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IVI International Optometry Conference, 9-11 September, focus on myopia management challenge; artificial intelligence in eye care among priority issues

The second India Vision Institute (IVI) virtual International Optometry Conference – Eye
Health in a Changing World, 9 to 11 September, promises to focus on and address major eye
health issues in India and around the world.
The conference hosts some of the most influential and leading experts in vision science and
eye health care. Over three days, around 1,200 registrants to the conference will get to listen
10 keynote talks and a range of experts in panel and parallel sessions.
The conference participants – students, practitioners, educators, researchers and industry
representatives – will have access to over 40 hours of live and interactive learning experience
covering topics from all domains of eye health including academia, research, industry and
clinical practice through closed group discussions, keynote addresses, panel discussions, and
paper and poster presentations.
IVI’s CEO Vinod Daniel said “The themes of the conference, supported by EssilorLuxottica,
will focus on, among other topics, myopia and best practice models for its management, the
role and influence of big data and artificial intelligence in eye care, human resource challenges,
legislative frameworks and associated issues, and partnerships.”
\"I welcome everyone to this virtual conference that has become an annual feature.
Showcasing the best in the sector, it will also highlight developments in countries from
around the globe, including Africa and Southeast Asia. This should enable to help everyone
learn from one another.”
“India’s problems are huge. Hundreds of thousands of Indians still lack access to vision
screening and a pair of corrective glasses. This is why collective action is called for, and
everyone, from industry, NGOs and voluntary groups, to the government, have a
responsibility to ensure that people do not go needlessly blind,” he said.
Keynote speakers at the conference include: Prof Matthew Burton, Director, International
Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Dr Anthony Vipin
Das, Consultant Ophthalmologist, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad; Amanda Davis,
Director for Strategic Initiatives, The Fred Hollows Foundation; Prof Kovin Naidoo, Senior
Vice President Social Impact: Africa & Latam and Advocacy, Essilor International; Prof Ian
Bailey, Professor Emeritus of Vision Science and Optometry, Berkeley School of Optometry;
Dr Kate Gifford, Co-Founder and Lead Educator, Myopia Profile Pty Ltd; Bayani F Abesamis,
Barrister and Solicitor, Abesamis Law Office; Mitasha Yu, Co-chair, International Agency for

the Prevention of Blindness; OB Malope, Brand Growth Specialist; and Dr Babar Qureshi,
Director - Inclusive Eye Health and Neglected Tropical Diseases, CBM.
The pre-conference day on September 9 will have closed group sessions on Contact Lens
Management of Keratoconus, Orthokeratology for Myopia Control, Sporting the Contact Lens
for better performance: Contact Lens in Sports & Specialty Driving Lenses - A Promising
Future, Vision Rehabilitation for Children with Special Needs, Neuro-Optometry and Myopia
in Africa. Dr Prashant Garg from LV Prasad Eye Institute will deliver the conference the
conference talk.
Panel Discussions will include topics such as ‘Getting Eye Health into News’, ‘Myopia in
India’, ‘School Children Eye Health Screening – Impact of COVID 19 Pandemic and the Way
Forward’, ‘NGOs help make a difference’, ‘Gender Equity & Inclusive Eye Health’,
‘Partnering for Eye Health’, ‘Contact Lens innovations that can help Eye Care Practitioners
manage their patients better’.
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