We are very proud to introduce one of the key note speakers of our upcoming clinical conference in October. Joanne Wood BSc PhD, Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, will be speaking at all five clinical conferences in Northern Europe.
Joanne Wood is a Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and has research expertise spanning a number of key areas. Joanne graduated with first class honours in Optometry from Aston University, UK and spent two years in optometric practice before returning to Aston University to complete a PhD in automated visual field investigation. Her PhD was followed by a Post Doctoral fellowship in clinical psychophysics at Oxford University. She then joined the School of Optometry at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia in 1989 as a Post Doctoral Fellow and currently holds the position of Professor in the School. Joanne has an international reputation for her investigations of the relationship between vision, ageing and driving performance and has made a significant contribution to understanding how visual impairment affects driving performance, identifying risk factors for unsafe older drivers and on the factors affecting pedestrian visibility at night-time.
Joanne will be delivering two speeches at the clinical conference, one for optometrists and one for optical dispensers:
Visual function, ocular diseases and Driving (for Optometrists)
It has been suggested that the major sensory input for driving is visual. Accordingly, most developed countries set visual standards for driving eligibility, with visual acuity and visual fields being the most prevalent vision standards set worldwide. However, there is considerable debate regarding which aspects of visual function are most important for safe driving, the level of visual function at which driving performance and safety are impaired and how different types of visual impairment impact upon driving performance. Professor Wood’s studies have sought to address these research questions using a range of experimental approaches including measures of real-world driving performance on a closed circuit driving course and under on-road in-traffic conditions. An overview of these studies will be presented.
Driving and Vision (for Dispensers)
This presentation will provide an overview of how visual function is linked with driving ability, based on the wider research literature, as well as providing a snapshot of some of Professor Wood’s studies which have investigated the link between vision and driving and have been conducted under closed and open road conditions. Emphasis will be placed on those studies that are relevant to assessing a patient’s visual fitness to drive as well as providing relevant advice regarding the impact of common visual impairments on driving ability and safety.
Have you registered your tickets for the clinical conference yet? If not, make sure you do so soon as there is limited availability. Register here.