Optometry Australia’s second virtual conference, Optometry Virtually Connected & Product Showcase, attracted more than 2,400 delegates and exhibitors including 300 delegates from New Zealand, Fiji, Canada, the USA and 12 Asian countries including Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines and India.
The June OVC program included 22 guest speakers and a further 10 educators who presented at the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry’s Educator’s Forum which ran in conjunction with OVC.
Professor Sohail Inayatullah, one of the world’s leading future studies researchers, delivered the opening keynote address, providing fascinating insights into shifts in optometry and eye care that have occurred as a result of COVID, advancements in clinical and patient care including increase use of technology, and emerging conditions in optometry.
As well as a jam-packed program of quality education, and the chance to explore the latest product innovations, delegates heard the latest research in eye health advancements and interventions via a series of nine posters presented by Optometry Australia’s journal Clinical & Experimental Optometry. Posters were presented by optometry researchers from SEIG University, Malaysia Da-Yeh University, Taiwan and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as Canberra University, University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, Centre for Eye Health and Optometry Australia.
Optometry Australia welcomed the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) as joint participants in OVC 2021 with APCO holding its own educators’ forum and general delegates meeting during the conference. New Zealand Association of Optometrists (NZAO) and the Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand (ODOB) also supported the conference.