152154 Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes: A model for screening and the correction of refractive error

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 12:30 PM

Paul Berman, OD , Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes, Hackensack, NJ
Refractive error is one of the leading causes of visual impairment and blindness in the world. The Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes (SOLCIOE) team has developed a model to examine over 400 people in one day. This presentation will discuss the SOLCIOE screening tests and what decisions were made to maximize the efficiency of the screening and how it might be modified for adults.

SOLCIOE has been dispensing glasses to correct refractive error in 53 countries. We have examined almost 100,000 athletes and distributed over 37,000 pairs of glasses. How might this model be applied to the general population to render refractive eye care?

Learning Objectives:
For attendees to understand the screening protocols for SOLCIOE and how to apply them to different situations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Special Olympics Refractive error correction Consultant

Any company-sponsored training? No
Any institutionally-contracted trials related to this submission? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.