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Program, speakers announced for international conference

April 11, 2012

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) published its program for Advancing Optometry Worldwide, its next conference, to be held in Chicago.

The conference, taking place at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, June 24-26, 2012, will bring together eye care professionals, optometrists, academics and students from around the world.

The program features speakers from around the globe, including:

  • Professor Kovin Naidoo, African chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Global Programmes director of the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE)
  • Pete Kehoe, O.D., past president of the AOA
  • Professor Thomas Freddo, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Clive Miller, chief executive officer of Optometry Giving Sight
  • Prema Chande, Lotus College of Optometry, India

“I would encourage eye care professionals who are looking to extend the scope of practice in their country to come along to Advancing Optometry Worldwide,” said Tone Garaas-Maurdalen, WCO president. “This conference will be a chance to share experiences and learn from other professionals who may work in an environment very different from yours, with different challenges, successes and opportunities.”

The program also includes:

  • Workshops at the Illinois College of Optometry on fundus lenses, gonioscopy and binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Breakout sessions on web-based instruction and optometric volunteering
  • Lectures on managing diabetes and the eye in neurological disease.

“This event will feature an exciting program of lectures from world-class speakers and sessions for delegates to question leaders in optometry from around the world,” said Susan Cooper, O.D., WCO president-elect. “Networking and sharing our own experiences will ensure we all play a role in advancing optometry worldwide.”

Log on to www.worldoptometry.org or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldCouncilOpt to download the program and receive up-to-date news and announcements on Advancing Optometry Worldwide as they happen.

Bookings are open now.

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