Visual care should be an integral part of multidisciplinary care for complex diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)- AISLA stresses. Eye pointing is the last movement that allows people with ALS, in the most advanced stages of the disease, to communicate. Since 2016, the optometric service coordinated by Dr. Federica Cozza has been active at the Nemo Clinical Center in Milan. Taking care of visual function occurs from diagnosis throughout the disease course. This has made it possible to successfully perform cataract surgery on a person who has been living with the disease since 2009, thanks to the collaboration of three teams (Nemo Clinical Centers, Nemo Lab and Fondazione Sacra Famiglia in Cesano Boscone).
On June 27th, at Alcon Experience Academy in Barcelona, a one-hour IACLE EAMA national meeting was arranged for Italian contact lens practitioners and educators in conjunction with a 2-day educational event arranged by Alcon. The IACLE meeting, titled “New challenges in CL teaching: round table”, was chaired by EAME regional director Dr. Fabrizio Zeri.
The panel comprised Prof Josè Manuel Gonzales-Meijome from University of Minho, Prof David Pinero from the University of Alicante, and Dr. Alberto Recchioni from the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham. Participants discussed how CL teaching can be changed by the new challenges of artificial intelligence and, also the need to add new knowledge of modern instrumentations and CL materials to the programs. Fifty Italian delegates attended the event in presence, moreover 40 participants from Spain and Portugal joined the event remotely too.
Giulia Garassino and Gianluca Verrenti (from the left), recent graduated at the University of Milano-Bicocca, received the first and second prizes at the Vision Ottica Award 2023
Moreover, the bachelor’s degree in Optics and Optometry was awarded for “recognition for progress in research and development in Optics and Optometry”.
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COMiB research group was at BCLA Clinical Conference and Exibition 2023 with a poster and two oral presentations.
Fabrizio Zeri presented a poster titled “New non-invasive tear breakup time (NIBUT) measurements vs fluorescein breakup time (fBUT): agreement and repeatability.”
Mauro Frisani during the Free Papers – Specialist lenses section presented a work titled “Estimation of scleral lens clearance: OCT measurement vs operator-based measurement by slit lamp” and Giulia Carlotta Rizzo during the Free Papers – Myopia 2 section presented a work titled “Visual performance with an Extended Depth of Focus contact lens for myopia control and the influence of decentration” .
Fabrizio Zeri with Shehzad Naroo (on the left) from Aston University (UK) and Craig Woods (on the right) from the University of New South Wales (Australia) presented a talk titled “Evidence-based teaching of contact lenses” as invited speakers at the 4th World Conference of International Association of Contact Lens Educators held in Birmingham on 5th-8th June.
On 1st June, Fabrizio Zeri presented three papers as invited speaker at the CSO Annual Conference held at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence (It). The papers were titled: “Open field aberrometry: a wide look into the future”, “Enhancing the tear film assessment: the Dry Eye Report”, and “Is automatic NIBUT reliable?”.
On May 26th, during the end-of-year party of the tennis and athletics schools at the Bicocca Stadium, Giulia Carlotta Rizzo, Alessandro Duse and some third years students in Optics and Optometry degree provided quick visual screening to the young athletes, informing them and their parents about a few projects that will be started in the next few months in the MUSA project.
Alessandro Borghesi, professor emeritus of Milano-Bicocca and director of COMiB, was awarded the Francesco Ferrante National Optometry Award, established at the initiative of the family and a group of colleagues of the optometrist who died in 1986.
Professor Borghesi, who was the first in Italy to promote the activation of a graduate course in Optics and Optometry (established since 2001 at the University of Milano-Bicocca), has been coordinating the activities of COMiB since 2015.
The review “TFOS lifestyle: Impact of contact lenses on the ocular surface” by Lyndon Jones, S. Tavazzi et al. was published on The Ocular Surface . This report was conducted as part of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) Workshop ‘A Lifestyle Epidemic: Ocular Surface Disease’.
Download the final version of the article “New Italian version of the Wilkins Rate of Reading Test: Materials for repeated-measure designs in optometry and neuropsychological research.” by Zeri F, Tavazzi S, Punzi M, Miglio F, Evans BJW, De Luca M, published on Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics.