Vision Organizations Convene at 32nd Annual Total Ophthalmic Community Meeting
Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2007) – Leading ophthalmic organizations came together last month to discuss common goals and challenges facing the vision industry at the 32nd annual Total Ophthalmic Community meeting. Held November 30-December 1, 2006, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C, the meeting provided a unique forum to find ways to improve Americans’ vision health.
The meeting featured speakers with expertise on the political climate and its effect on healthcare, as well as vision health promotion. Amy Walter, Cook Political Report senior editor, presented “The Effect of a ‘Lame Duck President’ on the Future of Healthcare,” and Michael Duenas, O.D., Center for Disease Control and Prevention Vision Health Initiative health scientist/project officer, presented “Supporting the National Vision Program.”
A new interactive format was also introduced this year, which, in addition to participant presentations, included allowing ample time for open discussions. Attendees were able to discuss a variety of topics such as driving safety, contact lenses safety, continuing education, funding, partnership opportunities and public outreach.
The meeting was widely praised by attendees, many of whom valued the open discussions. “The new format was much more interactive and I believe participants were able to obtain answers to some of their concerns immediately,” said Grady Culbreth, president of the National Academy of Opticianry.
Further support came from Dr. Cynthia Stuen, Lighthouse International senior vice president, policy and professional affairs: “It was a wonderful opportunity to hear from other agencies, determine our areas of mutual interest and find policy positions for mutual collaboration and support.”
Meeting attendees represented the following organizations: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Foundation for the Blind, American Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, Contact Lens Institute, Lighthouse International, National Academy of Opticianry, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, Optical Laboratories Association, Opticians Association of America, Optometric Extension Program Foundation, Prevent Blindness America, SECO International and Vision Council of America.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Campbell, VCA manager of professional and consumer relations, at 703-548-4560 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.