For low vision specialists and those who consult them
Looking forward to AAOpt09…
November 6, 2009Posted by on
Next week I’ll be at the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting in Orlando. (I hate the fact that people always think going to conferences in Florida must be an excuse for a vacation when Florida would be amongst my last choices for a holiday destination).
There is a full low vision programme through the conference – indeed on Wednesday I think I’ll be in the meeting from 7AM (for an Eschenbach breakfast meeting) until 10PM (after the night time special symposium on nyctalopia).
I’m particularly looking forward to the nyctalopia symposium by Drs Musick, Flom and Lam. Nyctalopia is night blindness – which is experienced by people with retinitis pigmentosa, congenital stationary night blindness and other, rarer, conditions. It’s an infuriating problem for the clinician as there are few practical solutions — some people advocate using IR night vision systems, but my understanding is that they are not completely helpful as users are still largely dark adapted even when using these.
I’m also looking forward to hearing about Eli Peli’s latest work with peripheral prisms for hemianopia, William Park’s presentation on contact lenses in vision rehabilitation, and on catching up with colleagues from around the world.
Full reports will follow here — and I’ll be twittering from there as well.