We are very excited to present a first-of-its-kind conference focused on the role of genetics in ophthalmology. The goal of this conference is to present information that will help guide the incorporation of genetic testing into the practice of ophthalmology. The unique aspect of this conference is that we will present cases in order to describe how the physician made the decision of which type of genetic testing to order and how to interpret the results in order to diagnose the patient.
This conference intends to educate ophthalmologists, residents, fellows, geneticists, genetic counselors, pathologists, pathology post-doctoral fellows, optometrists, and vision scientists. Our goal is to have our attendees understand the critical role that genetic testing plays in the field of ophthalmology. We plan to discuss specific types of genetic tests and explain which clinical presentations each one is appropriate for. We hope that this information will lead to more clinicians ordering genetic testing for clinically-indicated patients. It will also be helpful for clinicians to understand the research aspect of ophthalmic genetics and to understand the development of treatments, which target genetic mutations. This will help re-affirm the crucial role that genetic testing plays in clinical ophthalmology.
Our program will feature distinguished keynote speakers who have played critical roles in advancing the field of ophthalmic genetics. These speakers will highlight the advancements that have already been made in our understanding of ophthalmology as a result of research on the genetic basis of ophthalmic diseases. Our program will also feature New York City-based ophthalmologists, geneticists, and researchers who will present their current work in order to encourage future collaborations both locally and nationally.