San Antonio, Texas – Throughout a three-day weekend on November 9-11, 2018, the 14th annual conference of The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) was held in San Antonio, Texas. IALVS, the largest group of Low Vision eye doctors in the United States and Canada, consists of 39 members – 29 of whom attended this conference.
They benefited greatly from this unique opportunity to learn about new optometric technologies, testing procedures, treatments, and marketing tips for low vision optometry practices. Participants also gained 11 hours of COPE-approved Continuing Education credits offered by several leading low vision doctors.
Dr. Richard Shuldiner, OD, FAAO, and founder of IALVS, kicked off the conference with his introductory speech, followed immediately by an impressive roster of professionals in the field of low vision. Some of the presentations included:
In addition to the lectures, vendor sponsors, including DVI, Vispero, E-Sight, IRIS Vision, and OrCAM, displayed and demonstrated their cutting-edge low vision devices. The doctors were able to benefit from hands-on experience with a range of advanced and innovative low vision aids. Programs were also launched to help doctors perform demos in their own offices.
Throughout the second day of the conference, five of IALVS’s most successful eye doctor members talked about the unique marketing and outreach programs that led to their exceptional accomplishments. They revealed their secrets and answered all questions. The audience gained new perspectives on how to reach patients and garner more referrals from other professionals.
At the close of the 14th annual IALVS meeting, participant and vendor surveys acknowledged the incredible, diverse benefits of the speeches and demonstrations, and how the three-day event exceeded all their expectations.