Continuing its long-standing commitment to global optometry, faculty from the New England College of Optometry, NECO, recently participated in the second World Congress of Optometry in Hyderbad, India. Hosted by the World Council of Optometry (WCO) in September 2017, the Congress welcomed optometrists, vision scientists, ophthalmologists, educators, health care providers, public health vision providers from around the world to engage in conversation and share response strategies for issues of vision impairment within the global optometric community.
Approximately 1,400 delegates from 40 countries attended the Congress, whose theme this year was Accessible, Quality Vision and Eye Health. The congress included lectures and workshops focused on universal issues such as binocular vision, contact lenses, glaucoma, low vision, and ocular diseases and how these are handled across the globe. The Congress also held plenary sessions on diabetes and school eye health, and a symposium on myopia.
Representing the College at the Conference were Associate Professor Bina Patel, Assistant Professor Meng Meng Xu, and Adjunct Professor Catherine Stern, who each presented lectures and workshops in their area of expertise.
In addition to serving as one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Patel chaired the WCO scientific committee and was instrumental in putting together the World Congress of Optometry program. Dr. Patel also attended the WCO Presidential Forum and was part of the International Agency of Prevention and Blindness meeting as a member of WCO's diabetic retinopathy working group. Some of her efforts included working on the Global Diabetic Retinopathy advocacy initiative and Economic Impact of Diabetic Retinopathy study.
NECO’s support of the World Congress of Optometry also included faculty participating locally in a review of over 700 submissions for lectures, workshops and posters prior to the conference. Experts in the field review abstracts before being selected for the Congress program. At the College, professors Drs. Aurora Denial, Richard Jamara, Alexis Malkin, and Diane Russo assisted in the process, reviewing abstracts on contact lenses, binocular vision, refractive error, environmental vision, vision science, education, ocular disease, optics and other topics within the field.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry, NECO, is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. For over 120 years, the New England College of Optometry has been educating optometrists and leaders in the field. Originally founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. NECO is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
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