The American Academy of Optometry held its 98th annual meeting (along with the 3rd World Congress of Optometry) in Orlando, Florida last week and the School of Optometry & Vision Science was well-represented. Both students and faculty shared their research and expertise over four days of lectures, workshops and poster presentations. In addition, a number of our members receive awards, designations and other recognition and we welcomed 200 people to our annual Canadian Alumni and Friends reception.
Here are the highlights from Academy 2019!
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Dr. Patricia Hrynchak named Academy diplomate
Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Hrynchak, who was named an Optometric Education (OE) diplomate. An OE diplomate has demonstrated excellence through training and scholarship in optometric education.
Academy diplomates are doctors of optometry who have strived to attain a level of excellence beyond the Fellowship program. The diplomate designation is held by fewer than 1% of optometrists.
Congratulations to new fellows
The designation Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) recognizes individuals who have met the high standards of professional competence in a broad range of issues related to eye care.
Fifteen members of the School community recently completed a rigorous qualification process to become Academy fellows. We are proud to recognize Chandra Engs, Ian Erkelens, Saleel Jivraj, Tina Morowat, Alison Ng, Sana Owais, Chau-Minh Phan, Sergiu Picioreanu, Jessica Sgro, Rana Taji, Wylie Tan, Benjamin Thompson, Gregory Thompson, Hendrik Walther and Ken Wan.
Faculty and alumni celebrate milestone fellowship anniversaries
“The AAO has been an important organization to optometric education and vision science research. In translating research into practice and elevating the profession, the Academy has relied on committed volunteers and fellows to advance the organization’s mission. The School has many faculty and alumni who have earned the distinction of fellow, and this year marks the anniversary of several who deserve recognition for their longstanding commitment and service.” – Dr. Stan Woo
50 years - Dr. Jake Sivak, Dr. Murch Callendar and Dr. George Woo
40 years - Dr. Ron Phillips and Dr. Barbara Robinson
25 years - Dr. Sue Leat and Dr. Marlee Spafford
Through the generosity of corporate sponsors, the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) provide financial supports through fellowship, scholarship, grants, student and residency award programs.
AAOF Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care - Kirsten Carter
AAOF Robert Mandell Ezell Club Fellow - Dr. Heinz Otchere
AAOF VSP Practice Excellence - Komal Patel and Angela Zhang
Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Award - Song Kim
CooperVision Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowship - Dr. Rosa (Yawen) Yang
American Academy of Optometry Student Travel Fellowships - Dr. Lacey Haines
Our impact at Academy 2019
LECTURES, GRAND ROUNDS, PRESENTATIONS, SYMPOSIA SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Contact Lens Options for Irregular Corneas – Dr. Lakshmi Shinde, Dr. Luigina Sorbara
Glaucoma Section Symposium: Exploring the Intersection of Glaucoma and Dry Eye Disease – Dr. C. Lisa Prokopich
Global Summit on Optometric Education Co-sponsored by the World Council of Optometry, American Academy of Optometry and Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry – Dr. Patricia Hrynchak
How to Overcome Challenges in Assessing Student Competencies – Dr. Luigina Sorbara, Dr. Etty Bitton
Optometric Education Diplomate Preparation Course – Dr. Marlee Spafford
Optometry’s Role in Low Vision? An Illustrated Three Tier Model – Dr. Susan Leat
Proactively Prescribing and Fitting Soft Contact Lenses in Commercial Setu – Dr. Luigina Sorbara, Dr. Lakshmi Shinde
Rapid Fire: Manifestations of Uveitic Glaucoma – Dr. Sarah MacIver, Dr. Sarah Wood, Dr. Austin Lifferth, Dr. Andrew Rixon
The Role of Optometrists in Primary Eye Care – Dr. Stanley Woo, Dr. George Woo
When the Obvious is Not Obvious – Dr. Nadine Furtado
Comparison of Sensory Responses to Repetitive Corneal Cool Stimuli in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Contact Lens Wearers – Ping Situ, Dr. Carolyn Begley, Dr. Trefford Simpson
Rebound Self-tonometry Acquisition Time and Acceptability as Evaluated by Eye Care Professionals – Dr. Nadine Furtado, Dr. Ruth Hyatt, Dr. Darcy Eberle, Dr. Katherine Jensen, Dr. Timothy Tsang, Dr. Justin Kwan
Frequency of Contact Lens Complications between Contact Lens Wearers using Multipurpose Solutions versus Hydrogen Peroxide in United States and Canada – Dr. Anna Tichenor, Stacey Cofield, Dr. Drew Gann, Dr. Marian Elder, Alison Ng, Dr. Karen Walsh, Dr. Lyndon Jones, Dr. Jason Nichols
LWE Grades Compared with Histological Measures of the Lid Wiper Region in Contact Lens Wearers – Alex Muntz, Dr. Lyndon Jones
American Academy of Optometry, Optometric Education Section – Dr. Patricia Hrynchak
An Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Undergraduate Optometry – Dr. Patricia Hrynchak, Dr. Jenna Bright, Dr. Sarah MacIver, Dr. Natalie Hutchings, Dr. Stanley Woo
An Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Undergraduate Optometry – Dr. Natalie Hutchings
A Perspective on Optometric Bridging Education in Canada – Dr. Janessa Vos, Dr. Jenna Bright
A Rare Presentation of Ischemic Vaso-occlusive Retinopathy in Sturge Weber Syndrome – Dr. Sarah MacIver, Keren Prince
Atypical Presentation of Dry Eye Disease (DED) in a Patient with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Dr. Rosa (Yawen) Yang, Dr. Luigina Sorbara
Association of Corneal Thickness changes with Refractive and Visual Outcomes after Crosslinking Surgery with and without Intracorneal Ring Segment Implantation – Dr. Lacey Haines, Olivera Kralji, Sebastian Marschall, Ahmed Gawish, Paul Fieguth, Neera Singal, Hall Chew, David Rootman, Dr. Alan Slomovic, Wendy Hatch, Kostadinka Bizheva, Dr. Luigina Sorbara
Comparing In-office Evaluations to Subjective Evaluations for Two Toric Lenses – Sarah Guthrie, Dr. Jill Woods, Amir Moezzi, Jalaiah Varikooty, Dr. Lyndon Jones
Comparing Strip Meniscometry to Tear Meniscus Height & Schrimer Test – Dr. Mike Yang, Dr. Amir Moezzi, Dr. Jill Woods, Dr. Lyndon Jones
Detection of Phosphatidylcholine from Delefilcon A Contact Lens using Mass Spectrometry – Hendrick Walther
Development of a Blink Model for Testing Contact Lenses – Chau-Minh Phan, Hendrick Walther, Dr. Lyndon Jones
Diurnal Changes in Corneal Aberrations and Tear Composition and their Correlation, in Keratoconus and Normals-Pilot Study – Dr. Heinz Otchere, Dr. Luigina Sorbara
Dry Eye Disease (DED) in Canada: A Retrospective Chart Review – Doerte Luensmann, Lyndon Jones
Effects of the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress on Contact Lens Discomfort in Contact Lens Wearers: A Open-label Randomized Clinical Trial – Dr. Anna Tichenor, Dr. Stephanie Cox, Dr. Jillian Ziemanski, Dr. William Ngo, Dr. Paul Karpecki, Dr. Kelly Nichols, Dr. Jason Nichols
Eye Care Professionals’ Views on Self-Measurement of Intraocular Pressure – Dr. Nadine Furtado, Dr. Ruth Hyatt, Dr. Darcy Eberle, Dr. Katherine Jensen, Dr. Timothy Tsang, Dr. Justin Kwan
Optometry Students’ Motivations, and Expectations of Optometry when Entering and Exiting the Doctor of Optometry Program – Brianna Samson, Dr. Shamrozé Khan, Dr. Paul Murphy
Pseuditumor Cerebri Syndrome Secondary to Vitamin A Supplementation for Retinitis Punctata Albescens – Dr. Chandra Engs
Student Satisfaction with an Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Optometry – Dr. Patricia Hrynchak, Dr. Jenna Bright, Dr. Sarah MacIver, Dr. Stanley Woo
The Effect of a Novel Oral Supplement containing Pmega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids on the Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease – Alison Ng, Dr. Jill Woods, Theresa Jahn, Dr. Lyndon Jones, Jenna Sullivan Ritter
Vision Needs of Hospitalized Rehabilitation Patients – Dr. Susan Leat, Dr. Shamrozé Khan, Dr. Andre Stanberry, Dr. Lisa Christian, Dr. Tammy Labreche, Dr. Abhishek Narayan