Eastern Regional Event - Cambridge

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Date: 11 May 2017 6:00PM - 9:30PM

Location: Hallmark Hotel Cambridge, CB23 8EU

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Your next free member CET event in the Eastern region will be taking place in Cambridge on Thursday 11 May from 6pm. 

The evening will consist of an interactive lecture on glaucoma case studies using voting pads by Dr Paul Spry followed by a peer discussion.

Lecture: 1 interactive CET point

Peer discussion: 3 interactive CET

Competencies covered in peer discussion: communication, standards of practice, ocular disease, optical appliances, assessment of visual function and binocular vision

Expected timings for the evening:

6.00pm       Registration - buffet and networking
6.40pm       Welcome
7.00pm       Lecture: "Discs and dilemmas: optic nerve head interpretation in the context of glaucoma referral" by Dr Paul Spry
8.00pm       Refreshments and networking
8.20pm       Peer discussion - case study topics on consent, unlikely change in prescription (patients with Down's Syndrome) and binocular vision
9.30pm       Closing remarks and end of event

Further details

The peer discussion session will help optometrists improve their standards of patient care by discussing cases that are based on real practice with a small group of fellow clinicians. Discussing various approaches among peers stimulates interest and broadens perspectives as different practitioners may approach clinical and ethical problems in different ways. 

The peer discussion session is only open to fully qualified members. Students and pre-registration optometrists will not be able to attend the peer discussion, however are welcome to attend the lecture. Non-members are not permitted to attend the event.

There will be an interactive presentation from Dr Paul Spry on Glaucoma. Delegates will use voting technology to vote on the diagnosis, treatment and management of the cases presented. You will benefit from the opportunity to gain CET points and network with colleagues from across the region. Food will be served before the lecture, and drinks and refreshments provided throughout

Contact Nicola Pogson on +44(0)20 7766 4377 or email nicola.pogson@college-optometrists.org if you have any queries.


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Lecture: "Discs and dilemmas: optic nerve head interpretation in the context of glaucoma referral" by Dr Paul Spry


This interactive presentation has three aims; 

1. To revise and extend delegates’ knowledge and skills required for interpretation of optic nerve head signs that indicate development of glaucomatous optic neuropathy, achieved by describing a systematic approach to identification of optic nerve head signs encountered in glaucoma

2. To interpret disc appearance and other relevant clinical variables in the context of possible glaucoma-related referral

3. To increase awareness of subsequent glaucoma management scenarios for positively diagnosed patients.

Learning objectives:
  • To know how to examine the fundi using both direct and indirect techniques
  • To know how to use both a non-contact and contact tonometer to measure intraocular pressure and analyses and interprets the results
  • To recognise common ocular abnormalities and to refers when appropriate
  • To evaluate glaucoma risk factors, to detect glaucoma and refer accordingly.
Speaker biography:

Dr. Paul Spry is an Honorary Consultant at Bristol Eye Hospital and is Head of the Departments of Shared Care and Visual Electrophysiology. Directly after registering, he worked as research optometrist on the Bristol Shared Care Glaucoma Study from 1993 to 1998, gaining his PhD on visual field examination strategies in glaucoma in 1998. He then spent a 2 year period of post-doctoral research in Portland, Oregon, USA at Devers Eye Institute concentrating on detection of progressive glaucomatous visual field loss. After returning to Bristol Eye Hospital in 2000, he became Shared Care Department Head in 2003 and has overseen the departments subsequent growth. He also re-opened the hospital’s Visual Electrophysiology Unit in 2004. 

Paul has a Diploma in epidemiology from the University of London, a Diploma in Glaucoma from the College of Optometrists and is registered as in Independent Prescribing Optometrist with the GOC. He is past chairman of both the College of Optometrists’ glaucoma subject expert panel and independent prescribing examination standard setting panels. He has previously edited the Optometric Glaucoma Society Ejournal and co-authored the textbook, “Essential Glaucoma” with Dr Robert Harper in 2010. He has published over 40 glaucoma-related papers in medline referenced journals.

Hallmark Hotel Cambridge (formerly Menzies Cambridge)

Bar Hill
CB23 8EU
United Kingdom

Telephone: 012 5424 9988

Travel Information


By car:
From the north: A1 to A14.

  • Follow the signs to Cambridge and M11 and exit at B1050 Bar Hill. Take the road over the A14 to the roundabout and take the second exit to the hotel.
  • From the south: M11 to A14 following the signs for Huntingdon. Continue along the A14 and exit at the B1050 Bar Hill turning, then take the first turning off the roundabout to the hotel.
  • Please note, postcodes changed in Cambridge in 2009, so if you are using an older version Sat Nav, then please use the old postcode of CB3 8EU or input ‘Fox Hollow’, ‘Bar Hill’, ‘Cambridge’ which is an adjacent road to the hotel otherwise use CB23 8EU.

There are 300 complimentary spaces available on a firstcome first serve basis.

By train: Cambridge station is 7 miles from the hotel.

Take the number 1 or 2 bus from train station to the main bus station then the citi 5 will take you to the hotel.

By bus:
From the outside the hotel take the citi 5 to the city centre which will drop you at the main bus station near the market square.

Although the event is free of charge to College members, it is vital that you register in advance.

Please note, in order to attend the event , you must be a College member at the time of the event.

To book

 Email: nicola.pogson@college-optometrists.org

Call: +44(0) 20 7766 4347

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