During the second keynote lecture, Dr Eef van der Worp (the Netherlands), spoke about the challenges of fitting large diameter contact lenses and the complications encountered by various clinical factors.

Over 100 poster presentations were also on display during the conference by presenters from around the world.

Building networks
In keeping with the Academy’s aim of building professional networks internationally, this conference was part of Malaga 2013, a unique optometric and optics gathering that also included the European Council of Optometry and Optics’ General Assembly, the World Council of Optometry General Delegates’ Meeting and the Spanish General Council of Optometry’s National Conference.

Programme and abstracts booklet

Take a look at the full programme and read the abstracts featured at Malaga 2013:

Malaga 2013: Programme and abstracts booklet

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WCO, through its charity the World Optometry Foundation, is a partner in Optometry Giving Sight.

Award winners

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

Best poster presentation
Sandra Block, Illinois College of Optometry/Special Olympics International, USA
Comparison of visual findings of athletes participating in the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes by regions in

Best oral presentation
Pádraig Mulholland, University of Ulster, UK
Temporal summation with perimetric stimuli as a function of visual ?eld eccentricity

Best new researcher
Sofia Mateus, Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal
Letter discrimination and reading performance under spherical and astigmatic blur, using ‘Roman’ alphabet

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

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