Young Optometrists Paediatrics Day 2016

Dr Grace Wee talking about the Benefits of Binocular Vision

Dust off your retinoscopes because young optometrists are ready to see children.

Young Optometrists Paediatrics Day was held on Sunday 5th of June this year at the Mercure Sydney.

Young Optometrists proudly support optometry students and optometrists within their first 10 years of practice.

Young Optometrists hosted a full day paediatrics seminar aiming to provide young optometrists the opportunity to hone their knowledge, and build their confidence in seeing and managing kids.

Young Optometrists would like to thank their sponsors CooperVision and CR Surfacing for their generous contribution in order to make this event happen.

A company of just over 50 guests warmed The Central Room as they sought shelter from the terrible deluge outside. A great effort by those who attended for braving through the storm in NSW this recent weekend. 5 student optometrists also attended the event.

Guest speakers Dr Shaun Chang, Dr Grace Wee, Dr Elizabeth Jackson and Dr Michael Jones gave talks on how we can provide better care to young children across 7 talks. A massive thank you to these speakers for providing their expert insight.

The doors opened for registration at 8.45am with the first talk at 9am on how to approach testing children by Dr Grace Wee.

Topics spoken by these guests include seeing kids, case history, examining 3–6 year olds, Developmental Vision Information Processing (DVIP) screening, benefits of binocular vision and a refresher on norms, paediatrics ophthalmology emergencies and when to refer, management of strabismus and amblyopia.

“This was great! These talks have helped me build confidence in seeing kids at uni. These tips are also great.” said a student optometrist.

It was also a great opportunity to get young optometrists involved in the Eyes4Everest campaign in providing eye care to those where eye care is not readily available in the Everest region in Nepal.

“It’s been a really worthwhile day. Now I feel much more confident in seeing kids.” said Dr Lim, a new graduate young optometrist.

Attendees to the event could obtain a grand total of 15 CPD points for the day. It was also a great time to mix and mingle with friends, colleagues and guest speakers during morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Overall a fantastic day and well received.

Guests to the event were also invited to a social gathering down at the bar where they could wind down from an intense but incredibly fun series of talks at 3.30pm.