Research to keep an eye on

Research to keep an eye on

In a world where new research is constantly uncovered, it can be hard for busy doctors of optometry to keep up. But AOA members have an advantage.

At the 2015 Optometry's Meeting®, doctors were able to participate in a new interactive continuing education course called "Current Research You Should Incorporate into Your Mode of Practice Now." The two-hour course featured the top five poster presenters from the popular Clinical and Scientific Poster Session event, as selected by the AOA Abstract Review Committee.

The posters represented "the latest in clinically relevant research that you will put to immediate use within your office," says Dominick Maino, O.D., Poster Committee chair and course moderator.

In the October 2015 edition of AOA Focus, the poster presenters were asked to forecast areas of research ripe for breakthroughs within the next few years. Here are a few areas each doctor predicted as trends to watch.

  • Children's vision. Particularly, the effect of increased screen time and "near work" on children's eyesight, including nearsightedness.
  • Improved contact lenses. Innovations in more comfortable and more wearable lenses, plus lenses as delivery mechanisms, for instance.
  • Dry eye. A better understanding of causes and how to manage the condition.
  • Nutraceuticals. How vitamins, supplements and the food we eat can influence our eye health.
  • Epigenetics. More information on how external factors such as the environment can change our DNA, and what we can do about it.

Click here to read more about the research highlighted by the top 5 presenters, and click here to access a recording of the course, "Current Research You Should Incorporate into Your Mode of Practice Now" (member login required).

Submit clinical and scientific posters
A popular event for sharing unique casework and research among colleagues, this year's Poster Session continues a beneficial opportunity to share your work in a forum discussion. Submit a poster and the top 5 selections will receive several honors and opportunities; click here to learn more.

Poster abstracts must be submitted electronically and must be received by Feb. 5. A full list of poster selection criteria and requirements can be found here, as well as the electronic submission form.

For more information, contact Stacy Harris, AOA meetings education manager, at 314.983.4254, or at

And save the date for Optometry's Meeting, June 29-July 3 in Boston, Massachusetts. A poster preview session will be held Friday, July 1, and the interactive session offering CE credit will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 2. Follow for updates on registration and housing.

January 15, 2016

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