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Optometry and PRK 2018
Conference Series LLC Ltd is glad to announce 18th International Conference on Optometry & PRK, September 24-25, 2018 at "Dallas, USA". The conference is CME Accredited. Optometry & PRK 2018 will be organized around the theme “Ophthalmologist’s Outlook: Breaking the Barriers in Eye Research Through Clinical and Academic Advancements”.
Optometry 2018 conference is all about providing a resourceful and knowledgeable ground for the associates in the field of Ocular Science & Ocular Therapy. As the theme of the conference relates it serves as a global platform to converse concerning the current developments, recent advances, new approaches and future approaches in the field of Ocular science & Ocular therapy. Attempts are to provide a perfect stage to share knowledge and experiences and encourage people to carry out effective researches and works to combat against the global threat, Ocular Problems. It is all about Inspiring and get Inspired!! We have research expertise from different parts of the world coming to share their latest research works in the field of Optometry, Ophthalmology and Vision science. And to inspire the young minds we are glad to present a special category - The Young Researcher Forum (YRF).
Global Meeting on Optometry 2018 conference will be organized by Conference Series LLC Ltd which is comprised of 3000+ Global Events with over 600+ Conferences, 1200+ Symposiums and 1200+Workshops on diverse fields of Medical, Pharmaceutical, Clinical, Engineering, Science, Technology and Business. Ocular Science & Ocular Therapy deals with study of basic researches in the field of vision Science. It involves identifying causes and to develop strategies for diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure for this dreadful disease.
Track 1: Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology is the branch of medication that game plans with the life structures, physiology and diseases of the eyeball and circle. An ophthalmologist is a specialist in remedial and surgical eye issues. their capabilities consolidate a M.D. or, of course D.O. degree in pharmaceutical, trailed by an additional four years of residency. Additional planning may be searched for through collaboration in a particular strong point of eye pathology. Ophthalmologists are allowed to remedially treat eye sickness, realize laser treatment, and perform incisional surgery when supported. The instruct applies to each and every animal eye, paying little mind to whether human or not, since the preparation and systems are exceptionally tantamount with respect to contamination shapes, while differentiates in life structures or disorder regularity, regardless of whether unpretentious or impressive, may isolate the two.
Retinal Vascular Disease
Episclera and Lens
Dry Eye Disorders
Ocular and imaging Techniques
Track 2: Optometry
Optometry is a health care profession which involves examining the eyes and applicable visual systems for defects or abnormalities as well as the medical diagnosis and management of eye disease. Traditionally, the field of optometry began with the primary focus of correcting refractive error through the use of spectacles. Modern day optometry, however, has evolved through time so that the education curriculum additionally includes intensive medical training in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease in countries where the profession is established and regulated. Optometrists (also known as Doctors of Optometry in the US and Canada for those holding the O.D. degree or Ophthalmic Opticians in the UK are medical professionals who provide primary eye care through comprehensive eye examinations to detect and treat various visual abnormalities and eye diseases. Being a regulated profession, an optometrist's scope of practice may differ depending on the location. Thus, disorders or diseases detected outside the treatment scope of optometry are referred out to relevant medical professionals for proper care, more commonly to ophthalmologists who are physicians that specialize in tertiary medical and surgical care of the eye. Optometrists typically work closely together with other eye care professionals such as ophthalmologists and opticians to deliver quality and efficient eye care to the general public.
Track 3: Vision Science
Vision Science is the scientific study of vision and it is a relatively recent term which is use to describe all studies that are related to how humans and animals process information visually. This type of science also had numerous sub-types such as ophthalmology, neuroscience, computer vision, perception psychology and more.
Effect of Nutrition on Vision
Binocular Vision & Vision therapy
Contact Lens and Eye Implants
Track 4: Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a confused ailment in which harm to the optic nerve prompts dynamic, irreversible vision misfortune. Glaucoma is the second driving reason for visual impairment. Glaucoma is an illness of the eye in which liquid weight inside the eye rises - if left untreated the patient may lose vision, and even end up plainly visually impaired. The sickness for the most part influences the two eyes, albeit one may have more serious signs and indications than the other. There is a little space in the front of the eye called the "foremost chamber". A clear fluid stream all through the foremost chamber, this liquid sustains and washes adjacent tissues. In the event that a patient has glaucoma, the liquid does not deplete legitimately - it empties too gradually - from the eye. This prompts liquid develop, and weight inside the eye rises. Unless this weight is cut down and controlled, the optic nerve and different parts of the eye may end up plainly harmed, prompting loss of vision. There are two principle sorts of glaucoma, open edge and shut point (edge conclusion) glaucoma. The liquid in the eye courses through a range between the iris and cornea, where it escapes by means of the trabecular meshwork - "edge" alludes to this zone. The trabecular meshwork is made of sponky tissue lined by trabeculocytes. Liquid channels into s set of tubes, known as Schlemm's trench, from which they stream into the blood framework.
Primary and Secondary Glaucoma
Open angle glaucoma
Closed angle glaucoma
Diagnosis and Treatment
Retinopathy at prematurity
Abnormal vision development
Track 5: Retina and Retina Disorders
The purpose of the Retina in human eyes is to receive light that the lens has focused, convert the light into neural signals, and send these signals to the brain for visual detection. Retinal disorders such as Macular degeneration ,Diabetic retinopathy ,Retinal vein occlusion, Retinal detachment and many more can treated through Laser therapy, Cry therapy, Photodynamic therapy, Vasectomy, Scleral Buckle etc. . With modern therapy, over 90 percent of those with a retinal detachment can be successfully treated, although sometimes a second treatment is needed.
Many eye ailments have no early side effects. They might be easy, and you may see no adjustment in your vision until the malady has turned out to be very best in class. The absolute most ideal approach to secure your vision is through standard expert eye examinations. Obviously, between examinations, in the event that you see an adjustment in your vision – or you think your eye might be harmed in any capacity – contact your eye mind proficient quickly and eye infections have no early symptoms. They may be easy, and you may see no alteration in your vision until the contamination has ended up being absolute best in class. Without a doubt the best way to deal with secure your vision is through standard master eye examinations. Clearly, between examinations, if you see an alteration in your vision – or you think your eye may be hurt in any way – contact your eye mind capable instantly.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Clinical Research on Retina
Diabetic Macular Edema
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Acquired Retinal Issue
Cornea and Ocular Surface Diseases
Retina Vein Impediment
Track 6: Photo Refractive Keratectomy
Photo Refractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy (or laser epithelial keratomileusis, LASEK) are laser eye surgery procedures intended to correct a person's vision, reducing dependency on glasses or contact lenses. LASEK and PRK permanently change the shape of the anterior central cornea using an excimer laser to ablate (remove by vaporization) a small amount of tissue from the corneal stroma at the front of the eye, just under the corneal epithelium. The outer layer of the cornea is removed prior to the ablation.
Track 7: Eye Surgery
Glasses and contacts lenses have become a nuisance as the success of LASIK surgery. LASIK surgery is quite popular among the all surgery. It alters the outer layer of the eye, specifically the cornea. Among the refractive surgery different types surgery are there, Interlace LASIK, PRK, Implantable Contact Lenses, Caruso Cachet Lens, Refractive Lens Exchange, and Astigmatic Keratotomy. The benefits realized by patients usually involve lifestyle changes, free from glasses. The risk factors can be major to minor. An ophthalmologist should examine the patients before the surgery, if he/she is ideal candidate for surgery or not.
Laser Eye Surgery
Eye Muscle Surgery
Vitro retinal Surgery
Track 8: Dry Eye
Also termed as ‘keratoconjunctivitis sicca’.The Dry Eye Sydrome mainly caused due to deficiency of aqueous humor . Actually it’s a multifarious disease of the tear film and ocular surface that results in symptoms of visual discomfort, and tears film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. Artificial Tear Solutions which containing mainly hydroxyl propyl methylcellulose(HPMC), carboxyl methylcellulose(CMC), polyvinyl alcohol, Carbopol, Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone(PVP), polyethylene glycol(PEG), dextran, hyaluronic acid, are used in this cases.
Steroid Eye Drops
Intense Pulsed Light
Track 9: Cataract and Cataract Surgery
Waterfalls are an exceptionally normal eye condition. As you get more established the focal point inside your eye bit by bit changes and turns out to be less straightforward (clear). A focal point that has turned dim, or shady, is said to have a waterfall. After some time a waterfall can deteriorate, progressively making your vision mistier. A direct operation can as a rule expel your cloudy focal point and supplant it with a counterfeit focal point to empower you to see all the more unmistakably once more. This guide is about waterfalls in grown-ups. A few youngsters create waterfalls, called inherent waterfalls, before or soon after birth however these are generally managed contrastingly to waterfalls in grown-ups.
Medications such as steroids
Eye surgery for other eye conditions
Other eye conditions
Laser Cataract Surgery
Extra Capsular Cataract Surgery
Intra Capsular Cataract Surgery
Track 10: Colour blindness and Night blindness
Colour blindness is not a type of blindness by any means, but rather an inadequacy in the way you see shading. With this vision issue, you experience issues recognizing certain hues, for example, blue and yellow or red and green. Visual impairment (or, all the more precisely, shading vision lack) is an acquired condition that influences guys more habitually than females. As indicated by Prevent Blindness America, an expected 8 percent of guys and under 1 percent of females have shading vision issues. Red-green shading lack is the most well-known type of visual impairment. Considerably more once in a while, a man may acquire a quality that decreases the capacity to see blue and yellow shades. This blue-yellow shading inadequacy as a rule influences men and ladies similarly.
Night blindness is additionally called "nyctalopia". It's a kind of vision impairment. Individuals with night blindness encounter poor vision at night or in faintly lit situations. Despite the fact that the expression "night blindness" suggests that you can't see at night, this isn't the situation. You may simply have more trouble seeing or driving in dimness. A few sorts of night blindness are treatable, and different sorts aren't. See your specialist to decide the basic reason for your vision impairment. When you know the reason for the issue, you can find a way to amend your vision.
Track 11: Surgical Systems
Inventions in ophthalmology have expanded greatly in recent times, and the next major advancement in ophthalmology will be the integration of robotic surgery. Robotic systems have been applied in the ophthalmic surgical environment for more than several years. Since then, robotic surgical systems have proliferated in several manners in other surgeries. Cataract Surgery is the most common surgery procedure present in the ophthalmology field. Most modern cataract surgery is performed using a variation of the extracapsular technique, which involves removal of the crystalline lens through an opening made in the anterior lens capsule (known as a capsulectomy).
Micro Incision Cataract Surgery
Posterior Vitrectomy & Phaco Emulsification System
Laser Ophthalmic Surgical Systems
Phacoemulsification Ophthalmic Surgical Systems
Photo Refractive Keratectomy Systems
Track 12: Refractive Errors
Refractive error means that the shape of the eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in a blurred image. The main types of refractive errors are myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), presbyopia (loss of near vision with age) and astigmatism. Refractive disorders are commonly treated using corrective lenses such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. Refractive surgery (such as LASIK) can also be used to correct some refractive disorders. Presbyopia, in the absence of any other refractive error, can sometimes be treated with over-the-counter reading glasses. There is no way to slow down or reverse presbyopia. A refractive error can be diagnosed by an eye care professional during a routine eye examination.Testing usually consists of asking the patient to read a vision chart while testing an assortment of lenses to maximize a patient’s vision. Special imaging or other testing is rarely necessary.
Track 13: Eye Care and Advancements in Eye Care
Current technologies are revolutionize the quality of life for those with low or impaired vision there are some upcoming technologies that will greatly impact the lives of people dealing with impaired vision. (a)Telescopic Eye Implant (b)The Bionic Eye (c)Bionic Contact Lens (d)LASIK (e )Wavefront analysis (f)Argon or Diode laser (g)Femtosecond laser iStent (h)Ex-PRESS shunt (i)Selective laser trabeculoplasty
Telescopic Eye Implants
The Bionic Eye
Bionic Contact Eye
Track 14: Lens Technology
Contact lenses are considered as an advanced medical devices, worn to correct vision or for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons, compared with spectacles, contact lenses enable more ease of wear during sports and leisure activities by providing a wider field of view, less chance of dislodgement, less susceptibility to fogging, slipping off the face due to sweating, and dirt. Contact lenses also allow sunglasses and protective eyewear to be worn on top without any hassle. Contact lenses typically provide better peripheral vision, and do not collect moisture. Eventually, Glaucoma patients could potentially insert drug-dispensing contact lenses rather than taking the eye drops repeatedly.
Smart Contact Lens
Nano Wafer Contact Lenses
Glucose Monitoring Contact Lenses
Telescopic Contact Lenses
Track 15: Novel Advances in Vision Improvement
Gene Therapy in the field of Eye disease treatment is a biggest achievement. In gene therapy, the target is the retina, being a particularly perfect organ for therapeutic interventions. Also as a small tissue, highly compartmentalized, immune-privileged and easily accessible.
As there is no cure for the permanent vision loss caused by the several Retinal diseases. One of the novel therapeutic strategies aims at the development of stem cells based neuroprotective and regenerative medicine. Embryo, bone marrow, the region of neuronal genesis and the eye are the main sources of Stem Cells for the treatment of Retinal diseases.
Stem cells Transplantation
Encapsulated Cell Technology
Track 16: Eye Disorders and Their Cure
Diseases of the eye are very common. Common eye diseases that include cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. These eye diseases have the potential to seriously impair someone’s vision and/or interfere with the activities of daily living, and patients who have cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma may need help in ambulating, dressing, eating and with other personal care activities. Typical allergens affecting the eyes include pollen and mold spores, animal dander and dust mites.
FMRI and Visual Dysfunction
X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa Gene Therapy
Achromatopsia and its cure
Drugs for retinal diseases
Track 17: Ocular Oncology
Ocular oncology is the branch of ophthalmology that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of tumors on the surface of the eye and inside of the eye which is also known as ocular tumors. The Ocular Oncology provides advanced care and treatments for children and adults who have been referred for management of ocular tumors in and around the eye.
Ocular Oncology is a study area involving retinoblastoma which is one of the commonest eye tumors. The various treatment modalities coming under ocular oncology are chemotherapy, laser photocoagulation, brachytherapy, Tran’s pupillary thermo therapy etc. Ocular oncology is one of the main branches of ophthalmic research and it includes various methods of eye cancer management.
Track 18: Lacrimal Surgery
Lacrimal Surgery is a sub-specialty of ophthalmology which mainly focuses on diseases of the eyelids and abnormalities of tear-drainage system. Tears are essential to lubricate and protect the health of the eye. DCR and Endo-DCR (tear duct bypass surgery) is a surgery performed to repair a blocked or obstructed tear duct. The tear duct is a passageway from the eye to the nose that facilitates the drainage of tears.
C-DCR Conjunctivo-Dacryocystorhinostomy (tear duct bypass with implant).
Punctal Stenosis and Stent
Track 19: Canaloplasty
It is actually done for open angle Glaucoma patients. Under canaloplasty, a micro catheter or tube placed in the Canal of Schlemm to enlarge the drainage canal, which relieves the excess pressure inside the eye caused by Glaucoma. It is very much useful especially for those patients having high risk for infection or bleeding. Canaloplasty can eliminate the need for eye drops among glaucoma patients. Canaloplasty has an impressive safety profile with minimal ppst operative follow up and faster recovery.
Intra Ocular Pressure
Track 20: Neuro-Optometry
Each year, more than 1 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries. Following a brain injury, there is often an interruption in communication between the eyes and the brain. Neuro-optometry is a specialty field of vision care that combines neurology and optometry to assess how the brain processes information sent from the eyes. When communication between your brain and eyes is disrupted due to injury or disease, vision problems usually occur. A patient who may have experienced brain injury, stroke, balance and mobility issues, loss of one eye, double vision, light sensitivity, post trauma vision syndrome, or visual midline shift syndrome should be referred to a neuro-optometrist for further evaluation. Following an injury or insult to the brain, there is often an interruption to the neurological system which innervate the extraocular muscles controlling eye movements as well as the system that regulates focusing (clear versus blurry vision). Neuro-optometrists have long recognized symptoms and visual problems associated with trauma that affect the functional visual system and have identified a syndrome, Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS).
Track 21: Pediatric Ophthalmology
Pediatric ophthalmologists concentrate on the advancement of the visual framework and the different illnesses that disturb visual improvement in youngsters. Pediatric ophthalmologists likewise have ability in dealing with the different visual infections that influence kids. Pediatric ophthalmologists are met all requirements to perform complex eye surgery and additionally to deal with kids' eye issues utilizing glasses and meds. Numerous ophthalmologists and different doctors allude pediatric patients to a pediatric ophthalmologist for examination and administration of visual issues because of youngsters' novel needs. Notwithstanding youngsters with clear vision issues, kids with head turns, head tilts, squinting of the eyes or favored head stances (torticollis) are ordinarily alluded to a pediatric ophthalmologist for assessment. Pediatric ophthalmologists ordinarily likewise oversee grown-ups with eye development issue for example nystagmus or strabismus because of their commonality with strabismus conditions.
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Modern Treatment of Amblyopia
Screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity
Controversies in the Management of Infantile Cataract
Pediatric Ocular Oncology
Optometry and Vision Science manages the present improvements in optometry, visual optics, and eye and vision science. Counterfeit Vision and Biology of Shading manages the most recent improvements in retinal embeds; a sort that invigorates the retina with anodes additionally called a simulated retina. Basic research in Vision Science focuses on such disciplines as bioengineering, psychophysics, neurophysiology, visual neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, cell membrane biochemistry, biostatistics, robotics, contact lenses, spatial navigation, ocular infections, refractive development, corneal surface mapping, infant vision, computational vision, and 3D computer modeling. Optometry is a profession that practices on the eyes and related structures, and also vision, visual frameworks, and vision data preparing in people. Optometrists (otherwise called Doctors of Optometry or Ophthalmic Opticians relying upon the nation) are prepared to endorse and fit focal points to enhance vision, and in a few nations are prepared to analyse and treat different eye maladies. For example, how human and non-human life forms process visual data, how cognizant visual discernment works in people, how to misuse visual observation for powerful correspondence, and how manufactured frameworks can do likewise assignments. Vision science covers with optometry. Today, there are an expected 180 million people all around who are outwardly hindered (under 20/60 in the better eye). Roughly 135 million have low vision (between 20/70 and 20/400). The rest of the 45 million are visually impaired (redressed visual sharpness of under 20/400 in the better eye) with 60 percent of these people living in India, China and sub-Saharan Africa. As per the World Health Organization (WHO), in spite of current intercessions, visual deficiency on the planet is expanding by 1 to 2 million cases for each year – the outcome is a "multiplying of world visual impairment by the year 2020 unless more forceful mediation is attempted."
Scope and Importance:
Optometry and Vision science is a broad and vibrant field that consists of multiple disciplines of basic, clinic and applied research. It covers array of research fields in optometry, biology, physics, physiology, psychology, engineering, healthcare, ophthalmology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, etc. The need for new knowledge and up-to-date skills in the vision science is great, and opportunities of teaching and research in academic, clinic, and industrial settings are blooming.
Optometrists, Opticians, Ophthalmologists, researchers, students, industrial delegates from academia and research along with the industrial professionals from biomedical companies and healthcare sectors
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Major Optometry Associations in USA:
Arkansas Optometric Association (AOA)
American Physical Society (APS)
National Optometric Association (NOA)
American Optometric Association (AOA)
Hawaii Optometric Association (HOA)
NEW HAMPSHIRE Lake OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION
NYSOA :: Welcome to the New York State Optometric Association
MOA: Michigan Optometric Association
Maryland Optometric Association
Michigan Optometric Association
Arizona Optometric Association (AZOA)
Wisconsin Optometric Association
Pennsylvania Optometric Association
Ohio Optometric Association
Illinois Optometric Association
California Optometric Association
Florida Optometric Association
California Vision Foundation - California Optometric Association
North Dakota Optometric Association
Iowa Optometric Association
Kittery Optometric Associates
Alabama Optometric Association
Colorado Optometric Association
Hawaii Optometric Association
Hobson Eye Associates - Optometry In Kennesaw, GA USA
Wally Kojima, O.D. And Associates - Optometry In Kailua-Kona Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry North America
Great Valley Eye Associates - Optometry In Malvern, PA USA
Virginia Optometric Association
Utah Optometric Association
Northwest Optometric Associates
Indiana Optometric Association
Missouri Optometric Association
Georgia Optometric Association
The Canadian Association of Optometrists
Eastern Virginia Eye Associates - Optometry In Chesapeake, VA USA
VOSH International – Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity
MONTANA OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION,Helena,USA
PEE DEE EYE ASSOCIATES - Optometry In Hartsville, SC USA
Owens Optometrics - Optometry In New Holland, PA USA
Major Optometry Associations around the Globe:
The World Council of Optometry (WCO)
Southern College of Optometry Foundation (SCOF)
The Association of Optometrists (AOP)
Optometrists Association Australia (OAA)
Indian Optometric Association (IOA)
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
European Optometry and Optics Organisations
Louisiana State Association of Optometrists
The American Academy of Optometry
Indian optometry federation
The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)
European Society of Optometrists
Optometric Association of the philippines (OAP)
International Commission for Optics
European glaucoma society
SAOA - South African Optometric Association
Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA)
Alaska Optometric Association
European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)
Jamaica Optometric Association.
Nigeria: National Optometric Association
Colorado Optometric Association
The New Brunswick Association of Optometrists
The American Orchid Society
Beta Sigma Kappa - International Optometric Honor Society
Pakistan Optometric Association
Japan Optometric Association – Nagoya
Ghana Optometric Association
Major Hospitals in USA
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Low Vision Clinic
Optometry Department | Boston Children's Hospital
Optometry - Mayo Clinic Health System
Carle - Carle Foundation Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute
Dr. Cindy Ho - Mount Pleasant Optometry Centre
Bristol Eye Hospital | University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Pediatric Ophthalmology (Eye Care) | Children's Hospital Colorado
Optometry Clinic: Aston: UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas
Moorfields Eye Hospital
Netzel Eye Clinic - Optometry In Bentonville, AR USA
Major Hospitals around the globe
Eye care in Ghana
Role of Optometrist in Eye Hospitals - Sankara Nethralaya
The Rotterdam Eye Hospital - Het Oogziekenhuis Rotterdam
Susrut Eye Hospital-Community Opthalmology
Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital
Pediatric Optometric Residency - Children's Mercy Kansas City
Nethradhama Super Specialty Hospital
Al Rayhan Eye Hospital Optometry College Kondotty Kerala Hospitals
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Akron Children's Hospital
Siliguri Greater Lions Eye Hospital, Siliguri, North Bengal
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
Gibson Area Hospital
Al Salama Eye Hospital
Growth of Optometrists
Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 8,100 new jobs over the 10-year period.
Because vision problems tend to occur more frequently later in life, an aging population will require more optometrists. As people age, they become more susceptible to conditions that impair vision, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
The number of people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, has grown in recent years. Diabetes has been linked to increased rates of several eye conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects the blood vessels in the eye and may lead to vision loss. More optometrists will be needed to monitor, treat, and refer individuals with these chronic conditions.
In addition, an increasing number of insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, provide some vision or eye care insurance coverage. Furthermore, the number of individuals, particularly children, who have vision or eye care insurance will increase as a result of federal health insurance reform legislation. More optometrists will be needed in order to provide services to more patients.
Statistical Analysis Of Visual Impairment
Visual impairment is a major issue worldwide and 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide out of which 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision. Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of moderate and severe visual impairment; cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle and low income countries; diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma are also leading causes of vision loss.
- Retinal Detachment
- Conjunctivitis and Allergies
- Diabetic Retinopathy
Market Analysis Report
The Optometrists industry has exhibited growth over the past five years. The elderly population's strong demand for cohesive eye exams has caused optometry services to expand, therefore including the monitoring of diabetes-related ocular complications, ocular infections, dry eye, glaucoma and ocular allergy treatments. While intensifying competition from optical retailers, such as online retailers, has cut into the industry's ancillary product sales (i.e. prescription eyewear), medical care services have still provided a boon to the industry. According to Vision Monday, optometrists perform 88.0 million refractive eye exams each year, which has maintained steady demand for industry services. Furthermore, about 65.0% of the world population requires vision correction products, thus spurring demand for comprehensive eye examinations; corrective eyewear and therapeutic eyecare services (i.e. vision therapy, visual rehabilitation, surgical consultations and preventive care). Differentiated patient relationships, service quality, earlier technology adoption, and clinical/product knowledge enable strong independent market share position.
VISION CORRECTION SURGERY INDUSTRY GROWTH
According to U.S. VISION CORRECTION SURGERY OVERVIEW-
‒ Potential refractive surgery market size of 10+ million individuals expected to grow 2.6% annually to $2.1 billion by 2018.Corrective eye surgery (i.e. LASIK) is removing 500K patients annually from the 150 million vision correction population. Surgery volume to increase as quality improves and price continues to decrease (19 million LASIK surgeries through 2012).Growing popularity of corrective eye surgery would lead to higher patient pre/post-operative care volume for optometrists. Optometrists currently seeking to expand scope of service to include vision correction surgery. Vision insurance plan reimbursements totaled 67% of OD revenue in 2011, with 80% of patients covered by a managed vision care plan. Accelerating demand for medical eye care services over 65 age group will grow 36.2% from 40.2 million in 2010 to 54.8 million in 2020.The vision care industry all together has boomed by around 35% for the past 10 years Ie. 2007-2017 and is comprised of a select set of national and regional chains and a large number of independent providers.
Major companies related to Optometry:
Vision Source L.P
Refac Optical Group
MyEyeDr/Capital Vision Services, LLC
Texas State Optical
Rx Optical Laboratories, Inc.
J.A.K. Enterprises, Inc
HW Holdings, LLC
Midwest Vision Centers, Inc
Thoma & Sutton Eye-Care Professionals, LLC
Fred Meyer National Vision
Sam’s Club Wal-Mart Stores
Past Conference Report
World Optometry 2017
In the presence of inter professional researchers and practitioners involved in the development of high quality education in all aspects of optometry skills, Conferenceseries LLC Conference on “World Congress and Expo on Optometry & Vision Science” (World Optometry 2017) was held during July 17-19, 2017 in Chicago, USA.
Conferenceseries LLC Ltd played host to a diverse panel of key members of the optometry community from research lab, industry, academia and financial investment practices, discussing the future of Optometry specialties. This event was really aimed for examining where the real optometric specialties are going in the future and purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for cross fertilization of ideas and development of ideas, in the field of Optometry, Ophthalmology & Vision Science.
The conference aimed a parallel rail with theme “Scientific eye for visual intelligence”. Focusing on Visual Neuroscience, Pediatric uveitis, Optometric vision therapy, Cognitive vision, Dry Eyes, Susac’s Syndrome, Cornea, Glaucoma, Refractive Errors, Neuro-Optometry, Clinical Optometry, Retinal Neurodegeneration, Advanced Vision Science, Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Common Eye Disorders and Their Diagnosis, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, Optical Instruments, Macular Degeneration, Optometrists Courses And Education, Optical Coherence Tomography as well, the three days of discussions enabled professionals to gain an insight into the current innovations and opened up networking opportunities.
World Optometry 2017 Organizing Committee would like to thank the Moderators of the conference, Dr Prince Raghuveer Singh Chouhan from L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), India for his greatest contributions which resulted in the smooth functioning of the conference.
The highlights of the meeting were the eponymous lectures, delivered by Rolando Toyos from Toyos Clinic, USA, Hugo Quiroz Mercado from University of Colorado, Mexico, Christine Allison, Illinois College of Optometry, USA and Jose Luis Monroy from La Salle University, Colombia. These talks were of great interest to the general optometrists & ophthalmologists and were enormously informative.
Conferenceseries LLC Ltd Conference on “World Congress and Expo on Optometry & Vision Science” (World Optometry 2017) was a great success with the support of international, multiprofessional steering committee and coordinated by the Journal of Optometry Open Access, Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology, International Journal of Ophthalmic Pathology and Biological Systems: Open Access. We are happy to announce our 18th World Congress on Optometry and Vision Science, which will be held during September 26-27, 2018, Montreal, Canada.
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