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Envision 2010 preview

There seem to be a large number of low vision conferences coming up in the next few months, including Vision 2011 in Kuala Lumpur next February (the largest low vision conference in the world, held every three years). However, I’m still looking forward to Envision this week.

Regular readers of the blog will know I enjoyed Envision last year (see my report here). For me as a someone who divides my time between clinical and scientific work it’s a nice mix of these two disciplines. Whilst the scientific sessions aren’t as likely to present breaking research news on gene therapy trials as a conference like ARVO, the scientific programme has certainly improved in the last few years and is now fairly strong.

I am particularly looking forward to the scientific session on Filling-In (I am speaking in this session, but am looking forward to hearing the other speakers – I’m not being egocentric!). Other scientific sessions which catch my eye are the session on Cortical Reorganisation in Macular Disease chaired by Gordon Legge; and the session on Retinitis Pigmentosa chaired by Olga Overbury, which discusses sleep disorders and emotional aspects of RP.

The clinical sessions which stand out for me include a session on Vision Rehabilitation in Glaucoma led by Mary-Lou Jackson, as I think glaucoma is an often overlooked disease in low vision clinics. The “Clinical dilemmas in visual impairment” event on Friday morning also sounds very interesting.

I’m looking forward to finally seeing the “Going Blind” movie as well.

Envision is a very ‘connected’ meeting – you can follow it on Twitter @envisionconf and you can of course read my report here next week. I hope to see some of you in San Antonio!

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