On April 24 in Ottawa, Transitions Optical brought together experts in eye and skin health to discuss and explore the needs of today’s Millennials and their understanding of and attitudes toward protecting themselves from the sun.

The panel featured perspectives of eyecare professionals from the Transitions Change Agent program as well as representatives from the Canadian Association of Optometrists, Canadian Dermatology Association, Canadian Ophthalmological Society and Opticians Association of Canada.

A range of topics were discussed, including Millennial knowledge and misperceptions of different types of light, options for protection and what can be done to further increase education around sun protection.

The panel was moderated by Dr. Pete Kehoe, O.D., DOS, FAAO, FNAP, Principal, Kehoe Eye Care, PC, Professional Development Advisor for Transitions Optical. Participants included:
• Dr. Jennifer Beecker, MD, CCFP (EM), FRCPC, DABD, Canadian Dermatology Association Member
• Jennifer Brunet-Colvey, Executive Director and CEO, Canadian Ophthalmological Society
• Dr. Ralph Chou, Professor Emeritus of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science, Editor in Chief, Canadian Association of Optometrists
• Suzanne Joyal, Senior Marketing Strategist, Canadian Dermatology Association
• Robert Dalton CAE, LO, Executive Director, Opticians Association of Canada
• Dr. Bronwyn Mulherin, OD, Downtown Optometry Clinic, Transitions Change Agent
• Sheena Taff, Optician, Transitions Change Agent, 2016 Transitions Brand Ambassador
• Dr. Setareh Ziai, MD, FRCSC, Canadian Ophthalmological Society Member

A report of discussions from the panel will be included in a consensus paper, which is currently in development and will be available on the newly launched Transitions PRO tab on Transitions.com.