The 8th International Congress on Wavefront Sensing and Optimized Refractive Corrections returned to the original site of the first Congress of 2000 ? Santa Fe, New Mexico. Held February 22-25, 2007, the 8th Congress was a 4-day meeting drawing leading clinical and basic researchers in industry, academia, and private practice from around the world. The meeting was sponsored at the Founder's Level by: Alcon, Ine and AMO, Ine; at the Associate Level by: Bausch & Lomb, Ine; and at the Assistant Level by: Carl Zeiss Meditec, Imagine Eyes, IntraLase Corporation, NIDEK Co Ltd, Topcon Medical Systems, Wavefront Sciences, WaveLight AG, and Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems AG.
The articles featured in these proceedings found their origin in the 8th Congress. Sabesan et al describe the development of a large-stroke deformable mirror capable of minimizing the low and high order refractive errors of the normal and highly aberrated eye allowing evaluation of potential visual performance. Rocha et al discuss the use of adaptive optics to explore the effect of individual Zernike modes on visual performance. Marsack et al demonstrate that wavefront-guided soft contact lenses for the keratoconic eye can further reduce both the low and high order aberrations and improve visual performance as compared to the habitual correction. Schwiegerling demonstrates that the use of the Defocus Transfer Function is an effective method for designing and evaluating presbyopic corrections. Sarver et al present a fast method of determining a spectacle refraction using a Fourier analysis of Talbot Moir? wavefront sensor interferogram. Stillitano et al evaluate the stability of wavefront error in overnight orthokeratology.
We thank Dr George Waring for grouping these six articles together, the authors for submitting, and the reviewers for their time and energy reviewing (reviewers included: Ray Applegate, Arthur Bradley, Charlie Campbell, Ronald Krueger, Jason Marsack, Dan Neil, Katrina Parker, Jason Porter, Jerome Ramos-Esteban, Cindy Roberts, Austin Roorda, Larry Thibos, Tom Salmon, and Jim Schwiegerling).
We wish to draw your attention to the upcoming 9th Congress, which will feature several sessions dealing with accommodation, presbyopia, and presbyopic corrections. Given this added emphasis, the 9th Congress is titled: The International Congress on Wavefront and Presbyopic Refractive Corrections. The 4-day meeting organized by Ray Applegate, Ronald Krueger, and Adrian Glasser will be held at the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, California, February 14-17, 2008. More details and registration information are available on the web at: www.wavefront-congress.org.
The 9th International Congress on Wavefront and Presbyopic Refractive Corrections will start with a halfday Basic Review Course organized by Ray Applegate and taught by world leaders in the field starting at noon February 14, 2008. This course is excellent for those wishing to be brought up to speed, industry researchers wishing to increase their understanding of visual optics, and anyone wishing a refresher going into the meeting. Topics (and instructors) in the course include: Review of Optical Principles (Austin Roorda); Accommodation and Presbyopia (Adrian Glasser); Methods of Measuring Wavefront Error (Ed Sarver); Ocular Wavefront Error Representation (Jim Schwiegerling); Normal Wavefront Error as a Function of Age and Pupil Size (Ray Applegate); Interpreting Wavefront Error in the Clinical Setting (Ronald Krueger); Transferring Wavefront Measurements to an Ablation Profile (Michael Mrochen); Wavefront Outcomes: Custom LASIK, PRK, and IntraLASIK (Steve Schallhorn); Retinal Image Quality Metrics and Visual Performance (Larry Thibos); and Past and Future Application of Adaptive Optics in Vision and Eye Care (David Williams).
The Basic Course will be followed by the following eight sessions each having four to five speakers (excepting free paper sessions):
Friday, February 15, 2008
Session I: Mining Accommodative Mechanisms for Presbyopic Solutions, organized by Adrian Glasser.
Session IIa: Approaches Attempting to Restore Accommodation, organized by Adrian Glasser.
Session lib: Compromising Optical Quality for Increasing Depth of Focus, organized by Jim Schwiegerling.
Session III: Short Free Paper Session (18) 5-minute presentations, moderated by Michael Mrochen.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Session IV: Modulating Ocular Biomechanics, organized by Ronald Krueger.
Session V: Applications of Femtosecond Lasers, organized by Holger Lubatschowski.
Session VI: The Next Wave of Adaptive Optics and Emerging Applications, organized by Austin Roorda.
Session VII: Application of Retinal Image Quality Metrics, organized by Jason Marsack.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Session VIII: Long Free Papers (14- to 15-minute papers) moderated by Ronald Krueger.
We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco for the 9th Congress.