The staff at the School are always delighted to see the familiar faces of alumni, and our new colleagues at our Alumni Continuing Education Events. These are open to all alumni and optometry colleagues and includes an excellent line-up of speakers and time to chat with friends over refreshments.
In 2018 we have had two excellent offerings. The first was on the 5th June and had the theme of ARVO Highlights, breaking research from the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Honolulu, USA, directly to you. The evening opened with a star higher degree research student, Ms Jessie Huang speaking on the "impact of referral letter content on the management of glaucoma patients and suspects". Attendees heard about new methods of analysing optic nerve head morphology, visual evoked potentials, and eye-hand coordination. We also learned about Langherhans cells that reside in the cornea, the microbiome and the timing of dosing of atropine on choroidal thickness. There were talks on the visual evoked potentials and eye hand coordination in children and adults with normal vision and amblyopia. If you missed the evening, catch the Podcast on the Alumni Webpage.
The second Alumni Evening provided a Dry Eye Update, a series of short and to-the-point presentations summarising what clinicians in practice need to know today about the latest definitions, diagnosis, treatment and management methods for dry eye disease. The UNSW Optometry Clinic has a dry eye clinic that was relaunched at this event, to indicate its realignment with the updated consensus documents created by the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Dry Eye Workshop II (TFOS DEWS II). If you were not able to attend this alumni evening, not to worry as we videoed the presentations as a resource for clinicians and students to review. These videos can be found here.