DIGNITARIES LIGHTING THE INAUGURAL LAMP
The Uttarakhand Optometrist Association (UOA) in collaboration with the Uttaranchal (P.G.) College of Bio-Medical Sciences and Hospital, Dehradun, hosted Uttara-Opto-Con 2022 at the latter’s campus on 6 November. The UOA’s first national optometry conference was held under the aegis of the Indian Optometry Federation (IOF), Optometry Council of India, Optometry Association Uttar Pradesh, and Ophthalmic Association, New Delhi.
About 300 delegates—professionals and students—gathered to hear more than 13 speakers from different universities. ‘Vision First’ was the theme of the conference that covered a range of subjects including career aspects and the roles of an optometrist in eye care refraction routine; binocular vision evaluation ocular biometry; importance of contact lenses and how Acuvue plays a vital role in it; ocular prosthesis: the new beginning; an overview of contact lens, types and options; computer vision syndrome; overview of vision therapy examination and management of low vision; artificial intelligence ophthalmology; setting up a low vision clinic ethics in optometry; current scenario of public eye health and community optometry; data analysis and machine learning – new doors in optometry.
The many specific topics discussed included the study of atropin (one per cent) in myopia progression among 6 to 14-year-old children, early presbyopia, tele-optometry, the awareness and knowledge of common eye diseases among paramedical and non-medical students, sports vision, the role of vision therapy in optometry, and eye donation.
Mr Dhan Singh Rawat, cabinet minister in the Uttarakhand state government was the chief guest. Dr Shambhu Kumar Jha, joint director DG Health, Uttarakhand, inaugurated the event. Dr Gaurav Luthra, medical director of Drishti Eye Institute Dehradun was the guest of honour, while Mr Harjeet Singh from the Optometry Council of India and Mr Rajbir Singh Berwal, general secretary, Haryana Ophthalmic Assistant Association were also important guests.
Many noted names in the field were there including Mr Gurudev Singh Warne, managing director of the host institute; its executive director Ms Tavleen Kaur; academic deputy director Dr Rashmi Dhingra; and paramedical principal Dr Deepanjeet Kaur.
The conference organising committee members were there in full strength: Mr Pradeep Panwar, president, UOA; Dr Sanjay Mishra, scientist, Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi; Dr Naresh Ahuja, HOD and consultant, GRD Eye Hospital; Ms Radhika, HOD, Assistant Professor, UCBMSH, Mr Anand Dev, secretary UOA; Ms Pridhi Panwar, faculty, UCBMSH; and Mr Gaurav Bhatt, UOA.
The keynote speakers included Dr Sanjay K Mishra, Scientist, Ms Sheeba Qamar, consultant optometrist, Kukreja Eye Centre; Ms Vibha Kumari, assistant professor, Jamia Hamdard; and Dr Mahesh Chandra, senior optometrist, Dr Sushila Tewari Hospital.
Moderator Ms Pridhi Panwar and Dr Naresh Ahuja spoke about career aspects, scopes, biometry, issues impacting disfigured eyes like trauma and injury.
Another scientific session had Ms Sneha Aggarwal, optometrist, AIIMS; Mr Rajesh Kumar, senior optometrist, Regional Institute Ophthalmology, PGIMS; and Ms Pooja Dosad, faculty, Dev Bhoomi University, among many others, discussing digital eye strain, low vision examination, management and vision therapy, and artificial intelligence in ophthalmology. At a third scientific session, Dr Deepak Gupta, HOD, NIMS University; Ms Radhika, HOD, Assistant Professor, UCBMSH, Dr Gaurav Dubey, UP University of Medical Sciences; Mr Tausif Khan, HOD, IIMT University; Ms Harshita Pandey, Assistant Professor, Galgotias University, among others; spoke about optometry ethics, the current scenario of public eye health, and analysis and machine learning. The workshops included one by Mr Gagan Sahni, one of the first Indian contact lens manufacturers to make scleral CLs with his own design geometry in his company, Silver Line Labs. He has conducted hundreds of training sessions on CL fitting all over India and in neighbouring countries.
The event’s sponsors were Taneja Opticals, Silver Line Laboratories, I Netram, Gaurav Optical, Surya Eye Care Optical Centre, GK Optical Medicare, Narayan Vision Optics Clinic, Rumax International Pvt Ltd and Matronix Private Limited.
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