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O=MEGA and the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO) will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 8-10 September 2023. The conference promises to be a game-changer, bringing together experts and professionals from the optometric community around the world for a unique opportunity to share knowledge, research and ideas.

The newly released conference program boasts close to 100 sessions featuring a diverse range of topics and themes, including professional practice, Indigenous eye health, traumatic brain injury, public health, systemic disease, optometric education and myopia management, among many others.

Keynote speaker James Wolffsohn, a Professor of Optometry at Aston University since 2000, will present to delegates about ‘The Power of Consensus’.

“My address is about feeling secure in how you practice, giving your patients a better service, and embracing change in a safe and secure way,” Professor Wolffsohn said.

“With more and more journals on offer these days, it’s difficult to keep up with all the literature and impossible to be an expert in everything optometrically. By experts critically appraising the available literature and reaching consensus, it creates a reference for others to look up what they need to know, rather than rely on knowledge from their university days which becomes outdated at an increasing rate due to technology.”

Keynote speaker James S Wolffsohn


New to the format will be a Masterclass program featuring two separate streams – one for dispensing and one for practice management topics.

The practice management stream will cover topics such as inventory management, succession planning and building a myopia practice. The dispensing stream will cover topics such as lens and lifestyle needs for presbyopes, the emerging field of repeated low level red light therapy for myopia, ‘top tips’ sessions and common dispensing myths and misconceptions.

Ms Amanda Trotman, acting CEO of the Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA) said that, “We are excited to offer these streams in addition to the main clinical conference to provide tailored content for all roles within the practice so that the whole team can benefit from O=MEGA23/WCO4. The low price and ability to book one or multiple sessions allows for flexibility and enables for one or more sessions to be attended while team members visit the O=MEGA Trade Fair.”

Early bird registration is now open, closing on 30 April, 2023. Early bird registration is a great opportunity for professionals to save on their registration fee and secure their spot at the conference.

The conference will also feature the O=MEGA Trade Fair, showcasing the latest technologies, products and services from leading organisations within the sector.

The bi-annual O=MEGA event is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere, while the World Congress of Optometry is an international event hosted in a different city across the world also on a bi-annual basis. This partnership is a unique alignment and rare opportunity to combine a national and international audience to create the largest optometry conference in the country.

View the full program here.

Take advantage of the early bird registration rate before 30 April.

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