This weekend, the American Society of Ocularists is holding their semi-annual educational meeting in Seattle, Washington. This will be the first time the ASO has met in Seattle and it proves to be an exciting line-up of speakers and programs. Two of our distinguished eye physicians will be speaking at the conference.
Abstract: The specialized anatomy of the eyelid provides the physiological benefits to the eye. The eyelid is paramount in protecting the eye and enhancing vision. This comes about by the function of eyelid opening and closure along with the production of tears for the visual medium. A thorough understanding of normal eyelid anatomy and physiology allows one to appropriately examine this structure. Deviations from normal allow one to understand diagnostic entities and to provide the basis for treatment.
Abstract: This lecture will focus on congenital abnormalities of the globe in which the services of an ocularist are frequently needed. The first portion of this talk will focus on postnatal growth of the eye and orbit, ocular malformations with emphasis on microphthalmia, anophthalmia and glaucoma. The second portion will focus on acquired diseases of the globe especially intraocular tumors, retinal vascular diseases, retinopathy of prematurity and trauma for which enucleation is a treatment option. The main goal of this lecture is for the ocularist to learn more about the ocular diseases in infants and children that may benefit from orbital expanders and ocular prosthetics.