Free CPD presbyopia lecture for ECPs
Prof James Wolffsohn at the University of Auckland

Free CPD presbyopia lecture for ECPs

April 3, 2024 Staff reporters

As part of his Hood Fellowship, visiting UK-based Professor James Wolffsohn, head of optometry at Aston University, Birmingham, will be giving a lecture on the latest research and treatments for presbyopia after work on Tuesday 16 April at the University of Auckland.


The Hood Fellowships programme is a philanthropically funded initiative designed to support visiting professors to foster academic collaboration between Auckland University and international universities.


Prof Wolffsohn is a renowned clinician scientist in dry eye, vice-chair of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) third Dry Eye Workshop and academic chair of the British Contact Lens Association, said Professor Jennifer Craig, head of the Ocular Surface Laboratory at the university’s Department of Ophthalmology, who is hosting Prof Wolffsohn’s four-month research visit. His main research areas include the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, contact lenses, intraocular lenses and the tear film. He has presented at numerous international conferences and published more than 280 peer-reviewed papers, including last year’s ‘New insights in presbyopia: impact of correction strategies’ in the British Journal of Ophthalmology¹.


“Presbyopia is generally the first sign of ageing we experience as human beings; the frustration that we can no longer focus, particularly on near distances,” said Prof Wolffsohn. “So my lecture will talk about how we can best understand that, how we can measure it.”


Prof Wolffsohn said he was looking forward to meeting more eyecare professionals in Auckland and learning about their own clinical experiences in presbyopia and dry eye. “With our ageing population, presbyopia is getting more important and patients are demanding more support. But while some eyecare areas have a lot of research to inform what they do, others, such as spectacle design, really don’t. I'll be talking about that and the latest pharmaceuticals for presbyopia – do they work? – and other attempts to restore eye focus. It’s a very exciting area.”


The lecture will be pitched at practitioners and researchers, so will be fairly high level and cover the latest research and interventions, said Prof Craig.


The lecture will be held in Building 507 (the new building across the road from the main FMHS building) on Tuesday 16 April. It will start at 5.15pm with nibbles and networking, followed by the lecture proper at 6-7pm and a brief Q&A. Prof Craig said she was delighted to announce the lecture will be sponsored by the Ophthalmic Instrument Company (OIC).


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  1. Wolffsohn JS, Davies LN, Sheppard AL. New insights in presbyopia: impact of correction strategies. BMJ Open Ophthalmol. 2023 Jan;8(1):e001122. doi: 10.1136/bmjophth-2022-001122. PMID: 37278419; PMCID: PMC9887707.