Unless otherwise indicated, the ASCO contact for all Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is LaShawn Sidbury, CMP, Director, Meetings and Special Interest Groups, firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 231-5944 ext. 3012.
LOW VISION EDUCATORS
Met: July 9-11, 2015, Pacific University College of Optometry
Chair: Dr. Tracy Matchinski
Actions: Dr. Sharon Lee became SIG Chair; two new steering committee members elected: Dr. Swati Modi and Dr. Rebecca Marnioff
Additional Topics Discussed: Review and discussion of the not-yet-finalized Advanced Competencies in Low Vision Rehabilitation document; methods for teaching near magnification; testing on near magnification
OPHTHALMIC OPTICS EDUCATORS
Met: July 23-25, 2015, Michigan College of Optometry
Chair: James Brady
Actions: Marilyn Smith and Dr. Natalie Hutchings, University of Waterloo, were appointed Chairs of the SIG; the SIG is recommending to the ASCO Board that ASCO become a member organization of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z80 (The Low Vision Educators SIG also supports this recommendation.); members decided to incorporate an Educating the Educator session into each workshop; the SIG will meet next on July 21-23, 2016, in Ontario, Canada.
Topics Discussed/Speakers: Dr. James Sheedy, who was instrumental in forming the Ophthalmic Optics Educators SIG in 1996, was honored for his contributions in ophthalmic optics and delivered the Joe Bruneni Lecture (“Blue Light-Good or Bad?”) in memory of Dr. Daryl Meister (Dr. Sheedy received this award in 2005 as well.); Education and Scholarship in Ophthalmic Optics (Dr. Sheedy); Research Ideas in Ophthalmic Optics (Vision Research Institute); Measuring Devices from Manufacturers (Essilor, Hoya, Carl Zeiss); ANSI Membership for Ophthalmic Optics (Dr. Karl Citek)
Sponsors: Carl Zeiss, Essilor of America, EyeMed, Hoya, Transitions Optical