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Karen graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1989 and started her career as a high street optometrist, moving into practice management and regional training as well as pre-registration optometrist supervision. She became Professional Services Manager at Vision Express in 1998 looking after their national continuing education, graduate recruitment and pre-registration training programmes for over 9 years. She has also completed research placements at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and the Kingston Royal Eye Unit, Surrey, UK.
In 2008 she joined the Association of Optometrists (AOP) initially as Education Adviser and then as Head of Professional Development where she supported and mentored students and optometrists across the UK at all career stages. She designed and ran local and international continuing education conferences and became a media spokesperson on optometry, eye health and eye care, having appeared on the BBC, ITV, national and local radio and been quoted and written for national press and web media.
She has volunteered for NGO Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) since 2007, leading projects in Africa to provide training and sustainable eye care solutions in line with Vision2020. Her current responsibilities include Education and Training Technical Adviser for Vision Aid Overseas and is just concluding part of a Seeing is Believing programme in Botswana.
Currently Karen is taking a career break to complete a full-time Masters In Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. For her dissertation she will undertake the first survey of the optometry workforce in Botswana.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (2010), European Academy of Optometry (2011) and the College of Optometrists (2014), UK and a Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.
Dear Delegates
Thank you for your abstract submissions for the 2nd World Congress of Optometry.

We have received over 650 abstracts in total for the conference and appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the congress.

The scientific committee is working diligently to review the abstract submission. We intend to inform you of the outcomes by end of May 2017.

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Abstracts for oral, poster and workshop presentations has been closed

Authors will receive written notification of abstract acceptance by End of May, 2017

All presenters will be required to register for the Congress no later than June 30, 2017.

The closing date for submission for clinical photograph is April 17, 2017.

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