The 2015 Global Specialty Lens Symposium Attracts a Record-breaking 800 Attendees [ view all news ]
Eight hundred professionals from 36 countries headed to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the 2015 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), making it the best-attended GSLS ever. Attendees benefited from more than 30 CE-credited hours. Fifty-six exhibitors demonstrated and presented their latest wares to the purposeful visitors in the exhibit hall.
Here is a quick recap of what attendees received.
Building Your Specialty Practice
The theme for the 2015 GSLS Pre-Conference Session was “Building Your Specialty Practice”: Four-hour well-attended sessions were offered on myopic control, billing and coding and scleral lenses. Experts Amber Guame Giannoni, OD, FAAO and William Townsend, OD, FAAO presented information on helping patients who experience dry eyes as a result of wearing contact lenses – an issue of some import as this condition has the potential to depress the number of contact lens wearers. Presentations also included new technology as well as other practice enhancing tools.
The State of the Industry
A noteworthy and popular event was led by Jason Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD on the state of the contact lens industry, where it is now and where it is likely headed. Nichols was joined by such dynamic industry leaders as Carla Mack, OD, FAAO of Alcon and Mark McKenna of Bausch + Lomb.
The GSLS Award of Excellence
The annual GSLS awards its GSLS Award of Excellence is presented to a clinician, scientist or scholar (or any combination of these roles) who has distinguished themselves in the contact lens field, with special emphasis placed on specialty lenses. 2015 saw four scleral lens pioneers being honored: Don Ezekiel of Australia, Ken Pullum of the United Kingdom, Perry Rosenthal, MD of America and Rients Visser of The Netherlands.
Industry-sponsored sessions are an integral part of the GSLS and 2015 saw 8 contact lens manufacturers and instrument companies providing information on such topics as corneal topography, soft lens for irregular corneas and multifocal lenses.
A troubleshooting panel on scleral lenses was a well-received event focused on which patients are best suited for these lenses, how to manage when these lenses do not fit properly and the relevant impact of ocular anatomy.
Brien A. Holden, PhD, DSc, OAM led a discussion about myopia and how it is increasingly presenting itself as a potential medical issue, as well as a refractive error. Also, a free paper session saw submissions from America, Canada and China on various topics, like Corneal Swelling in Scleral Lens Wearers and Multi-focal Lens Success: A Comparison of Satisfied Versus Dissatisfied Patients.
Posters and Photographs
Over 70 scientific and clinical posters were entered in the annual poster and photograph contest – and it was Masao Matsubara, MD, DMSc, who walked away with the best photo award for the aptly named Dementors in a Cornea.
Will you be in attendance next year! Make plans now for this wonderful event.