The Trinidad and Tobago Optometrists’
Association has over the last 5-6 years been hosting an annual weekend educational conference.
These conferences would not
be possible were it not for the invaluable patronage of Dr Freddy Chang OD. PhD.
Dr Chang has made it possible for
the TTOA to host many well known lecturers from the US and, as such has made this annual conference a much anticipated event
both in the local Trinidad and Tobago optometric community as well as the wider Caribbean optometric community. This year
we enjoyed attendance from various Caribbean countries such as Guyana, Barbados and Antigua
The Association again wishes to
publicly thank Dr Chang for his help support and good humor. We really couldn’t do it without you Freddy!!!
This year’s conference was
held at the Kapok Hotel, Port-of Spain, Trinidad W.I. and focused on Contact lenses. This course is COPE approved.
The Honorable Minister of Health
John Rahel gave our opening address. Mr. Rahel touched on the importance of the primary care role of the optometrist with
respect to the Trinidad and Tobago health system. He acknowledged that the health system needed to utilize the wealth of experience
and knowledge that the optometric community possesses.
The first day’s lectures focused on: Adverse reactions to Contact lens wear, Systemic Medication and Contact lens wear
and Treatment of Contact Lens Complications.
These lectures were delivered by Dr Chang and Dr Molinari.
The second day’s lectures focused on: Silicone Hydrogel
lenses – Fitting, and Management, Contact lens materials and an update on Contact Lens Solutions. Dr. Wiesbarth was the main lecturer on this day.
The quality of the lectures given was excellent and covered
a wide range of topics of interest to the Contact Lens practioner.
Many thanks to the sponsors: