Two hot topics — the role of the retina in neurological diseases and new concepts in ocular surface disease — will headline special symposia at Academy 2017 Chicago, the American Academy of Optometry's (AAOpt) annual conference to be held October 11-14 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the meeting will provide a wide array of clinically relevant courses and cutting-edge research in vision sciences, according to a report in Medscape.
"The concept that the eye is a 'window to the brain' means we may soon be in a position where various imaging capabilities of the retina will allow for possibly early diagnosis of certain neurological disorders and/or allow close monitoring for progression of the disease," said Neil A. Pence, OD, associate dean of Clinical and Patient Care Services at the Indiana University School of Optometry.
Dr Pence, along with Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, president-elect of the academy, previewed this year's Plenary Session, "Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice®: The Eye as a Mirror of the Brain," for Medscape Medical News. The session delves into the latest findings about the role of the retina in such conditions as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis.