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September, 2021

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Optometry360

Message from the President

I am profoundly honored by the opportunity to serve as the President of our Alumni Association for the next three years. Firstly, I would like to thank the founding members and congratulate the previous governing bodies and the executive teams for their commendable work. The benchmark they set for us and the upcoming board members is undoubtedly a challenge. As the President, a million questions go through my head constantly, such as “What impact and legacy does the current general body wants to create not only on our alumni but also on all the optometrists across the globe? How will I establish plans to drive a greater engagement from the alumni to build larger circles and a community of tighter connections?” etc.All the anxiety takes a back seat when I look at my team and the immense encouragement I receive from my peers.

 

To reach the goals, my team and I, with a willingness to achieve the greater good, plan to move forward with as many initiatives as possible. ALO magazine, "Optometry 360" is one such initiative. This bi-monthly magazine aims to publish all the current updates, research and publications, achievements, innovation, career guidance, talents, etc. The magazine shall be made accessible to all optometrists across India.

Lalith Kumar Reddy V - President ALO

Message from the Editor

Welcome to the 3rd edition of Optometry 360. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We received overwhelming responses for the 2nd edition of the Optometry 360 magazine. I take this opportunity to laud the efforts of Team ALO in crafting and bringing to you a wholesome edition of this magazine and also express my gratitude to those who made valuable contributions. Our Optometry Prospects Outside India and Perspective columns took the cake in the last edition. We continue to receive a good participation for our online Broaden Your Horizon series. The session on Digital Eye Strain aka Computer Vision Syndrome was attended by 70 participants and received over 800 views. We also hosted the first Career Guidance session where our esteemed alumni spoke about the varied career opportunities in private practice and multi-national companies. Over 85 students attended the online session.

 

We are also ecstatic to announce Converge, 2022. Converge is a scientific conference organized by Team ALO for optometry students, practitioners and professionals from all optometry organizations across India. We are excited that it is going to be in-person at Hyderabad. It’s time to Connect, Capture and Celebrate. So, block your calendars for 8th and 9th January, 2022 and begin your new year connecting and celebrating with friends and peers. While the registrations open

in November, 2021, you can start submitting your abstracts from October 1st, 2021. For more details, check the ALO website. We will soon make announcements on other platforms of ALO.

 

In this edition of Optometry 360, we bring to you varied optometry and eye care related content contributed by optometrists, both in house and from other optometry institutes. Peruse through our Perspective Column to know more about contact lens practice, data science, artificial intelligence, how to create a new habit and the importance of investing in yourself. They are thoughtfully written by some of our esteemed alumni. As our erudite alumni are involved in every field of optometric vocation, in nearly every location around the world, we bring to you the extensive clinical and research landscape of optometry outside India. This edition elucidates the application and preparation aspects of pursuing higher degrees in Australia. This section also includes how to prepare and crack the competency exam (OCANZ) to practice in Australia. This is a one-stop solution for all your concerns and queries. As the World Sight Day is fast approaching, the art and other talents showcased are based on the same theme. Team ALO also congratulates the alumni who received awards and accolades for their work and contributions.

 

We appreciate your participation and encourage you to further contribute to our magazine. Please read through the guidelines to understand how to pitch to us. Team ALO eagerly awaits to work with all of you.

 

Until next time,

Sandhya Shekar

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