Like most of us, I go to my fair share of optometry meetings each year. I've come to know how optometric meetings flow. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) format is different from anything you'll see at a conventional optometric meeting.
The massive room includes hundreds upon hundreds of posters with groups of people gathered around the posters in intense study. Critical observation was the norm. I've never seen as many notebooks out and notes feverishly being taken or researchers of like interests sharing and discussing each other's work openly and freely.
Previously from Dr. Bowling: How tear proteomics can help optometry
With so much information being presented in so many different research areas, there is no way any one person could cover all the topics. Fortunately, Editorial Advisory Board member Stuart Richer, OD, FAAO covered the retina and posterior segment in an earlier feature. (See “Examining poster themes at ARVO 2017” in the July issue.)
I will focus my attention on anterior segment presentations, particularly on clinical research. So much basic science research is presented at this meeting, and most of it will be years before it makes its way to clinical trials. Let’s concentrate on research that might be of use to us in the exam room very soon.
One of the first posters I observed discussed a new measurement of tear film break-up time based on corneal reflex interference patterns. This work by Mikel Aldaba, BSc Optom, PhD, and associates from Spain demonstrated in 10 subjects a means of measuring tear break-up time non-invasively using interference patterns. Results demonstrated the break-up time measurement of the tear film was similar to that found using fluorescein. #471