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Section on Ophthalmology.
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The Section on Ophthalmology (SOOp), founded in 1987, is dedicated to improving the care of infants, chil-
dren and adolescents by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments related to
ophthalmologic conditions in children.


Membership in the Section is open to physicians boarded by the American Board of Ophthalmology who devote
50% of their practice to the care of infants, children, and adolescents under the age of 15.

The SOOp is also open to Post Residency Training Fellows, Candidate Fellows and Orthoptists. Orthoptists who
are certified by the American Orthoptic Council and who dedicate at least 50% of their practice to pediatrics are
eligible for Affiliate Membership in SOOp.

For more information on Section Membership visit Section on Ophthalmology Membership Criteria.


The Section is active in fostering cooperation on children's eye health issues, both academic and political, with
the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) as well as the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology
and Strabismus (AAPOS). SOOp acts as an expert resource for the AAP by developing policies in areas such as
retinopathy of prematurity and diabetic retinopathy, and establishing guidelines for ophthalmologic examinations
in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Educational Opportunities

At the AAP National Conference & Exhibition, the Section proposes educational topics that would be of interest to
the general pediatrician. In addition, SOOp co-sponsors a booth on the exhibit floor with AAPOS to further educate
attendees about pediatric ophthalmology. "Why Can't EYE Learn? Learning Differences and Visual Perception
from a Pediatric Ophthalmology and Neuropsychology Perspective" is one example of the Section's ongoing com-
mitment to ophthalmologic education. This session introduced participants to the interdisciplinary science of
learning differences and presented strategies on how to identify signs and subtle mannerisms, as well as the
physical indications that signal a learning problem. Participants learned testing processes used to accurately as-
sess a child's learning problem. School placement services, in addition to special disability and educational law
services available to assist children and parents were discussed. The need for an interdisciplinary approach with
learning difference children including primary pediatrics, pediatric specialties including ophthalmology, otolaryng-
ology, neurology, and psychiatry plus education, psychology and legal specialties, and paramedical practices
were stressed throughout the course.

In addition, the Section on Ophthalmology sponsors a lectureship honoring Leonard Apt, MD, FAAP who
was the first fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist, having completed residency training in both pediatrics
and ophthalmology. For more information on the lectureship, please contact Jennifer Riefe at

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