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Woohoo! Top Ophthalmology Conferences for the 2015-2016 Year!

Top Conferences for 2016

Dear Lovers of Life,

As I begin another year of residency, I begin to get the craving for research. I know, I’m all sorts of nerd. A medical student that I mentor recently asked me how I approach my research calendar for the year. This academic year I presented in 6 different academic conferences! YIKES. How did I manage this? Planning in terms of conferences is crucial, but don’t “go ham” as they say, find your interest, target those venues, and have fun! To aide in that mission I have listed the top 10 ophthalmology conferences, by attendance, word of mouth, and personal experience.  Click the links for more information. I encourage you to submit abstracts/papers to many conferences. Conferences are a great way to network, build connections for the future, find job openings, and most importantly open your mind to the latest and greatest advances in eye care. Good Luck and Enjoy!

(Conferences are listed in random order except for number 1, because it holds a special place in my heart!)

1. Women in Ophthalmology

2. American Academy of Ophthalmology

3. National Medical Association- Ophthalmology Section/Rabb Venable Research Program

4. The Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology

5. American Society of Cataracts and Refractive Surgery

6. American Glaucoma Society

7. American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

8. North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society

8. American Society of Retina Specialists

9. American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

10. World Ophthalmology Congress


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Happy Learning,



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Being Eye Healthy

6 tips for Eye Care

Hello Loves!

Many of the patients who I see on a daily basis ask me about eye health. This got me thinking about how to better educate my patients about various things that we can do on a daily basis to improve our eye health. These six easy steps are adapted from WebMD.

1. Eat Healthy. Various things can be included in your diet to ward off age related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts disease. Adding lutein, zinc, Vitamins C and E as well as Omega 3 Fatty Acids greatly improves your eye health. An added benefit of eating well is that it promotes a healthier lifestyle by decreasing your risk for or even reversing type 2 diabetes, which can be a visually devastating disease. Eat Well. Look Better. Feel Great.

2. Stop Smoking. As in NOW. Smoking in general is bad for your health, but in the eyes it can cause utter mayhem. Smoking has been proven to worsen diseases such as macular degeneration. Take step towards quitting today!

3. Sunglasses. Summer, summer, summer time! Many places sell sunglasses but choose wisely. In order to been eye healthy they should block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays. The type of eye ware that you choose can even help with glare.

4. Safety Eyewear. I call this my splashable mashable rule. If you’re smashing something, for example with a drill, hammer, chainsaw, wear protective goggles. If you are working with splashable chemicals, use protection! And if the eye can get smashed, wear protection! Another important note is that if you are legally blind in one eye, defined as a best corrected(with glasses, contacts etc) vision of 20/200 or worse, you MUST protect your better seeing eye. This means wearing polycarbonate lenses during all of your activities of daily living.

5. Step away from that computer! Even as a blogger, I am a strong advocate of this. Many hours of visual media can cause blurry vision, eyestrain, dry eyes, headaches etc. Get off of that keister and move!

6. Come see me! Go and see your eye doctor regularly. Many patients that I see tell me that they haven’t seen a doctor in years. Several of these same patients present only when things are really bad. One of my missions is preventative health and eye care. You can’t prevent what you don’t catch early. We love seeing you every year!

I welcome any comments and questions! Comment, share, discuss.

Stay Eye Healthy,




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