Earlier this month Oliver and I attended the 4th EurOK /6th IAO conference held in the beautiful and unique city of Venice. I was representing the OSO as president and Oli was one of the speakers. I came away impressed with the energy of both the city and the conference. The interest in Ok and myopia control is growing in Europe with the conference attracting a record number of attendees this year, around 350 attendees, predominantly from Europe. It was great to meet and discuss OrthoK and myopia control with many optometrists and ophthalmologist colleagues.
The conference organisation, topics and presenters were of a high standard with a good mix of clinical and scientific content. We were exposed to many new and impressive European speakers who provided us with the latest research, and practical techniques.
The enthusiasm of the participants at the conference was quite similar to our conferences, we are fortunate to be part of such a dynamic and exciting area of eye health and more importantly public health. We have come back with some ideas we can apply to make our OSO conference bigger and better in 2018.
VeniceOK Conference with (left to right) Dr Nitesh Barot (UK), Dr Gavin Boneham (Orthokeratology Society of Oceania President, AU), Dr Cary Herzberg (International Academy of Orthokeratology President,US), Dr Marino Formenti (European Academy of Orthokeratology President)
Dr Cary Herzberg, Dr Oliver Woo, Dr Gavin Boneham
OSO Board Member Dr Oliver Woo Presenting at EurOK, Venice
- Gavin Boneham, OSO President