Optics & Refraction Lecture Series
Dr. David Hunter's lectures on optics
and refraction are among the most popular treatment of the topic anywhere
in the world. Until now, the only way you could experience these concise
and entertaining (considering the topic) lectures would be to travel
to a review course or attend a visiting professor lecture. That all
changed on March 9, 2010, when Dr. Hunter recorded his entire six-hour
lecture series, as presented at the 2010
San Antonio Ophthalmology Course,
and had it translated into "podcast" format. Now, anyone in the
world can benefit from these popular lectures — free of charge! The
slides are rendered in crisp detail, and a video camera captures Dr.
Hunter when he steps outside the PowerPoint to emphasize a teaching
topic. There is even an accompanying handout, which serves as an independent
study guide. Watch the lectures over and over, on your own time, to
the point of nausea if you wish.
For further review, you can purchase a copy of his book, Last-Minute Optics, from Slack or Amazon.
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About Dr. Hunter: David G. Hunter, MD, PhD is Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and the Richard M. Robb Chair of Ophthalmology at Children's Hospital Boston, President of the Children's Hospital Ophthalmology Foundation, Professor and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the 2010-11 Vice President of the 12,000-member Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Dr. Hunter obtained a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rice University and a PhD (in Cell Biology) and MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After he completed an ophthalmology residency at Harvard's Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, he was a fellow at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University, where he remained on faculty as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and of Biomedical Engineering until 2002, when he was selected as Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Children's. During his time at Children's, the Department of Ophthalmology at Children's Hospital Boston has grown to become the largest pediatric ophthalmology department in the nation and perhaps the world, with 30 full-time faculty, including 13 full-time and 3 affiliated MD ophthalmologists and 4 pediatric optometrists, with pediatric subspecialists in nearly every aspect of ophthalmology, as well as 7 full-time research faculty. The department also has created 7 endowed chairs as well as an endowed international observership to support clinical and basic research, teaching, and the worldwide dissemination of advances in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Dr. Hunter is co-author of the book Last Minute Optics, which was recently released in its second edition.
Dr. Hunter's clinical and research interests focus on strabismus and amblyopia. He is collaborating with the laboratory of Elizabeth Engle, MD to study the genetic contributions of common and complex strabismus (including the congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders (CCDDs) such as congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles (CFEOM) and Duane syndrome.) His clinical expertise includes evaluation and correction of strabismus (misaligned eyes) in adults and children, including highly complex cases, and treatment of pediatric cataracts with intraocular lens implantation. He is developing new approaches to strabismus surgery for complex cases, including adjustable sutures that can be adjusted several days after surgery, and superior rectus transposition (SRT) for Duane syndrome and sixth nerve palsy (see "Aligning the Eyes" webcast). He has a special interest in treating amblyopia without eye patches (using eye drops instead), eye muscle surgery using adjustable sutures to increase accuracy (in adults and children in some cases), using botulinum toxin injections into extraocular muscles to avoid eye muscle surgery, and diagnosing and treating strabismus that develops after other types of eye surgery in adults. He has been listed as a Best Doctor in Boston Magazine and Boston Now.
For more than 18 years Dr. Hunter has been developing technology to scan the eye and identify eye disease, including new approaches to identifying amblyopia in young children early in life using a non-invasive, rapid diagnostic scan. This has led to the invention of retinal birefringence scanning (RBS), a patented method that can detect the fixation of the eye from a distance, and the impending development of an RBS-based product known as the Pediatric Vision Scanner. Dr. Hunter is founder and owner of REBIScan, LLC, the company that will produce the PVS for use in pediatric offices and community vision screening programs.
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