Pediatric ophthalmology takes center stage at AAPOS 2021 Virtual Meeting

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Recent studies1 have shown that the overall interest in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus is lower than other subspecialties in ophthalmology. Despite this, pediatric ophthalmology continues to advance as more is understood about pediatric eye disease and innovative treatment approaches are developed.

The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) 2021 virtual meeting (April 9-11) provides a venue for pediatric ophthalmologists to stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving diagnostic and treatment landscape.

Sessions and workshops will cover several different topics including, vision screening, amblyopia, cataract, retina, optic nerve, retinoblastoma, genetic, strabismus, glaucoma, and public health concerns.

In addition to helping ophthalmologist provide their patients with the best possible eye care, valuable information regarding practice management, especially in the wake of the COVD-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, will be discussed.

A recent survey2 conducted by the AAPOS found that many pediatric ophthalmologists are struggling to keep their practices open due to the pandemic. Workshops during the virtual meeting will cover topics ranging from private equity to updates in coding for 2021. Several posters will also highlight the impact of COVID-19 with an emphasis on the mental health of eye care professionals and socioeconomic factors hindering access to pediatric ophthalmology care.

The pandemic isn’t just impacting the way practices are run but also the type of cases ophthalmologists are seeing. According to Dr Joshua Mali’s Top 5 Predictions in Ophthalmology for 2021, an increase in myopia across the board is likely due to the implementation of virtual schooling and more overall activities focused on a screen.

AAPOS 2021 will tackle the growing myopia problem in the session, “Pediatric Myopia: A Growing Epidemic.”

You can register for the virtual meeting here.

1. Dotan G, Karr DJ, Levin AV. Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellowship Match outcomes, 2000-2015. J AAPOS. 2017;21(3):181.e1-181.e8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2017.01.004. Epub 2017 May 18. PMID: 28528992.

2. Robbins SL, Packwood EA, Siegel LM; AAPOS Socioeconomic Committee. The impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on US pediatric ophthalmologists. J AAPOS. 2020;24(4):189-194. doi:10.1016/j.jaapos.2020.06.002

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