The School of Optometry and Vision Science recently organised a three day conference on the theme Ocular Surface Science and Dry Eye. This was held at UNSW from 25-27th July 2014. The conference was attended by approximately 90 people each day, and contained new research and clinical information delivered by leaders in the field from Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
Topics included new treatments for dry-eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction, and updates on the recently published Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort (published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 54(11), 2013 Oct), and Tears: A Unique Mucosal Secretion (published in Experimental Eye Research 117, 2013).
The feedback has been very positive, with 98% of respondents saying that the conference met or exceeded their expectations, 88% agreeing that the he conference provided a good mix of basic and clinical science, and 88% wanting to attend subsequent conferences similar to this event. We plan on putting on similar events on a biennial basis.