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Queensland Vision To Become The Australian Vision Convention

The annual optometry conference, Queensland Vision (QV), is set for a major shake up with a change of name and focus.

The decision was announced at this year’s conference that from 2011, the annual expo will be known as the ‘Australian Vision Convention’ and will focus on a wider and more eclectic audience.

The name change has come about because organisers decided that with the move to national registration from July this year and with more delegates coming from outside of Queensland and abroad, that it was more relevant to have a name that represented the changing face of Australian optometry and the wider interest in the event.

The 2010 congress attracted 625 delegates from all over Australia…and the fact that it is held at the family holiday mecca of the Gold Coast in the middle of the school holidays makes this congress a perfect opportunity for optometrists to combine their CPD point accrual with a family getaway.

This year, the exhibitor trade show featured more than 60 exhibitors displaying the latest instruments, equipment, frames and lenses… Queensland Vision is well known for its sociability, with all attendees and exhibitors in high spirits (not surprising considering the perfect Queensland sunshine and relaxed, friendly atmosphere).

There were also perks including freebies from the trade stands, daily breakfast CPD sessions sponsored by Allergan, Alcon and Novartis, the Essilor Cocktail Party and the very generous contribution from CIBA Vision who invited all the delegates and their families out for the night to the ‘Australian Outback Spectacular’.

Aside from the fun of the congress, guests got down to business at the education series, with all lectures attracting a large and inquisitive audience.

QV2010 was officially opened by Ms. Betty Churcher AO who was the first female director of the National Gallery of Australia. She lost the vision in one eye to cancer and had threatened vision in the other by Macular Degeneration (MD).

“It is so important for you to encourage people to get regular eye checks,” Ms. Churcher told the audience of optometrists, “because the problem is that when your eyesight is perfect, as mine was, it is very hard to realise you still need regular eye checks.”

The first lecture of QV2010 carried the prestigious title, the ‘Noel Verney Memorial Lecture’, and was delivered by Professor Nathan Efron. He discussed “Diabetes and the Eye (which he changed from ‘Cornea’, as there is more to assessing diabetes than the cornea): A new way of detecting peripheral neuropathy”. Prof. Efron’s discovery was that through corneal confocal microscopy, it is now possible to measure diabetic neuropathy in a less invasive manner.

One of the most popular lectures of the weekend was held by world-renowned researcher Prof. Hugh Taylor who spoke on the topic of ‘Making trachoma history: How optometrists can help’. He explained to the audience the importance of realising that trachoma is still prevalent in the northern part of the continent and that they play a vital role in striving to eradicate it.

Prof. Lyndon Jones, professor at the School of Optometry and Associate Director of the Centre for Contact Lens Research at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada was also an important speaker at QV2010. He delivered five lectures over the three days of the convention as well as leading a small group elective.