Go For the Sights
Dr. Pamela Wu of Irvine, California attended the annual meeting and educational conference of the Orthokeratology Academy of America (OAA) on April 6-10, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. International speakers presented on a variety of topics including: controlling nearsightedness, non surgical alternatives to vision correcting eye surgery, new lens designs for -improved corneal reshaping treatment, pediatric Ortho-K, post-surgical vision rehabilitation and new Ortho-K therapeutic treatments were unveiled.
Close to two hundred attendees came to Phoenix from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, England, Scotland, Jordan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia, China, Mexico, Singapore, Israel, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Portugal and Spain.
The OAA is an international organization of orthokeratologists who provide a non-surgical alternative to LASIK surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, astigmatism, hyperopia and presbyopia. The Orthokeratology Academy of America mission is to establish policy and to develop and update protocols and education for doctors performing corneal reshaping (orthokeratology).
Myopia ( nearsightedness) is a progressive disease affecting 1.6 billion children and adults worldwide, with expectations that the number will hit 2.5 billion by 2020. Research now shows that orthokeratology can slow the elongation of the eye which contributes to progressive nearsightedness in children and young adults. 20/20 vision can be restored in as little as one day to one month depending on severity. The health implications of progressive myopia can place children at risk for eye diseases like retinal detachments and glaucoma as they reach adulthood.
Orthokeratology involves the fitting of a specialized contact lens designed to reshape the cornea during sleep much like braces realigning the teeth. In addition, Ortho-K is a less expensive and safer alternative to surgical vision correction. For more information on this process see www.okglobal.org and www.orthokdoctors.com.
Go For the Food
See our involvement with The MasterChef, Christina Ha during the Jubilee Project documentary.
Christine Ha overcomes her blind disability by becoming 3rd season MasterChef in 2012.
Part of the filming was done in our office.
Go For the Big Lens
Always excel to the highest standard of patient care, Dr. Pamela Wu further her skills by attending continue education conferences year round. This year, Dr. Wu was invited to attend Scleral Consultative Institute conference on July 21-23, 2017 in Nashville, TN.
Scleral lenses are considered specialty lenses for those have been told in the past that you cannot wear contact lenses because of an irregular cornea or other problems such as Keratoconus, post refractive surgery complication, high astigmatism or severe dry eyes.
These large-diameter gas permeable (GP) lenses offer the same advantages that conventional GP lenses have compared with soft contacts, including:
They are called "scleral" lenses because, instead of covering only a portion of the cornea (like conventional GP lenses), these large GP lenses vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the "white" of the eye (the sclera).
Because of their size, scleral lenses and its' complicated nature of the eyes, only highly trained doctors are excellent fitter.
Look no further, Dr. Wu is excited to bring the latest technology and alternative option to our office.