AOA members asked to help advance optometry worldwide

June 11, 2012

AOA members are invited to register for the World Council of Optometry’s next conference and share their knowledge to help optometrists from around the world improve the scope of practice in their countries.

Optometrists from more than 20 countries have already registered, with delegates from Australia, Ghana, Japan, Spain and many places in between ready to come together to learn, share and network and make this a truly international event.

The conference – called Advancing Optometry Worldwide – will take place in Chicago in the days leading up to Optometry’s Meeting® from June 24-26 at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel.

Despite its international appeal, this conference is sure to be of interest on a national level to American optometrists. On the program is Lee Ball, O.D., associate director, Professional Affairs, Vistakon, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., who will present on managing diabetes to ensure big rewards for your patients.

“Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate, and increases in diabetes prevalence are not just an American phenomena, it’s a worldwide phenomenon,” said Dr. Ball. “If trends continue as they have over the past 10 years, the countries with the greatest number of people with diabetes will be India, China, the USA, Pakistan, Indonesia and Mexico. Optometrists play an important role in diabetes prevention, in addition to safeguarding vision. Thanks to meetings like the WCO, we have an opportunity to come together and share best practices on ways to reduce the complications and co-morbidities associated with this disease.”

Delegates will also hear from speakers such as 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; and Clive Miller, chief executive officer of Optometry Giving Sight.

Advancing Optometry Worldwide is a fantastic chance to share experiences and learn from professionals from around the world, many of whom will be working in an environment different from yours with its own unique challenges, successes and opportunities.

Register at www.worldoptometry.org/registration. Become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/WorldCouncilOpt, download the program and get up-to-date news and announcements on Advancing Optometry Worldwide as they happen.

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