Building on the success of last years’ event, Vision Aid Overseas hosted their second Optometry conference in the capital city of Zambia, Lusaka on 21st - 23rd March 2016.

The three day conference was supported by Specsavers andOptometry Giving Sight as part of our partnership to build capacity by supporting clinical training for optometry professionals and students in Africa.

The conference attracted thirty newly qualified Zambian optometrists and experienced Optical professionals from around the world. Mark Esbester, Deputy Team Leader- Vision Aid Overseas said

After the success of the first Zambian Optometry Conference last year, it was an easy decision to sign up for the second one!

Across the three day event, a variety of interactive lectures and workshops took place which covered a range of optometry and public health topics including Diabetic Retinopathy and patient care, the effects of cataract, glaucoma and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Local Ophthalmologist Dr Kriel also covered ocular injuries and how to manage them in remote areas from hospitals.

In addition to the lectures, the delegates had the opportunity to complete an online CPD via the Synapse system which will enable them to continue with their life-long learning even when they are working in remote areas and local hospitals.

Following the conference, a clinical day was held at the Dame Mary Perkins building at Chainama College. This day provided practical refreshers for the delegates in low vision, refraction and other optometry areas.

Overall the three day event was able to build on the success of last year's conference as it provided a platform for optical professionals from around the world to share their skills and knowledge to future optical professionals in Zambia who will help transform access to eye care services and spectacles to thousands of people within the country who currently suffer from avoidable visual impairment. Esnart Kapatamoyo, one of the attendees, said

It was a great pleasure to have all of you who have taken your time to hold that conference and inspire many upcoming optometrists like me. I can't wait to have you back in Zambia again and really looking forward to the next conference.

Vision Aid Overseas would like to thank everyone who attended and helped organise our second conference and to all the companies who donated and funded it.

 

Thank you for helping Vision Aid Overseas fight poverty in Africa by transforming access to eye care and spectacles.

For more information on our work in Zambia, please visit: http://www.visionaidoverseas.org/zambia