BABO prepares for its 25th annual conference

Milestone event and course to be held in September

BABO conference keynote speaker, Dr Richard Bruenech

The British Association of Behavioural Optometrists (BABO) has announced its autumn events programme.

The 25th BABO annual conference will be held on 18–19 September at the DoubleTree By Hilton, Westminster, London. It will feature the BABO annual general meeting and a banquet dinner featuring live music.

The keynote speaker of the conference is Dr Richard Bruenech (pictured), professor in ocular anatomy at Buskerud University College in Norway and founding director of the Biomedical Research Unit at Buskerud and Vestfold University in Norway.

He will give two presentations during the two-day event, Neural intergrator is sickness and health, as well as Potential causes of dry eye.

Other speakers include Dr Robin Lewis who will present How neurology and anatomy help answer the questions optometrists ask.

Optometrist Caroline Hurst will discuss Visual process assessment and volume of space. Optometrist Paul Adler will present What are the accommodative norms for children?

Owen Leigh will present Face recognition – prosopagnosia in children and head injury.

BABO chairman, John Stevenson, told OT: “BABO is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, building on the work of a number of prominent UK optometrists who formed the Association in 1991.

“We have continued to grow with members in all corners of the UK, plus a number of international members. BABO is pleased to be a founding member of ICBO One – an international confederation of Behavioural Optometry organisations with over 2500 members.

“Our annual conference this year features a number of UK optometrists discussing areas that are relevant to all optometrists, along with Dr Robin Lewis from the USA, who will discuss how advances in neurological understanding link with the clinical questions we all see in everyday practice.

“The keynote speaker is the world-renowned, Dr Richard Bruenech from Norway. He will be discussing his latest research into dry eye causes and how the brain influences our everyday activities.

“This is a great opportunity for optometrists to expand their knowledge and practice.”

Also in September is OVT1, a course for optometrists and vision therapists wanting to learn about how to use behavioural optometry techniques in practice. It will cover assessment and treatment of accommodation, convergence, fusional problems, eye movements, as well as near-point stress and near-point retinoscopy.

The OVT1 course has been divided into two parts to allow for practice of the skills learned. OVT1a is an introduction to behavioural optometry and will be held on 11–12 September at Hatfield Mercure Oak Hotel, Roehyde Way, Hatfield.

OVT1b will look at further concepts in behavioural optometry and will be held on 27–28 November at the same venue.

For more information, visit the BABO website.