Empowering Optometrists: Visual Impairment Refresher Seminar in Northern Malaysia

In a strategic move to enhance the skills and knowledge of optometrists in Penang and Kedah, Ms. Indira Madhavan, Chief of the Low Vision Clinic at the Faculty of Optometry and Vision Sciences, spearheaded a comprehensive two-day Visual Impairment Refresher Seminar. The event commenced with an online session on October 15, 2023, focusing on knowledge sharing, and continued with an in-person session at OasisEye Specialist Penang on October 29, 2023. Attended by 16 optometrists, this seminar played a crucial role in advancing low vision care in Northern Malaysia.

The seminar’s primary objective was to empower optometrists with enhanced skills and updated knowledge in the field of visual impairment. By offering a platform for active engagement and learning, Ms. Indira aimed to create a dynamic environment conducive to the exchange of insights and experiences among industry professionals.

What sets this seminar apart is its comprehensive approach, covering both online and in-person sessions. The online component, held on October 15, provided a convenient platform for optometrists to delve into theoretical aspects and share their expertise from the comfort of their locations. This was complemented by the in-person session at OasisEye Specialist Penang on October 29, offering a hands-on experience and practical insights into low vision care.

Ms. Indira Madhavan’s collaborative efforts with leading suppliers of low vision devices further enriched the seminar. Partnerships with Mandarin Opto-Medic Sdn Bhd, Topcon Positioning Asia (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, VEO VISION GROUP SDN BHD, and Ophthalmic Instruments (M) Sdn. Bhd not only provided optometrists with exposure to the latest advancements in low vision technology but also fostered valuable industry connections.

This industry-academia collaboration underscores the importance of bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. By bringing together academic expertise and industry insights, Ms. Indira Madhavan’s initiative serves as a model for advancing the field of low vision care.

The Visual Impairment Refresher Seminar is a testament to SEGi University’s commitment to providing holistic education and fostering continuous professional development. As the field of optometry evolves, initiatives like these play a pivotal role in ensuring that optometrists stay at the forefront of advancements, ultimately benefiting individuals with visual impairments in the region.

In conclusion, Ms. Indira Madhavan’s Visual Impairment Refresher Seminar emerges as a beacon of knowledge, connecting optometrists with the latest industry trends and technologies. This initiative not only strengthens professional networks but also contributes significantly to elevating the standards of low vision care in Northern Malaysia.

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