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Thursday, November 14, 2013

ESO faculty member’s visit to the USA promises to break new ground in clinical optometry research and extend the horizons of collaborative learning

The visit of Ms Jameel Rizwana Hussain, Lecturer at the Elite School of Optometry proved to be most memorable and crucial both for her and the institution she represented. If the high point of the visit was the conferring of the highly prestigious “Fellow of the Academy” by the American Academy of Optometrists, making her the first Indian to receive the distinction in the Clinical category, the visit also facilitated a dynamic exchange of knowledge and experience between the ESO and reputed optometry institutions and senior optometry professionals in the US. Ms.Rizwana’s white paper on “Factors influencing visual acuity outcome in the amblyopic eye and fellow eye in unilateral amblyopia” and poster on “Near point of convergence assessed using accommodative target and penlight with red/green filter in normal subjects and in Convergence insufficiency” were very well received and drew rich feedback. Her participation in key workshops such as “Fundamentals for authors” and “Essentials of Mentoring” helped in gaining expertise in these critical areas.

Ms.Rizwana also had meetings with key figures of the optometry world, Dr Joe Benjamin from the University of Alabama, who had paid a visit o the ESO recently was so highly impressed with the discussions he had with Ms Rizwana on the proposed ‘Global Optometry School’ to train optometry educators, an ESO initiative and brainchild of Dr SS.Badrinath, that he expressed his willingness to write it up as a proposal in the Obama Singh Project. While discussions with Ms Rupali of Anglia Polytechnic University, UK, made submitting a joint proposal on “Coloured filters in improving reading in symptomatic individuals” to the Vision and Eye Research Institute (VERU) of the Anglia Ruskin University a distinct possibility, discussions
held with Dr Rowan Candy of the Vision Development Laboratory of the Indiana University at Bloomington, Indianapolis, on the pilot study done at ESO on the collaborative research project “Discrimination for acuity test Opotype used in commercially available pediatric acuity charts” and photo-refraction experiments conducted in the lab, led her to express her willingness to conduct experiments on clinical samples using photo-refraction at the institution, topics for the same were also discussed.
The senior management at the Medical Research Foundation has considered Ms. Rizwana’s request to acquire high end equipment to enable carrying out crucial experiments, positively and steps are underway to acquire the same.