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Optometry Tomorrow 2020

Date:

23 – 24 February 2020 Add to calendar

Location:

Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate
Telford
TF3 4JH

Topics:

AMD, Binocular vision, Cataract, Children, Contact lenses, Dementia, Glaucoma, Independent prescribing, Low vision, Medical retina, Myopia

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About

Welcome to the UK's leading optometry event! 

If you are looking to gain your interactive CET points for the cycle, stay up-to-date with developments in your profession and get to grips with the latest clinical innovations and techniques, look no further than Optometry Tomorrow 2020. The conference takes place Sunday 23 - Monday 24 February at the Telford International Centre. 
  • In 2019, Optometry Tomorrow attracted nearly 700 UK optometrists, keen and enthusiastic to learn and engage.
  • 99% said they would consider attending Optometry Tomorrow in the future.

The keynote speaker for 2020 is Professor Chris Hammond. Professor Hammond is the Frost Professor of Ophthalmology at King's College London and a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at St Thomas' Hospital. The Charter lecture will be on, genetics of risk in eye health. Other speakers at the conference include; Kam Balaggan, Simon Frackiewicz, Dr Greg Heath and many more. Click here to see the full list. The conference programme will include, BV, foreign bodies, OCT workshops, glaucoma, gonioscopy and a therapeutics stream. The full programme is now live and can be viewed here

5k run 

New for 2020! If you enjoy running or want an active fun start to your Sunday morning join us for a 5k run around Telford Town Park. Taking part is free of charge and all abilities and levels welcome. The run will start at 7am and runners will meet at Entrance one at the Telford International Centre.

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Programme

Click here to download a PDF version of the programme. 

Please note you can manually amend your sessions up until 5pm on Friday 7 February. After that time you will need to call the Events Team on 020 7766 4347/4377.

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9.35 AM

This talk covers glaucoma medical therapy and the issue with generic prescription so optometrist can understand how their patients are being treated and can communicate with patients better. It covers the newest topical medication imerging onto the market and the potential shift of SLT laser as first line therapy (Light trial). Attendees will be informed on the advancement in glaucoma surgical training. Newer microvasive glaucoma surgery and their place in the glaucoma continuum. Advancement has also been made in the severe complicated end of glaucoma as well as IOP monitoring.

Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to explain effectively to patients what medical therapies are available for treating glaucoma
  • To understand the new medications available for treating glaucoma and the results from the LiGHT trial and understand how this may impact on future treatment for glaucoma patients
  • To understand the range of medication and surgery available for treating glaucoma

Speakers

Leon Au

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Patients with dementia are increasingly common in community practice, so understanding the condition and it's effects on vision is an important skill for optometrists.
This lecture covers:
1. The different types of dementia

2. How dementia affects patients and the sight problems they may present with

3. How best to perform an ocular examination for a patient with dementia.

Target audience: Optometrist 

Competencies covered: Communication, Ocular disease and Assessment of visual function

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to understand the issues around dementia and sight loss and so to be able to explain the changes to patients and their carers more effectively.
  • To understand the effects of dementia on vision and visual loss and so is able to manage patients appropriately.
  • To improve the understanding of how to assess vision in patients with dementia and how to adapt your examination techniques

Speakers

Paul Ursell

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Cataract Doctor

This is an interactive discussion workshop on the use of OCT to diagnose and manage a range of conditions including dry and wet AMD, CSR, DMO, macular oedema with VOs and adult vitelliform. The workshop will include images and case studies for a range of patients.

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Target group: Optometrist 
Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the ability to understand OCT images of the macula and fundus
  • To be able to recognise patients presenting with macula disease, to interpret their OCT images and to understand which require referral
  • To be able to interpret OCT images in diabetic patients and be able to refer them appropriately

Speakers

Rachel Thomas

Lead Optometrist
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dispensing well-fitting glasses for paediatric patients is of the utmost importance for their visual development and comfort. This hands-on workshop will consider the main facial differences between adults and children and how this should be reflected in the choice of frame that is dispensed. During this workshop, participants will consider three different paediatric case studies, and for each one, choose the appropriate frame and lenses, take the required measurements and adjust and modify the frame accordingly.

Competencies covered: 
Optometrist: Communication and Optical appliances 
Dispensing optician: Communicaiton and Optical appliances 
 

Target group: Optometrist and Dispensing optician 

Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the understanding of paediatric frame fitting and so be able to explain the importance of accurate frame fitting and lens combinations in a manner appropriate to both the patients and the parents or guardian, (including paediatric aphakic patients).
  • To improve understanding of a child’s facial features to be able to dispense a range of appropriate frames, taking into consideration the lens form type and positioning in such frames, and advise on the most appropriate lenses.
  • To be able to interpret a prescription (including complex lenses, multifocals and high corrections) and dispense the most appropriate lens design and frame type suitable for paediatric patients and their demands and to be able to adjust the frame appropriately.
  • To improve the understanding of paediatric frame fitting (including paediatric aphakic patients) and so to be able to dispense and adjust the most appropriate frame design.

Speakers

Jessica Gowing

Senior Dispensing Optician
Great Ormond Street Hospital

A short presentation will take place on managing a patient presenting with a suspected ocular foreign body. A hands-on session will follow where attendees can practice removing embedded foreign bodies from synthetic eyes using sterile needles at the slit lamp. This will improve the skills of the attendees to allow safe management of these patients in the community.

Competenices covered: Ocular examination and Standards of practice 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be more confident in managing a corneal foreign body and how to look for possible complications using a slit lamp
  • To understand the drugs used in the investigation and removal of a foreign body (anaesthetic, cycloplegic and dilation drugs).
  • To understand which patients presenting with foreign bodies are safe to manage fully in practice and which cases should be referred.

Speakers

Malcolm McPherson MCOptom

Independent Optometrist
McPherson Optometry

Sessions in the IP stream are primarily aimed at optometrists who have, or are studying towards the therapeutics qualifications. 

The presentation will outline the basics behind ocular immunology and the pathogenesis of allergy in the eye. There will then be discussion of the symptoms of ocular allergy and the clinical signs that distinguish ocular allergy from other ocular surface diseases. Finally there will be a review of the treatment strategies available to both IP and non-IP qualified optometrists.

Target audience: Optometrist and Therapeutic prescriber

Competencies covered: 
Optometrist: Ocular disease 
Therapeutic prescriber: Knowledge and Options 

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the immunology behind the allergic response and the signs and symptoms patients present with
  • To recognise the signs and symptoms of ocular allergy and when patients can be managed in optometric practice
  • To appreciate the management strategies for ocular allergy and the therapeutic agents available to optometrists
  • To understand the immunology behind the allergic response and the progression of the conditions
  • To recognise the signs and symptoms of ocular allergy and so make a differential diagnosis from other ocular conditions
  • To appreciate the management strategies for ocular allergy and the therapeutic agents available to IP optometrists

Speakers

Dr Karen French MCOptom

Head of Optometry
North West Anglia Foundation Trust

This discussion workshop explores the evolution of soft contact lens materials over the last 20 
years and explores today’s prescribing habits.
Delegates will take part in 3 discussions based on pre prepared patient’s cases being fitted with or already wearing contact lenses. The groups will evaluate the benefits of modern contact lens materials and how their own prescribing habits compare with others in the group and with the industry as a whole.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

The session covers the latest guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on managing cataracts in adults aged 18 and over. The workshop aims to improve care before, during and after cataract surgery by optimising service, referral and surgical management, and reducing complications. It also covers the availability of information for people with cataracts before, during and after cataract surgery.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Dr Alexander Silvester


SPAMEDICA

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10.40 AM

The lecture will start by describing what to assess when examining a patient who presents with a potential optic nerve problem. Emphasis will be on history taking, clinical features and techniques that are used to assess the patient’s optic nerve. This will be highlighted with the use of case examples of patients seen in clinic.

The talk will include referral guidance, including how urgently to refer based on the clinical findings.

Competencies covered: Communication, Ocular disease, Standards of practice and Ocular examination 

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the importance of history taking in patients presenting with possible optic nerve problems
  • To understand the different examination techniques used for patients presenting with possible optic nerve problems 
  • To understand how urgently to refer patients presenting with possible optic problems 

Speakers

Dr Greg Heath

Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist
York Hospital

AMD is a common disorder, so knowledge about this condition and current treatments/research is important for optometrists. This lecture will update delegates on current research and clinical trials for treatment for patients with wet and dry AMD. They will understand what the current options are and possible future treatments. This includes current medical treatments and new trials into gene therapy and stem cell replacement.
Modifiable risk factors and prevention of dry AMD will also be discussed.

Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to explain effectively to patients what therapies are available for treating AMD
  • To understand the new medications available for treating AMD and the results from recent trials such as gene and stem cell therapy and how these may impact on future treatment for AMD patients
  • To understand the range of medications and therapies available for treating AMD patients
  • To be able to support patients in lifestyle changes when discussing modifiable risk factors for the development of AMD.

Speakers

Tomas Burke

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Bristol Eye Hospital

This is an interactive discussion workshop on the use of OCT to diagnose and manage a range of conditions including dry and wet AMD, CSR, DMO, macular oedema with VOs and adult vitelliform. The workshop will include images and case studies for a range of patients.

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Target group: Optometrist 
Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the ability to understand OCT images of the macula and fundus
  • To be able to recognise patients presenting with macula disease, to interpret their OCT images and to understand which require referral
  • To be able to interpret OCT images in diabetic patients and be able to refer them appropriately

Speakers

Rachel Thomas

Lead Optometrist
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

There will be a short, informal tutorial relating to when and why Goldmann should be used in a primary care setting and moving on to Goldmann tonometry safe set up and usage. The majority of the session allows the delegates to practice Goldmann tonometry with a patient at a slit lamp.

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Standards of practice 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to safely set up and use a goldmann tonometer
  • To understand how to provide appropriate explanation and advice to the patient when carrying out contact tonometry (covering the process, risks, after procedure advice)
  • To understand the current referral and refinement pathways in glaucoma and how to use the results to safely manage patients when carrying out tonometry.

Speakers

Rachel Pointon MCOptom

Optometrist

A short presentation will take place on managing a patient presenting with a suspected ocular foreign body. A hands-on session will follow where attendees can practice removing embedded foreign bodies from synthetic eyes using sterile needles at the slit lamp. This will improve the skills of the attendees to allow safe management of these patients in the community.

Competenices covered: Ocular examination and Standards of practice 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be more confident in managing a corneal foreign body and how to look for possible complications using a slit lamp
  • To understand the drugs used in the investigation and removal of a foreign body (anaesthetic, cycloplegic and dilation drugs).
  • To understand which patients presenting with foreign bodies are safe to manage fully in practice and which cases should be referred.

Speakers

Malcolm McPherson MCOptom

Independent Optometrist
McPherson Optometry

A range of different corneal conditions will be presented and assessment, management, differential diagnosis and treatment discussed. There will also be an emphasis on the link between systemic conditions and corneal involvement. The talk includes several case scenarios from patients who may present in optometric practice particularly to those practitioners who work in local minor eye condition schemes and/or those who use an independent prescribing qualification.

Target group: Optometrist and Therapeutic optometrist 

Competencies covered: 

Optometrist: Communication and Ocular disease 

Therapeutic prescriber: Options, Knowledge and Safe

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the relevant history and symptoms required, relating to patients presenting with corneal conditions
  • To understand how to evaluate the different management options for different corneal conditions
  • To understand medical management in corneal conditions, the link to systemic conditions, and roles of different healthcare professionals
  • To understand medical management in corneal conditions and the options available for IP optometrists
  • To appreciate the potential adverse effects when treating patients with corneal conditions
  • To understand the roles of different healthcare professionals and when referral or guidance from a specialist may be required in corneal conditions

Sessions in the IP stream are primarily aimed at optometrists who have, or are studying towards the therapeutics qualifications. 

Speakers

Sophie Harper FCOptom DipTP(IP)

Lead Assessor
College of Optometrists

The feedback loop for referrals from optometry into ophthalmology seems to be an eternal conundrum for both professions. In the absence of feedback, referrals seldom improve without local initiatives around training and communication. This talk will provide insightful and, at times amusing, insight about our referrals (all anonymous of course) – the good, bad and the ugly – and most importantly the true picture of what exactly happens next. Attending this lecture will improve your understanding of the value of an appropriate referral.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Professor Teifi James


Thea Pharmaceuticals

The session covers the latest guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on managing cataracts in adults aged 18 and over. The workshop aims to improve care before, during and after cataract surgery by optimising service, referral and surgical management, and reducing complications. It also covers the availability of information for people with cataracts before, during and after cataract surgery

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Dr Alexander Silvester


SPAMEDICA

All delegates will need to meet at the Essilor stand (number four & five) within the exhibiton (Hall three).

30 minutes, 5 patients; managing patients over 40 years old by Johnson & Johnson Vision - delivered by Dr Rachel Hiscox:
With an ageing population, knowing how to manage ageing patients, ensuring their visual, ocular health & lifestyle needs are taken into account is a key part of the role of an optician. With ageing comes changes to vision, the tear film and other ocular structures, making these patients a particular challenge.

This discussion workshop presents 5 patient cases, all with complaints which are typical of older patients. Delegates will work together in groups of no more than 10 to diagnose and manage each patient case in their own time, with each case presented on a laptop. Cases will include a selection of 5 of the following: a video of history and symptoms, slit lamp examination of lids and lashes, slit lamp video showing tear break up time, record cards showing contact lens fit record, slit lamp video showing negative corneal staining, slit lamp photo showing MGD. After discussion as a group, the facilitator will review each case in turn, giving the correct diagnosis and management protocol, based upon latest evidence based research and management guidelines.

How can we use technology to manage dry eye by Essilor - delivered by Nicholas Dash

A short lecture and demonstration on new advances in dry eye treatment that can be applied in practice. This interactive workshop will look at how intense regulated pulse light (IRPL) is used in dry eye treatment. We also look at its successes and applications to date and discuss in-depth research that has been conducted Worldwide in the field of dry eye management.

Target group: Optometrist 

Competencies covered: Ocular examination, Contact lenses, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

Learning objectives: 

  • To appreciate which investigations are most useful in a dry eye assessment.
  • To appreciate that different contact lens materials may interact differently in an unstable tear film to provide a more satisfactory wearing experience.
  • To understand the research and applications of new methods to manage dry eye treatment and how/when to apply these to practice.
  • To understand how dry eye conditions can be managed with technology and is aware of the results of successes in this area.


These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

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11.40 AM

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12.05 PM

This lecture will use a series of patient cases to cover a range of binocular vision anomalies presenting in adults. The presenter will lead the audience from the initial presenting signs and symptoms, through an appropriate investigation ending with the best management plan. It will discuss differential diagnosis, clinical pearls and what to watch out for along the way.

The patients cover a range of types of binocular vision anomalies, both longstanding and of recent onset, such as convergance insufficiency, abnormal retinal correspondance and a case of a superior oblique palsy.

Competencies covered: Communication and Binocular vision

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the understanding of the questions required to follow up on the symptoms of adults presenting with a possible binocular vision anomaly.
  • To understand the most appropriate investigations to carry out on an adult presenting with symptoms of a binocular vision anomaly and interpret the results to understand their binocular vision status.
  • To improve the understanding of the management of adults presenting with a binocular vision anomaly and to differentiate between those that can be managed in practice and those that require referring.
  • To be able to identify, manage and refer appropriately adults presenting with an incomitant deviation.

Speakers

Dr Miriam Conway

Senior Lecturer
City University

This session will cover the following:
What is a learning disability?
What visual problems do people with learning disabilities have?
How might we detect visual problems in someone with learning disabilities?
What do people with learning disabilities think about sight tests?
Creating a good experience for the patient, carer and yourself
What else can I offer a patient with learning disabilities and visual problems?
NHS England Special Schools Eye Care Programme – how can I get involved?

Competencies covered: 

Optometrist: Standards of practice, Optical appliances, Communication and Assessment of visual function 

Dispensing optician: Standards of practice, Low vision and Communication 

Target group: Optometrist and Dispensing optician

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to understand how to communicate effectively with patients with learning disabilities during an eye examination
  • To understand how patients with learning disabilities and visual impairment may benefit from a range of low vision aids
  • To understand how to communicate effectively with patients with learning disabilites and their carers
  • To improve the understanding of the best techniques to use to examine patients with learning disabilities and the visual problems they may have.

Speakers

Rachel Pilling

Consultant Ophthalmologist Clinical Lead NHS England Special School Eye Care Programme
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed worldwide. In many healthcare settings Community Optometrists are the first port of call for advice on post-op issues following cataract surgery and very often, the post-operative assessment is all done in the community.
Community Optometrists therefore need the knowledge and skills required to deliver this service.

This discussion workshop will be an interactive session of all topics relevant to post-op issues following cataract surgery allowing delegates to reflect on their current practice in light of the expectations of secondary care providers to deliver post-operative care.
The session will be based on real patient cases, the optometrists will discuss four or five clinical presentations, what to look for and what their management would be.
They will then be guided on the appropriate management plan both for IP and non-IP optometrists.

Target group: Optometrist and Therapeutic prescriber

Competenices covered: 
Optometrist:
Standards of Practice and Ocular disease
Therapeutic prescriber: Knowledge and Options

Learning objectives: 

  • Optometrists will have a better understanding of how to differentiate between serious and not so serious cataract post-operative complications and when referal back to ophthalmology is required
  • Optometrists will have an improved understanding of the examination and identification of post-operative complications following cataract surgery and how to identify when referral is required
  • Optometrists will have a better understanding of the treatment of cataract and how to treat and manage post-operative complications
  • To have an improved understanding of the various conditions that may present following cataract surgery, how to identify them and the severity of the condition
  • To understand how to make a differential diagnosis between conditions that may present in patients following cataract surgery
  • To understand the various pharmalogical treatments for conditions that present following cataract surgery and how to manage post-operative complications

Speakers

Aravind Reddy

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
NHS Grampian

This discussion workshop uses real patient cases where visual field interpretation has been needed to make sound clinical decisions. The cases are typical of patients encountered in primary care optometric practice and include conditions affecting different parts of the visual pathway from cornea to cortex.
Common dilemmas will be discussed including deciding on when to repeat, refer or monitor, when to suspect neurological or dual pathology, and what to do when visual field results conflict with other ocular examination findings. The process of clinical decision-making will be explored and ideas exchanged on how to be confident in managing the inherent uncertainty of this subjective but vital part of ocular examination.

Target group: Optometrist

Competencies covered: Ocular examination, Ocular disease and Standards of practice

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to interpret and analyse the results of visual field testing in the context of patients’ overall ocular status and risk profile
  • To be able to recognise when a visual field test result could indicate a neurological condition, and manage appropriately
  • To be able to decide if and when to repeat a visual test, and avoid both over and under-investigating visual field status
  • To be able to decide if and when to refer a patient with equivocal visual field test results

Speakers

Angela Whitaker MCOptom

Senior Lecturer and Medical Optometrist
Cardiff University and University Hospital of Wales

In the UK there is an estimated 7,300 new cases of retinal detachment every year and many patients will present with flashes and floaters to Optometrists in the primary care setting. The biggest cause of a retinal detachment is from a posterior vitreous detachment which occurs mostly between the 5th and 7th decade of life. This skills workshop will supplement the previous lecture on PVDs and retinal tears by further focusing on the practical and systematic approach to the assessment and management of the patient who presents with flashes and floaters. Particular emphasis will be made on the how to properly perform dynamic vitreous and Weiss ring assessments in order to detect PVDs and Schaffer’s sign. Most of the workshop will be dedicated to practicing the essential practical skills required specifically for peripheral retinal examination to detect and not miss retinal breaks in all patients. Discussion will also focus on how to differentiate the various types of retinal breaks (including acute versus chronic breaks, atrophic round holes, horseshoe tears, operculated tears, retinal dialyses, and giant retinal tears) and how to differentiate those breaks that require urgent treatment from those that can merely be observed. Optometrists will have opportunity to examine several patients with signs of PVD and retinal detachments and so should feel confident in investigating and appropriately managing patients that present with symptoms of flashes and floaters after this workshop.

Competencies covered: Communication, Ocular disease and Ocular examination 

Target audience: Optometrist

Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the advice given when patients present with flashes and floaters, so optometrists are able to communicate appropriate advice and explain the referral pathway 
  • To understand the risk factors for Retinal Detachment and PVD 
  • To be able to develop a management plan for the investigation of the patient with symtoms of retinal detachment by using dilation, direct slit lamp and volk examination ensuring appropriate referral
  • To improve the skills when examining patients with an indirect ophthalmoscope looking for signs of a retinal detachment

This workshop is being repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2019. If you attended this workshop you won't be able to get the CET points again. 

Speakers

Kam Balaggan

Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts
Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary

Sessions in the IP stream are primarily aimed at optometrists who have, or are studying towards the therapeutics qualifications. 

This seminar will discuss systemic medications and their potential to impact on the eye, particularly with respect to older people with frailty, and how to identify patients at risk of polypharmacy.
The session will discuss patient cases, common drug side effects and intolerance, and consider how to work in relationship with other professionals, such as local GPs and consultants, to manage patients more effectively.

Target group: Optometrist and Therapeutic prescriber
Competencies covered: 
Optometrist: Communication and Ocular Disease
Therapeutic prescriber: Knowledge and Options  

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand how to effectively discuss with patients the impact of their systemic disease and its treatment on the eye
  • To understand the broad therapeutic areas for topical ophthalmic prescribing in primary care
  • To understand the common side effects and drug interactions encountered in primary care and be able to identify patients who may be at risk of side effects and possible interactions with other medication
  • To be able to understand the broad therapeutic areas for topical ophthalmic prescribing in primary care
  • To be able to understand the common side effects and drug interactions encountered in primary care and identify patients at risk of interactions with other medications
  • To be able to consider a suitable framework for managing the risk of polypharmacy in patients

Speakers

Dr Nav Chana

National Clinical Director
National Association of Primary Care

Insights show that our presbyopic patient population is on the increase and that these patients are living more active and potentially more visually demanding lifestyles than ever before. In this interactive discussion workshop, using real patient feedback, we will examine the importance of clear questioning to uncover a presbyopic patient's individual needs followed by how changes to communication with them can make a big difference to their experience, understanding and ultimately their long-term visual outcome.

Learning objectives:
1.1.1 Delegates will appreciate the importance of a full and complete investigation of patient’s lifestyle needs and personal requirements.
2.1.1 Delegates will be aware of the need to explore all the suitable options for a patient following a refraction and make the appropriate recommendations.
2.5.3 Delegates will appreciate how remaining up to date with clinical insights and current research will enable them to provide the most appropriate care and recommendations to their patients.
5.1.1 Delegates will understand the importance of selecting a suitable contact lens, taking into consideration the needs of the patient and planned use.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Faye McDearmid MCOptom

Optometrist
Campell and McDearmid Optometrists

Sarah Long

Professional Affairs Consultant
Johnson & Johnson Vision

Dr Rachel Hiscox MCOptom

Professional Affairs Manager
Johnson & Johnson Vision

An interactive discussion session centred around 3 case scenarios, allowing delegates to discuss a patient management plan for each one.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

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This lecture will give an overview of different types of retinal vascular disease, including conditions such as retinal artery and vein oclusions and hypertensive retinopathy, as well as less common genetic vascular disorders.
The talk will cover the key signs to look out for, including interpreting OCT scans, the appropriate referal and management of the patient and the current treatments for the various conditions.
It will also discuss how to monitor these patients in the community once they have been discharged from the hospital eye service.

Target group: Optometrist

Competencies covered: Standards of practice and Ocular disease

Learning objectives:

  • To understand when patients presenting with retinal vascular disorders require referring to secondary care
  • To be able to recognise the common causes of retinal vascular disorders and the relationship with systemic disease
  • To recognise common retinal vascular disorders and to be able to refer patients appropriately
  • To understand the current treatments for a range of common retinal vascular disorders

Speakers

Rabia Bourkiza

Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataract College Tutor
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Same day bilateral cataract surgery has been taboo but there is firm evidence that this is safe and very advantageous for all stakeholders provided some essential rules are adhered to. The practice has gained acceptance and popularity in a small number of countries. It is important for optometrists as primary eye care providers to be up to date and be at the forefront of this wave, in order to provide the best advice to patients.
This presentation covers the following points.
- It is important that each of the two eyes bear visually significant cataracts.
- High risk or complex cases should be avoided.
- Each operation must be treated as a separate operation with new gloves and gowns, and a new set of instruments, to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
- There is also the option not to proceed should the first eye cataract surgery have not gone completely well.
- The concept of conditional probability.
- Patient, surgeon and hospital selection.
- Advantages of ISCBS to patients, relatives and carers, healthcare providers and society.
- Medico-legal issues, ethics and risk management.
 

Competencies covered: Standards of practice, Communication and Ocular disease 

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the consent process and the information a patient needs to understand and agree to, to ensure they are fully informed before proceeding with same day bilateral cataract surgery
  • To understand the advantages and risks associated with same day bilateral cataract surgery and so be able to explain effectively to appropriate patients
  • To understand which patients may be suitable for same day bilateral cataract surgery, the risks and the benefits associated with the procedure and so to refer patients appropriately
  • To understand the current research and evidence on Immediately Sequential Bilateral Cataract Surgery (ISBCS) and so to be aware of patients who may be suitable for the procedure and the medico-legal issues involved.

Speakers

Professor Christopher Liu

Honorary Clinical Professor, Senior Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Medical Director
Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Tongdean Eye Clinic

This session is aimed at delegates who are new to OCT or would like a basic refresher.

This interactive session is predominantly aimed at optometrists who are new to OCT, or those who would like a basic refresher. In this session we will cover the basic principles of OCT, refresh memories on retinal anatomy and apply this to interpreting OCT images. A simple step-by-step approach to analysing OCT images will be provided. The main emphasis for this session will be on retinal imaging.

Competencies covered: Standards of Practice, Ocular Disease

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives:

  • To understand how the OCT works and its different optometric applications 
  • To interpret macular OCT images and recognise common abnormalities 
  • To provide a tentative diagnosis based on an OCT image and differentiate between dry and wet AMD 

This workshop is being repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2019. If you attended this workshop you won't be able to get the CET points again. 

Speakers

Dr Irene Ctori MCOptom

Council Member and Senior Lecturer
The College of Optometrists and City, University of London

Delegates will have the opportunity to practice their binocular vision testing skills on patients with a variety of binocular vision disorders which may present during routine optometric practice. The session will be lead and facilitated by orthoptists working in the hospital eye service who will be able to share their expertise and demonstrate techniques for getting the best quality information from the tests, and help delegates interpret the results to get an accurate diagnosis.

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Binocular vision
Learning obejectives: 

  • To understand the most appropriate tests for assessing ocular deviation and motility during every day optometric practice
  • To understand the appropriate tests and investigations on patients presenting with binocular vision disorders and interpret the results in order to formulate a diagnosis and appropriate management
  • To learn various techniques which may help identify subtle incomitant binocular vision disorders presenting during a routine eye examination and manage them appropriately

Speakers

Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom

Optometrist/Orthoptist
Robert Frith Optometrists

In the UK there is an estimated 7,300 new cases of retinal detachment every year and many patients will present with flashes and floaters to Optometrists in the primary care setting. The biggest cause of a retinal detachment is from a posterior vitreous detachment which occurs mostly between the 5th and 7th decade of life. This skills workshop will supplement the previous lecture on PVDs and retinal tears by further focusing on the practical and systematic approach to the assessment and management of the patient who presents with flashes and floaters. Particular emphasis will be made on the how to properly perform dynamic vitreous and Weiss ring assessments in order to detect PVDs and Schaffer’s sign. Most of the workshop will be dedicated to practicing the essential practical skills required specifically for peripheral retinal examination to detect and not miss retinal breaks in all patients. Discussion will also focus on how to differentiate the various types of retinal breaks (including acute versus chronic breaks, atrophic round holes, horseshoe tears, operculated tears, retinal dialyses, and giant retinal tears) and how to differentiate those breaks that require urgent treatment from those that can merely be observed. Optometrists will have opportunity to examine several patients with signs of PVD and retinal detachments and so should feel confident in investigating and appropriately managing patients that present with symptoms of flashes and floaters after this workshop.

Competencies covered: Communication, Ocular disease and Ocular examination 

Target audience: Optometrist

Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the advice given when patients present with flashes and floaters, so optometrists are able to communicate appropriate advice and explain the referral pathway 
  • To understand the risk factors for Retinal Detachment and PVD 
  • To be able to develop a management plan for the investigation of the patient with symtoms of retinal detachment by using dilation, direct slit lamp and volk examination ensuring appropriate referral
  • To improve the skills when examining patients with an indirect ophthalmoscope looking for signs of a retinal detachment

This workshop is being repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2019. If you attended this workshop you won't be able to get the CET points again. 

Speakers

Kam Balaggan

Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts
Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary

Sessions in the IP stream are primarily aimed at optometrists who have, or are studying towards the therapeutics qualifications. 

Community IP can be challenging. 
Case management reflects, not just clinical guidelines, but patient expectations and the unique circumstances of each case. These uncontrollable variables will influence management.
The most appropriate decisions may not, in the clinician’s expert opinion, necessarily follow official guidelines of classic management for diagnosed entities. Patient expectations will impact on what is considered to be in the patient’s best interests.
With real case examples, particular management strategies will be discussed and debated with delegates. Delegate participation is anticipated. If alterative managements are proposed these need to be supported by consideration of the singular presentation; it may not be appropriate to simply restate structured guidelines. 
It is anticipated, via the interactive voting pads, an enthusiastic dialogue will demonstrate the diversity of management needs in the community.
 

Competencies covered: 

Optometrist: Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

Therapeutic prescriber: Always improving, Share decision making and Options

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand how to constantly improve and hone decision making skills via audit and self-reflection.
  • To understand a range of risk factors for common ocular conditions and so improve the investigation and clinical decision making for patients
  • To include the patient in the decision-making process; taking consideration of all possibilities to ensure the patient’s best interests are prioritised.
  • To be able to consider cases individually; appreciating the challenges and uniqueness each scenario presents and how to decide on the appropriate investigations required, interpret the results and consequently look at the management options

Speakers

Dr Peter Frampton FCOptom

Medical Optometrist
Aaron Optometrists

The feedback loop for referrals from optometry into ophthalmology seems to be an eternal conundrum for both professions. In the absence of feedback, referrals seldom improve without local initiatives around training and communication. This talk will provide insightful and, at times amusing, insight about our referrals (all anonymous of course) – the good, bad and the ugly – and most importantly the true picture of what exactly happens next. Attending this lecture will improve your understanding of the value of an appropriate referral.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Professor Teifi James


Thea Pharmaceuticals

Please note this session is only open to College supervisors and is repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2018

This session will help pre-registration supervisors understand how to become more effective supervisors in a busy practice. The seminar will review good practice in the taking of a history from a patient. It will consider how to be assured of the standard of trainees, in particular sampling and observing the trainee.
Using a real life scenario we will prepare feedback and consider with our peers how to discuss with a trainee how to improve.

Competencies covered: Communication and Standards of practice

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives:

  • To consider the content, approach and method of obtaining a relevant history and symptoms
  • To consider and understand how as supervisors we can be assured of the quality of our trainee’s work, to ensure a good standard of patient care
  • To understand how to observe a real history taking and consider how to give effective feedback to trainees and so to be able to intervene if necessary.

Speakers

Ruth Bennett MCOptom

Deputy Lead Assessor
The College of Optometrists

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3.10 PM

This session will include a brief overview of different types of headache and how they present. The main focus will be migraines. There will be a review of “eye signs” in headache patients. There will be review of idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Competencies covered: Communication, Ocular disease and Standards of practice

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the history taking of patients presenting with headaches, understanding the questions required to elicit relevant symptoms and so ensure appropriate investigation
  • To be able to understand the signs and symptoms of patients presenting with various types of headaches and so investigate and manage the patient appropriately
  • To understand when patients presenting with headaches require referring and further investigations in secondary care
  • To be able to recognise the common ocular causes of headache and understand when referral is required, with the appropriate urgency.

Speakers

Dr Benjamin Wakerley

Consultant Neurologist
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

There will be two presenters discussing myopia control, a review of the literature and applications in practice. The session will review the latest research into the causes of myopia, including the recently published IMI (International Myopia Institute) White Papers. Topics covered will include genetic and environmental risk factors for myopia, as well as recent progress in ‘precision medicine’ approaches towards identification of children at increased risk of high myopia. The relevance of the research to the management of children with myopia in clinical practice will be highlighted.
Four real life cases will be discussed:
1. High myope who has been seen over about 30 years. First with spectacles, then corneal contact lenses, then a combination and finally now with ICL implants.
2.Moderate myope child (with a highly myopic dad with complications) corrected with Ortho K and Spectacle and soft contact lenses in summer due to seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.
3.High myope associated with cataracts associated iatrogenic nuclear sclerosis.
4.East Asian couple with high myopia with myopic maculopathy – husband and wife

Target group: Optometrist and dispensing optician 

Competencies covered; 

Optometrist: Communication, Ocular disease and Standards of practice

Dispensing optician: Communication and Standards of practice 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to inform patients and their families about the current status of ‘precision medicine’ for myopia control and the options for management
  • To be able to understand the relationship between genetic and environmental risk factors for myopia and to be able to discuss it with children and their families
  • To understand the current research and so to be able to take evidence-based decisions when managing children with myopia
  • To be able to inform patients and their families about the current status of ‘precision medicine’ for myopia control and the options for management
  • To understand the current research and so to be able to take evidence-based decisions when advising children with myopia

Speakers

Suresh Munyal MCOptom

Optometrist
Eyesite Eyecare Centres and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire

Professor Jeremy Guggenheim MCOptom

Professor
Cardiff University

This session is aimed at delegates who are new to OCT or would like a basic refresher.

This interactive session is predominantly aimed at optometrists who are new to OCT, or those who would like a basic refresher. In this session we will cover the basic principles of OCT, refresh memories on retinal anatomy and apply this to interpreting OCT images. A simple step-by-step approach to analysing OCT images will be provided. The main emphasis for this session will be on retinal imaging.

Competencies covered: Standards of Practice, Ocular Disease

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives:

  • To understand how the OCT works and its different optometric applications 
  • To interpret macular OCT images and recognise common abnormalities 
  • To provide a tentative diagnosis based on an OCT image and differentiate between dry and wet AMD 

This workshop is being repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2019. If you attended this workshop you won't be able to get the CET points again. 

Speakers

Dr Irene Ctori MCOptom

Council Member and Senior Lecturer
The College of Optometrists and City, University of London

Delegates will have the opportunity to practice their binocular vision testing skills on patients with a variety of binocular vision disorders which may present during routine optometric practice. The session will be lead and facilitated by orthoptists working in the hospital eye service who will be able to share their expertise and demonstrate techniques for getting the best quality information from the tests, and help delegates interpret the results to get an accurate diagnosis.

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Binocular vision
Learning obejectives: 

  • To understand the most appropriate tests for assessing ocular deviation and motility during every day optometric practice
  • To understand the appropriate tests and investigations on patients presenting with binocular vision disorders and interpret the results in order to formulate a diagnosis and appropriate management
  • To learn various techniques which may help identify subtle incomitant binocular vision disorders presenting during a routine eye examination and manage them appropriately

Speakers

Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom

Optometrist/Orthoptist
Robert Frith Optometrists

In the UK there is an estimated 7,300 new cases of retinal detachment every year and many patients will present with flashes and floaters to Optometrists in the primary care setting. The biggest cause of a retinal detachment is from a posterior vitreous detachment which occurs mostly between the 5th and 7th decade of life. This skills workshop will supplement the previous lecture on PVDs and retinal tears by further focusing on the practical and systematic approach to the assessment and management of the patient who presents with flashes and floaters. Particular emphasis will be made on the how to properly perform dynamic vitreous and Weiss ring assessments in order to detect PVDs and Schaffer’s sign. Most of the workshop will be dedicated to practicing the essential practical skills required specifically for peripheral retinal examination to detect and not miss retinal breaks in all patients. Discussion will also focus on how to differentiate the various types of retinal breaks (including acute versus chronic breaks, atrophic round holes, horseshoe tears, operculated tears, retinal dialyses, and giant retinal tears) and how to differentiate those breaks that require urgent treatment from those that can merely be observed. Optometrists will have opportunity to examine several patients with signs of PVD and retinal detachments and so should feel confident in investigating and appropriately managing patients that present with symptoms of flashes and floaters after this workshop.

Competencies covered: Communication, Ocular disease and Ocular examination 

Target audience: Optometrist

Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the advice given when patients present with flashes and floaters, so optometrists are able to communicate appropriate advice and explain the referral pathway 
  • To understand the risk factors for Retinal Detachment and PVD 
  • To be able to develop a management plan for the investigation of the patient with symtoms of retinal detachment by using dilation, direct slit lamp and volk examination ensuring appropriate referral
  • To improve the skills when examining patients with an indirect ophthalmoscope looking for signs of a retinal detachment

This workshop is being repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2019. If you attended this workshop you won't be able to get the CET points again. 

Speakers

Kam Balaggan

Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts
Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary

Sessions in the IP stream are primarily aimed at optometrists who have, or are studying towards the therapeutics qualifications. 

This seminar will give IP optometrists the skills and knowledge of how to design, complete and interpret the results of a clinical audit. It will discuss the benefits of reflection on practice and the importance of using this to implement change.
It covers how sharing and reviewing the results with others can improve prescribing in practice and so improve patient care and outcomes.


Target group: Optometrist and Therapeutic optometrist 
Competencies covered: Standards of practice and Always improving 

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand what a clinical audit is and the benefits it can bring to your practice
  • To be able to understand the importance of interpreting the results of a clinical audit and using them to reflect and change your practice
  • To be able to understand how to use feedback from a clincial audit to share with others and so improve your prescribing practice.
  • To be able to design and carry out an audit on prescribing in practice and so be able to implement improvements

Speakers

Ian Jarvis MCoptom

Independent Prescribing Optometrist

Do you feel that you always make the best recommendations for your patients’ lifestyles and visual needs? Or are you doing just enough to “get by”?  Our patients must be at the heart of everything we do and we should be routinely offering the best solutions for them. This discussion workshop will challenge all of us to really think about what we say and do in everyday practice, and the effect it has not only on our patients, but on us as practitioners.  It will make us reconsider our recommendations, perhaps encouraging us to try things we’ve never tried before and show how going the extra mile means “Happy Patient, Happy Life” which should ultimately be the goal for all of us.

Learning objectives:
1.2.1 Delegates will be able to communicate with new and existing astigmats and presbyopes to explain contact lenses and manage the patient’s expectations.
2.1.1 Delegates will be aware of the need to explore all of the suitable options for a patient following a refraction and make the appropriate recommendations.
3.1.7 Delegates will have an understanding of techniques to assess the tear film of contact lens patients, and through discussions will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to execute the various slit lamp techniques required.
5.1.1 Delegates will understand how lens design and surface properties might affect the interaction between the lens and the ocular surface, and how this might determine lens choice.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Faye McDearmid MCOptom

Optometrist
Campell and McDearmid Optometrists

Sarah Long

Professional Affairs Consultant
Johnson & Johnson Vision

Clair Bulpin MCOptom

Optometrist

All delegates will need to meet at the CooperVision stand (number 40) within the exhibiton (Hall three).

Myopia matters by Samantha Armstrong, CooperVision

An interactive discussion workshop to explore and discuss myopia management in children with particular attention to communication with parents and child.

Cataract surgery video with commentary by SpaMedica

This part of the session will cover an overview of cataract surgery including the pre-op checks, surgery and post-op assessments by community optometrists. This is to support community optometrists in understanding the checks for referring patients for cataract surgery, the surgery process itself and how the natural lens in the eye is replaced with intraocular lenses (IOLs) and how to assess the eye health during a post-op assessment. This gives the optometrist the knowledge of when to refer a patient and how to detect any complication following surgery – supporting an efficient patient pathway for cataract surgery. Delegates will need to complete a multiple choice questionnaire showing their understanding of the cataract referral and surgery steps and what tests and examinations to perform following surgery along with knowledge of eye complications following surgery – assessed using images. This is an interactive session with Q&A segments at the end of each stage.

Target group: Optometrist

Competencies covered: Communicaiton, Standards of practice, Ocular disease and Ocular examination 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to communicate the options and benefits of contact lenses for myopia and myopia management clearly to the patient and their parents.
  • To understand the current evidence-base behind a range of options for myopia management, know how to incorporate myopia management into clinical practice and at what stage to intervene.
  • To understand myopia development and the ocular risks associated with increasing myopia and can balance those risks against the risk of treatment.
  • To understand strategies for advising young patients and their parents on myopia management and the likely success (or not) of various treatment options.
  • To understand the slit lamp examination required to ensure the early detection of cataract post-operative complications.
  • To understand the ocular complications that may arise following cataract surgery.
  • To improve the understanding of cataract surgery process and stages.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

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4.35 PM
This lecture will discuss various ocular tumours that present in optometric practice. It will cover anterior and posterior segment disease.
The session will clearly show those lesions which are benign and can safely be monitored in primary or optometric care settings. It will highlight those clinical features which need to be documented for both recording, referring and medicolegal purposes.
It will discuss how optometrists identify suspicious lesions, the speed of referral that is required and how to explain effectively to patients when making a referral to an ocular oncology unit.
 
Target group: Optometrist
 
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease
 
Learning objectives: 
  • To be able to explain effectively to patients when they present with suspicious lesions that require either monitoring in practice or further referral to an oncolgy unit.
  • To understand how to make an appropriate referral to an oncology unit for specialist investigation when a patient presents with a suspicious lesion.
  • To improve the recognition of ocular tumours and be able to differentiate them from benign lesions and so refer appropriately.

Speakers

Dr Gordon Hay

Service Director
Moorfields Eye Hospital

Good outcomes in thyroid eye disease (TED) rely on early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The optometrist may be the first eye care professional to see people with TED, so this presentation aims to equip them with the skills to identify possible signs and symptoms of TED and how these may relate to underlying thyroid disease.
It will outline simple advice that optometrists can offer patients that can make a real difference to disease progression. This lecture will help attendees decide who to refer, where to refer, and with what degree of urgency.

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 
Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to advise patients with thyroid eye disease about simple measures they can take to improve symptoms and prevent worsening disease
  • To be able to help improve patient outcomes in thyroid eye disease by being able to refer patients promptly to appropriate secondary care when needed.
  • To recognise and understand signs and symptoms of thyroid eye disease and so to manage patients appropriately

Speakers

Rebecca Ford

Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon
Bristol Eye Hospital

Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed worldwide. In many healthcare settings Community Optometrists are the first port of call for advice on post-op issues following cataract surgery and very often, the post-operative assessment is all done in the community.
Community Optometrists therefore need the knowledge and skills required to deliver this service.

This discussion workshop will be an interactive session of all topics relevant to post-op issues following cataract surgery allowing delegates to reflect on their current practice in light of the expectations of secondary care providers to deliver post-operative care.
The session will be based on real patient cases, the optometrists will discuss four or five clinical presentations, what to look for and what their management would be.
They will then be guided on the appropriate management plan both for IP and non-IP optometrists.

Target group: Optometrist and Therapeutic prescriber

Competenices covered: 
Optometrist:
Standards of Practice and Ocular disease
Therapeutic prescriber: Knowledge and Options

Learning objectives: 

  • Optometrists will have a better understanding of how to differentiate between serious and not so serious cataract post-operative complications and when referal back to ophthalmology is required
  • Optometrists will have an improved understanding of the examination and identification of post-operative complications following cataract surgery and how to identify when referral is required
  • Optometrists will have a better understanding of the treatment of cataract and how to treat and manage post-operative complications
  • To have an improved understanding of the various conditions that may present following cataract surgery, how to identify them and the severity of the condition
  • To understand how to make a differential diagnosis between conditions that may present in patients following cataract surgery
  • To understand the various pharmalogical treatments for conditions that present following cataract surgery and how to manage post-operative complications

Speakers

Aravind Reddy

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
NHS Grampian

There will be a short, informal tutorial relating to when and why Goldmann should be used in a primary care setting and moving on to Goldmann tonometry safe set up and usage. The majority of the session allows the delegates to practice Goldmann tonometry with a patient at a slit lamp.

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Standards of practice 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to safely set up and use a goldmann tonometer
  • To understand how to provide appropriate explanation and advice to the patient when carrying out contact tonometry (covering the process, risks, after procedure advice)
  • To understand the current referral and refinement pathways in glaucoma and how to use the results to safely manage patients when carrying out tonometry.

Speakers

Rachel Pointon MCOptom

Optometrist

This discussion workshop uses real patient cases where visual field interpretation has been needed to make sound clinical decisions. The cases are typical of patients encountered in primary care optometric practice and include conditions affecting different parts of the visual pathway from cornea to cortex.
Common dilemmas will be discussed including deciding on when to repeat, refer or monitor, when to suspect neurological or dual pathology, and what to do when visual field results conflict with other ocular examination findings. The process of clinical decision-making will be explored and ideas exchanged on how to be confident in managing the inherent uncertainty of this subjective but vital part of ocular examination.

Target group: Optometrist

Competencies covered: Ocular examination, Ocular disease and Standards of practice

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to interpret and analyse the results of visual field testing in the context of patients’ overall ocular status and risk profile
  • To be able to recognise when a visual field test result could indicate a neurological condition, and manage appropriately
  • To be able to decide if and when to repeat a visual test, and avoid both over and under-investigating visual field status
  • To be able to decide if and when to refer a patient with equivocal visual field test results

Speakers

Angela Whitaker MCOptom

Senior Lecturer and Medical Optometrist
Cardiff University and University Hospital of Wales

This session is only open to optometrists who have the therapeutics qualification or are studying towards it. The session only covers TO competenices. 

This dedicated therapeutics peer review session will help qualified independent prescribers or those already studying for an IP qualification to improve their standards of patient care by discussing cases that are based on real practice with a small group of fellow IP practitioners. Discussing various approaches among peers stimulates interest and broadens perspectives as different practitioners may approach clinical and ethical problems in different ways.

Target group: Therapeutic prescriber 

Competencies covered: Knowledge, Options, Share desision making, Safe, Always improving, The healthcare system and Self and others 

Learning objectives: 

  • understand the differential diagnosis of uveitis, its systemic associations and how to measure the severity of disease
  • elicit a comprehensive clinical history, including presenting symptoms including appropriate questions on systemic disease
  • communicate effectively to the patient their condition, findings and a discussion of the potential risks and benefits of, management and various options
  • appraise your clinical knowledge and make an onward referral as necessary
  • Improve the understanding of conditions encountered in practice and their appropriate assessment and management in the context of therapeutic practice
  • Help develop a clear understanding of the limits of one’s own knowledge and skill, and how to work safely within them.
  • Demonstrate an ability to share and debate one’s own, and others’, prescribing practice, to learn from this and reflect on how this might influence one’s future practice
  • Help develop the ability to apply knowledge of independent prescribing theory and local frameworks to real clinical case situations from practice
  • Improve understanding of the importance of thinking and acting as part of a multidisciplinary team for the benefit of patients

This workshop focuses on practical tips for fitting the next generation of extended depth of focus contact lenses such as NaturalVue Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses. These lens designs are very different from traditional center near or center distance lenses, and can be ideal for both presbyopia and paediatric myopia management. Learn clinical pearls, ideal patients for these types of lenses and practical tips to successfully use them in your practice.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Elizabeth Ralph

Professional Services Consultant
Positive Impact

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5.35 PM
Make sure you don’t miss OptomFest, our networking reception, taking place on Sunday 23 February from 5.30-7pm at the Telford International Centre within the exhibition. This is an excellent opportunity for you to:

-    catch up with friends after the first day of the conference
-    take part in an OCT demonstration (more information below)
-    join our topic tables (more info below)
-    ask questions in our Q&A with speaker
-    speak to exhibitors
-    visit our photo wall to take photos with friends
-    spin our prize wheel
-    gain app challenge points.


OptomFest will feature our ‘topic tables’ bringing together delegates interested in a range of topics. These informal discussions last 45 minutes and are facilitated by a College representative. Topic tables will be situated in the back of Hall 3 where it is quieter. There are no CET points available for these discussions. Topics are:

  • Mindfulness and managing workplace stress
  • Managing commercial pressures - How to work collaboratively with your manager and how to ensure you can utilise your professional judgment and act in the patients’ interest first.
  • Degree apprenticeships; who benefits?
  • How to set up your own independent practice
  • How can the profession shape the role of independent prescribing optometry moving forward?
  • Women in optometry and career development
  • Myopia management - Share ideas on how you are managing myopia in practice; how it is received by parents and children. Are there any barriers?
  • Leadership in optometry - How can we inspire more leaders at a national and local level? Share examples of local leadership as well as voids.
  • The changing scope of practice - An opportunity to discuss extended roles, furthering optometrists’ involvement in healthcare delivery and  impact on future technologies.

OCT Demonstration - this session (6-7pm) will give you the opportunity to rotate around 4 exhibitors so that you can view their OCT. You will have 15 minutes with each company where you will see an OCT demo, specifically so that you can compare the time it takes to perform the image acquisition, the types of scan available and the style and format of the output report. We will provide a patient to rotate around each exhibitor with you so you can see the same patient on each piece of equipment. Participating companies are: Heidelberg Engineering, Mainline Instruments, Optos and Topcon. There are no CET points available for this session.

Bookings will open for the topic tables and OCT demonstrations in January 2020. Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

OptomFest is included in your ticket and drinks and nibbles will be provided. You will be able to mix with other delegates, presenters, exhibitors, College Council members and staff in a relaxed and informal environment.

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8.00 AM
This session will provide an opportunity for members to share perspectives and pose questions on degree apprenticeships. It will deliver up-to-date information on developments and encourage open debate on this very topical issue, including on the opportunities post-registration degree apprenticeships can provide for optometrists’ professional development. The discussion will inform the College’s position on apprenticeships and our approach to broader education and workforce development issues.

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9.00 AM
This lecture will describe the recognition of the common inherited dystrophies of the cornea and anterior segment. The common changes that can mimic inherited corneal disease will be described. A pathway for management and referral will be provided.
An understanding of the mechanisms and mode of inheritance will be given such that a knowledge-based discussion can be had with patients about the nature and prognosis of their disease.
 
Competencies covered: Communication, Ocular disease and Standards of practice 
 
Target group: Optometrist 
 
Learning objectives: 
  • To improve the understanding of corneal dystrophies so that patients may be effectively informed of the clinical significance of their condition and the likely prognosis
  • To be able to recognise the clinical signs of the most common inherited corneal diseases that may present in optometric practice and so be able to manage the patients appropriately
  • To understand the threshold for intervention and the management options of various corneal dystrophies, so that appropriate referral can be made in accordance with the best interest of the patient

Speakers

Stephen Tuft

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Moorfields Eye Hospital

The session will cover sports related ocular blunt injuries, which commonly present in the community. It is a joint presentation by Michael Tang, optometrist, and Rani Sebastian, ophthalmologist, about a shuttlecock injury that Michael suffered from and the subsequent complications and interventions that followed when treated by Rani.
It is a unique opportunity to understand the event from a patient's perspective and so be able to understand how to communicate effectively with patients in this position.
It discusses how to investigate blunt ocular trauma and the possible complications, including the features and management of ciliochoriodal detachment.
Cilochoroidal detachment is a rare and complicated condition, the session will cover the signs and symptoms and when to refer.
The importance of appropriate eye protection and the ocular risks when playing racket sports is discussed.
 
Target group: optometrist
 
Competencies covered: Communication, Ocular disease, Optical appliances
 
Learning objectives: 
 
  • To understand how to explain the effects of ocular injuries and blunt trauma to patients effectively
  • To understand how to elicit the key symptoms and features in a patient presenting with blunt ocular trauma and so investigate appropriately
  • To understand the key features and is able to appropriately manage patients presenting with ocular trauma and complications such as ciliochoroidal detachment
  • To improve the understanding of the risks of racket sports ocular injuries and the appropriate recommendations of safety eyewear.

Speakers

Rani Sebastian

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Bristol Eye Hospital

Michael Tang MCOptom

Medical Optometrist
Bristol Eye Hospital

This discussion workshop will support optometrists and DOs to have confidence in managing difficult conversations with patients. In order to meet the learning objectives, it is necessary to consider and reflect on both the patients' experience and perspective as well as the optometrist's own. The overarching skills and knowledge helpful in such situations, which the session will explore, are:
•Our capacity for empathy
•The context of the patients lived experience
•The implications of difficult conversations triggering change for the patient
•The negative and positive story one has about oneself
•The power of questions as a catalyst for change
These skills and knowledge will support practitioners to put the care, well-being and safety of patients first as well as be accountable and personally responsible for their own practice.

Competencies covered: 
Optometrist
: Communication and Standards of practice 
Dispensing optician: Communication and Standards of practice 

Target group: Optometrist and Dispensing optician

Learning objectives:

  • To enable practitioners to deliver a patient-centred approach, (considering their views and emotions and level of understanding of the topic), when delivering and discussing news/diagnoses which may be unwelcome 
  • To be able to consider the patients' feelings and the factors which may influence their reactions, using empathy and dignity to respect the informed decisions they make
  • To develop the understanding of patients' “story about themselves” and the questioning skills required to catalyse change in the patients' thoughts about themselves, and therefore enable them to be able to care for themselves

Speakers

Ian Trimmer

Clinical Practitioner

This workshop will combine an element of didactic teaching using projected slides with a hands on practical session. The short talk with slides at the beginning of the workshop is to reacquaint delegates with a technique and part of the eye of which they may have little or no experience. Following this delegates will have an understanding of the indications for carrying out gonioscopy along with an understanding of what they will see whilst carrying out the technique and how to interpret what they see to facilitate the process of grading the anterior chamber angle. The differing techniques used with the two most common forms of gonioscopy lens will be demonstrated, and during a closely supervised hand-on practical session using patients, the delegates will have the opportunity to try both techniques for themselves.

Competencies covered: Ocular Disease, Ocular Examination

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives:  

  • To appreciate the indications for carrying out gonioscopy and patients that are at risk of glaucoma
  • To be able to identify the structures of the anterior chamber angle and to grade the angle and so understand when referral is required
  • To understand how a gonioscopy lens works, the most common types of lens and how to perform the technique.

This workshop is being repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2019. If you attended this workshop you won't be able to get the CET points again. 

Speakers

Dr Dan Rosser MCOptom

Principal Optometrist
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

This workshop will consist of patients that have pathology or unusual features to the anterior part of the eye. The delegate will be expected to use the slit lamp to diagnose the condition/pathology and use diagnostic drugs if needed to aid the assessment. Delegates will rotate around each of the patients so that they have an opportunity to use the slit lamp and detect pathology. Background information will be provided on each patient, and the delegate would be expected to make a diagnosis using the appropriate technique at the slit lamp. This workshop tests the slit lamp skills of the delegate, along with how to detect certain types of conditions such as narrow angles and how these patients are at risk of closed angle glaucoma. The delegate would be expected to perform certain techniques on the slit lamp such as conical beam and parallelopiped, and we will either teach them techniques or refresh their memory in terms of the techniques they would use when looking at certain structures anteriorly.
This workshop will help develop the skill of using the slit lamp more effectively as well as learning about pathology, management and investigative techniques.

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Target group: Optometrist 
Learning objectives: 

  • The ability to use the slit lamp and understand the various techniques in ocular examination of the anterior eye and to understand the implications of the findings
  • To improve the examination, differential diagnosis and management of patients presenting with anterior eye conditions.
  • To understand the examination and investigation of patients presenting with red eye and so to manage them appropriately.
  • To understand the examination of the anterior eye in patients at risk of glaucoma and so to refer them appropriately
     

Speakers

Shamina Asif MCOptom

Optometrist and Council Member
Moores Opticians/Optom Academy and The College of Optometrists

This 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 case studies to be discussed are: blurry vision, intermittent painful eye and the value of disc OCT in the detection of glaucoma

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice, Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Learning objectives: 

  • Conduct a full and relevant history to obtain information relating to symptoms, general health, medication and family history
  • Provide or arrange any further examinations, advice, investigations or treatment if required for your patient in an appropriate timescale
  • Understands the benefits and limitation of using OCT to examine the fundus
  • Understands the risk factors associated with glaucoma and OHT
  • To detect glaucoma by analysing examination results and referring on accordingly
  • Understand how common ocular conditions are managed
  • Present complex information to the patient in a comprehensive but easily understandable way, adapting your language and communication style where necessary
  • Interpret and investigate the presenting symptoms of a patient who presents with blurred vision
  • Devise a logical management plan to investigate the patient’s presenting concern
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate differential diagnoses appropriately and identify common ocular pathologies resulting in appropriate management of the patients’ presenting signs and symptoms

Please note all six peer discussions cover the same three cases so delegates can not need to attend more than one session. 

Do you feel that you always make the best recommendations for your patients’ lifestyles and visual needs? Or are you doing just enough to “get by”?  Our patients must be at the heart of everything we do and we should be routinely offering the best solutions for them. This discussion workshop will challenge all of us to really think about what we say and do in everyday practice, and the effect it has not only on our patients, but on us as practitioners.  It will make us reconsider our recommendations, perhaps encouraging us to try things we’ve never tried before and show how going the extra mile means “Happy Patient, Happy Life” which should ultimately be the goal for all of us.

Learning objectives:
1.2.1 Delegates will be able to communicate with new and existing astigmats and presbyopes to explain contact lenses and manage the patient’s expectations.
2.1.1 Delegates will be aware of the need to explore all of the suitable options for a patient following a refraction and make the appropriate recommendations.
3.1.7 Delegates will have an understanding of techniques to assess the tear film of contact lens patients, and through discussions will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to execute the various slit lamp techniques required.
5.1.1 Delegates will understand how lens design and surface properties might affect the interaction between the lens and the ocular surface, and how this might determine lens choice.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Faye McDearmid MCOptom

Optometrist
Campell and McDearmid Optometrists

Sarah Long

Professional Affairs Consultant
Johnson & Johnson Vision

Clair Bulpin MCOptom

Optometrist

The session provides guidance for community optometrists on conducting cataract post-op assessments, covering equipment required, what to look out for during the eye examination, complications and recommended course of action. Attendees also can choose to join the SpaMedica Cataract Post-op Scheme to manage post-op assessments.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Dr Alexander Silvester


SPAMEDICA

With 50% of the world forecasted to be myopic by 2050, myopia management is an area of intense interest. One of the biggest challenges practitioners have is successfully implementing myopia management into their practice. This lecture focuses on how to engage your entire staff and practice to offer myopia management services, without disrupting your full scope practice.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Nick Dash MCOptom

Optometrist
Midland Eye

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10.05 AM

This presentation will cover the key principles for the evaluation of uveitis and how modern technologies including multimodal imaging and artificial intelligence are radically changing the basis for our treatment decisions.
This will support standards through improving diagnosis and evaluation of this sight-threatening group of diseases – particularly through improving the understanding of the nature of uveitis and the relation of the underlying disease process to the clinical manifestations, differentiating disease manifestations and their relevance, and providing a state-of-the-art update on the use of quantitative imaging to enhance clinical evaluation in uveitis.

Competencies covered: Ocular examination, Ocular disease and Standards of practice
Target group: Optometrist
Learning objectives: 

  • To understand current methods for evaluating signs of anterior uveitis and how new imaging modalities may be used to supplement these.
  • To understand the wide range of clinical signs that present in uveitis (anterior/intermediate/posterior and panuveitis) and how to differentiate clinical signs of active inflammation and so be able to manage the patient appropriately.
  • To understand how new imaging modalities are supplementing and may even replace traditional clinical methods of uveitis evaluation and the relevance of machine learning (‘artificial intelligence’) to the evaluation and decision-making process
  • To be able to understand how to examine the fundus using new imaging modalities and differentiate clincial signs of active inflammation and the inactive consequences of disease.

Speakers

Professor Alastair Denniston

Consultant Ophthalmologist
University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT, University of Birmingham

The management of patients with corneal conditions such as keratoconus has changed significantly over the last few years. This lecture updates optometrists on advances in corneal graft surgery and the management of these conditions.
It covers:
- Patient suitablity for different treatments, including corneal grafts and crosslinking
- The different types of grafts available
- How to examine patients with corneal grafts
- How to maximise vision post treatment and the contact lens options for these patients
- The future of corneal grafts over the next 5- 10 years

Target group: Optometrist 

Competencies covered: Ocular disese, Contcat lenses and Communication 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to understand how to identify patients with early keratoconus and be able to manage and refer them appropriately
  • To understand the treatment options such as crosslinking and corneal grafts for patients with corneal conditions such as keratoconus
  • To improve the understanding of the suitable contact lens options for patients with keratoconus and corneal grafts
  • To understand the options for the treatment and management of corneal conditions such as keratonconus and so to be able to explain effectively to patients

Speakers

Daniel Gore

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Moorfields Eye Hospital

This discussion workshop will support optometrists and DOs to have confidence in managing difficult conversations with patients. In order to meet the learning objectives, it is necessary to consider and reflect on both the patients' experience and perspective as well as the optometrist's own. The overarching skills and knowledge helpful in such situations, which the session will explore, are:
•Our capacity for empathy
•The context of the patients lived experience
•The implications of difficult conversations triggering change for the patient
•The negative and positive story one has about oneself
•The power of questions as a catalyst for change
These skills and knowledge will support practitioners to put the care, well-being and safety of patients first as well as be accountable and personally responsible for their own practice.

Competencies covered: 
Optometrist
: Communication and Standards of practice 
Dispensing optician: Communication and Standards of practice 

Target group: Optometrist and Dispensing optician

Learning objectives:

  • To enable practitioners to deliver a patient-centred approach, (considering their views and emotions and level of understanding of the topic), when delivering and discussing news/diagnoses which may be unwelcome 
  • To be able to consider the patients' feelings and the factors which may influence their reactions, using empathy and dignity to respect the informed decisions they make
  • To develop the understanding of patients' “story about themselves” and the questioning skills required to catalyse change in the patients' thoughts about themselves, and therefore enable them to be able to care for themselves

Speakers

Ian Trimmer

Clinical Practitioner

This workshop will combine an element of didactic teaching using projected slides with a hands on practical session. The short talk with slides at the beginning of the workshop is to reacquaint delegates with a technique and part of the eye of which they may have little or no experience. Following this delegates will have an understanding of the indications for carrying out gonioscopy along with an understanding of what they will see whilst carrying out the technique and how to interpret what they see to facilitate the process of grading the anterior chamber angle. The differing techniques used with the two most common forms of gonioscopy lens will be demonstrated, and during a closely supervised hand-on practical session using patients, the delegates will have the opportunity to try both techniques for themselves.

Competencies covered: Ocular Disease, Ocular Examination

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives:  

  • To appreciate the indications for carrying out gonioscopy and patients that are at risk of glaucoma
  • To be able to identify the structures of the anterior chamber angle and to grade the angle and so understand when referral is required
  • To understand how a gonioscopy lens works, the most common types of lens and how to perform the technique.

This workshop is being repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2019. If you attended this workshop you won't be able to get the CET points again. 

Speakers

Dr Dan Rosser MCOptom

Principal Optometrist
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

This workshop will consist of patients that have pathology or unusual features to the anterior part of the eye. The delegate will be expected to use the slit lamp to diagnose the condition/pathology and use diagnostic drugs if needed to aid the assessment. Delegates will rotate around each of the patients so that they have an opportunity to use the slit lamp and detect pathology. Background information will be provided on each patient, and the delegate would be expected to make a diagnosis using the appropriate technique at the slit lamp. This workshop tests the slit lamp skills of the delegate, along with how to detect certain types of conditions such as narrow angles and how these patients are at risk of closed angle glaucoma. The delegate would be expected to perform certain techniques on the slit lamp such as conical beam and parallelopiped, and we will either teach them techniques or refresh their memory in terms of the techniques they would use when looking at certain structures anteriorly.
This workshop will help develop the skill of using the slit lamp more effectively as well as learning about pathology, management and investigative techniques.

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Target group: Optometrist 
Learning objectives: 

  • The ability to use the slit lamp and understand the various techniques in ocular examination of the anterior eye and to understand the implications of the findings
  • To improve the examination, differential diagnosis and management of patients presenting with anterior eye conditions.
  • To understand the examination and investigation of patients presenting with red eye and so to manage them appropriately.
  • To understand the examination of the anterior eye in patients at risk of glaucoma and so to refer them appropriately

Speakers

Shamina Asif MCOptom

Optometrist and Council Member
Moores Opticians/Optom Academy and The College of Optometrists

This 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 case studies to be discussed are: blurry vision, intermittent painful eye and the value of disc OCT in the detection of glaucoma

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice, Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Learning objectives: 

  • Conduct a full and relevant history to obtain information relating to symptoms, general health, medication and family history
  • Provide or arrange any further examinations, advice, investigations or treatment if required for your patient in an appropriate timescale
  • Understands the benefits and limitation of using OCT to examine the fundus
  • Understands the risk factors associated with glaucoma and OHT
  • To detect glaucoma by analysing examination results and referring on accordingly
  • Understand how common ocular conditions are managed
  • Present complex information to the patient in a comprehensive but easily understandable way, adapting your language and communication style where necessary
  • Interpret and investigate the presenting symptoms of a patient who presents with blurred vision
  • Devise a logical management plan to investigate the patient’s presenting concern
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate differential diagnoses appropriately and identify common ocular pathologies resulting in appropriate management of the patients’ presenting signs and symptoms

Please note all six peer discussions cover the same three cases so delegates can not need to attend more than one session. 

Few optometrists and pharmacists have a working relationship in the course of their professional practice in the community, but it may surprise you to learn how much eye care advice your local pharmacist provides every day, and to how many people. In many areas, pharmacists are encouraged to be the first point of reference for minor ailments, eyes included, and so a good working relationship that facilitates inter-disciplinary referral routes is an area for development on both sides. Tania will provide unique insight into the true picture of what happens in community pharmacy and suggest ways to reach out to your fellow professionals in health care. 

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Tania Cork

Pharmacist
Thea Pharmaceuticals

All delegates will need to meet at the Scope stand (number three) within the exhibiton (Hall three).

Delivering innovation for ocular surface disease by Scope Ophthalmics

Ocular Surface Disease is increasingly a common presentation in our daily clinics. The TFOS DEWS II Report provides us with guidance to diagnose and manage dry eye and innovative new products are becoming available for us to recommend, offering a variety of benefits to our patients.
This interactive session will review the management options available to optometrists in their clinics and also consider the potential benefits of some of the newer product formulations, in order to offer the best possible advice and recommendations to patients.

Clinical Adviser: frequently asked questions with Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, College of Optometrists. 

This CET will discuss some of the questions received by the clinical advisers to the College, with reference to common misconceptions of the legislation. The format will be that of a seminar, with a scenario being presented for discussion by the delegates, with the speaker being available to give the answer if this is not forthcoming from the discussion.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom

Clinical Adviser
The College of Optometrists

An interactive discussion session centred around 3 case scenarios, allowing delegates to discuss a patient management plan for each one.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

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11.05 AM

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11.30 AM
In the UK there is an estimated 7,300 new cases of retinal detachment every year and many patients will present with flashes and floaters to optometrists in the primary care setting. Retinal detachments are caused most commonly by retinal tears, atrophic round holes and retinal dialyses. These comprise a group of lesions classified as peripheral vitreoretinal disorders (PrVDs). The focus of this lecture will be to fully educate community/hospital optometrists regarding all important peripheral disorders, including those considered high risk for retinal detachment as well as low risk lesions. The following will be specifically covered:
  • Classification of PrVDs
  • How to correctly examine for PrVDs
  • Listing all common PrVDs
  • How to correctly make the important distinction between retinal tears, operculated tears and atrophic round holes, and their significance
  • Giant retinal tears
  • Retinal Dialyses
  • Acute versus chronic retinal detachments and their relation to referral critera
  • Microcystoid degeneration
  • Differentiating degenerative retinoschisis from chronic retinal detachment
  • Lattice and snowflake degeneration
  • Benign disorders: pavingstone, peripheral drusen, reticular
  • Suggested referral criteria for all common PrVDs
Target group: Optometrist
Competenices covered: Communication, Ocular examination, Standards of practice and Ocular disease
 
Learning objectives: 
  • To be able to explain effectively to patients presenting with symptoms of retinal detachment, their condition and the possible implications and management
  • To understand the examination techniques required to examine the fundus and vitreous when investigating a patient with peripheral vitreoretinal disorders
  • To understand when patients presenting with symptoms of a potential retinal tear or detachment require referring for a specialist opinion
  • To be able to investigate and manage appropriately patients presenting with symptoms of retinal detachment and other peripheral vitreoretinal disorders.

Speakers

Kam Balaggan

Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts
Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary

This session describes two common laser interventions for glaucoma and related conditions: Laser Peripheral Iridotomy and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty. The presentation predicts an increased need for these treatments in the future and discusses whether optometrists are appropriate clinicians to perform these treatments. The treatments and associated indications and techniques are described along with their relative efficacies and potential side effects. The presentation also reviews the issues of competency and consent as they pertain to non-medical healthcare professionals performing such treatments.
The understanding of these treatments is important so that optometrists understand and can discuss with their patients the treatments that may be offered after referral.
The issues surrounding consent and competency where a non-medical healthcare professional performs a treatment usually performed by a doctor need to be understood. It is vital that all processes are in place to ensure that the clinician is competent to perform that treatment and is working in a way that is consistent with all relevant guidance, standards and legislation.
 
Competencies covered: Ocular disease, Ocular examination, Standards of practice and Communication 
 
Target group: Optometrist
 
Learning objectives: 
  • To understand laser peripheral iridotomy and selective laser trabeculoplasty and their role in the management of glaucoma and related conditions
  • To understand how the slit-lamp is used in the examination and treatment of patients undergoing glaucoma laser treatments
  • To appreciate the issues of patient consent and practitioner competency in relation to the possibility of optometrists performing laser treatments in a safe and effective manner
  • To improve the understanding of glaucoma laser treatments so that optometrists can discuss with their patients the treatments that may be offered after referral.

Speakers

Dr Dan Rosser MCOptom

Principal Optometrist
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

This CET will be in a workshop format where the presenter will initially deliver a short presention on the basics of how to apply OCT-A technology in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with macular disease. The workshop will enable optometrists to understand and be able to interpret OCT-A images/scans. Through discussing a range of different patient cases they will understand the images in normal patients and the difference in patients with wet AMD.
They will also discuss cases of patients with conditions such as proliferative diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macula disease and vascular occlusions to be able to make a differential diagnosis and so refer the patient appropriately.

Competenices covered: Ocular disease and Ocular examination 
 
Target group: Optometrist 
 
Learning objectives: 
  • To be able to interpret OCT-A images and so to be able to recognise patients with wet AMD and so manage and refer them appropriately
  • To understand how to interpret OCT-A images and data and so recognise a range of retinal abnormalities
  • To be able to differentiate between different ocular conditions including diabetic eye disease, vascular disorders and AMD when viewing OCT-A images and so manage the patient appropriately

Speakers

Tomas Burke

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Bristol Eye Hospital

Practitioners working in High Street practice need to be responsive to the requirements of their patients who have reduced vision.

This interactive workshop is aimed at optometrists who are looking to gain more confidence in managing and supporting their patients with visual impairment. The session will allow practitioners to learn about some of the mainstream apps and technology that allow people with sight loss to support themselves more independently.

Participants will gain an understanding of some simple technology that can help to provide for some of the communication and mobility needs of their low vision patients. Delegates will gain a better understanding of both the needs of people with sight loss and how technology is increasingly being used to meet these needs.

Competencise covered: 
Optometrist: Optical appliances and Standards of practice
Dispensing optician: Low vision and Standards of practice 

Target group: Optometrist and Dispensing optician 

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand how modern mainstream technology can be used as an effective low vision aid.
  • To understand how technology can be used to allow visually impaired patients better access to printed and other information they require.
  • To better understand the rapidly changing landscape of accessible technology and some of the opportunities these devices create for people with visual impairment

Speakers

Andrew Miller MCOptom

Lead Optometrist
Focus Birmingham

This session will talk through a typical paediatric assessment discussing a range of age appropriate examining techniques which could be used and sensible management options based on findings.
The areas will be covered by discussing a variety of patient cases.

In particular the session will cover:
- the importance of a full paediatric history and how this differs from an adult history
- different assessment techniques such as Cardiff cards/kay pictures and the unpredictability of findings depending on cooperation
- examining binocular status
- different methods of retinoscopy; including Mohindra, cyclo, dynamic
- tips to help with assessing a child to keep them happy and relaxed as you work through your assessment
- management of different cases such as Strabismus (accommodative or not), Anisometropia, High refractive error (modification of prescription if appropriate)?
- when referral to secondary care is appropriate

Competencies covered: Communication, Assessment of visual function, Standards of practice and Binocular Vision 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the importance of a full paediatric history and it's relevance when examining children
  • To be able to understand different ways of assessing visual function for children and be able to use a variety of age appropriate tests.
  • To be able to manage paediatric cases presenting with a possible binocular vision anomaly. Differentiating between those needing referral and those which can comfortably be managed in community practice
  • To be able to investigate children presenting with binocular vision anomalies, such as strabismus and anisometropia, and be able to manage them appropriately, referring when required

Speakers

Suzanne Fraser MCOptom

Paediatric Optometrist
Bristol Eye Hospital

This 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 case studies to be discussed are: blurry vision, intermittent painful eye and the value of disc OCT in the detection of glaucoma

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice, Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Learning objectives: 

  • Conduct a full and relevant history to obtain information relating to symptoms, general health, medication and family history
  • Provide or arrange any further examinations, advice, investigations or treatment if required for your patient in an appropriate timescale
  • Understands the benefits and limitation of using OCT to examine the fundus
  • Understands the risk factors associated with glaucoma and OHT
  • To detect glaucoma by analysing examination results and referring on accordingly
  • Understand how common ocular conditions are managed
  • Present complex information to the patient in a comprehensive but easily understandable way, adapting your language and communication style where necessary
  • Interpret and investigate the presenting symptoms of a patient who presents with blurred vision
  • Devise a logical management plan to investigate the patient’s presenting concern
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate differential diagnoses appropriately and identify common ocular pathologies resulting in appropriate management of the patients’ presenting signs and symptoms

Please note all six peer discussions cover the same three cases so delegates can not need to attend more than one session. 

Insights show that our presbyopic patient population is on the increase and that these patients are living more active and potentially more visually demanding lifestyles than ever before. In this interactive discussion workshop, using real patient feedback, we will examine the importance of clear questioning to uncover a presbyopic patient's individual needs followed by how changes to communication with them can make a big difference to their experience, understanding and ultimately their long-term visual outcome.

Learning objectives:
1.1.1 Delegates will appreciate the importance of a full and complete investigation of patient’s lifestyle needs and personal requirements.
2.1.1 Delegates will be aware of the need to explore all the suitable options for a patient following a refraction and make the appropriate recommendations.
2.5.3 Delegates will appreciate how remaining up to date with clinical insights and current research will enable them to provide the most appropriate care and recommendations to their patients.
5.1.1 Delegates will understand the importance of selecting a suitable contact lens, taking into consideration the needs of the patient and planned use.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Faye McDearmid MCOptom

Optometrist
Campell and McDearmid Optometrists

Sarah Long

Professional Affairs Consultant
Johnson & Johnson Vision

Clair Bulpin MCOptom

Optometrist

Myopia management is rapidly becoming an area of significant clinical and commercial interest. This session summarizes the latest research on various treatments for myopia management, clinical results from commercially available products referral considerations, what’s new in the literature, and what the future holds in this area.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Dr Peg Achenbach

Vice President, Professional Affairs and Clinical Science
Visioneering Technologies, Inc

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12.30 PM

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1.40 PM

Great advances have been made recently in understanding the genetics of common ocular disease. This, along with the reduced cost of genetic sequencing, will make genetic diagnoses affordable for all patients. This leads to a prediction of the use of personalised medicine in the future.

With the rise of gene therapy trials and new future treatments it is important for optometrists to understand what genetic risks patients may have and be able to explain it to them effectively.
This lecture updates optometrists on current research and trials and what the future may hold, in terms of revolutionary new treatments.

The lecture covers common ocular conditions such as myopia, glaucoma, AMD and inherited retinal disease.

Target group: Optometrist
Competencies covered: Standards of practice, Communication and Ocular disease 
Learning objectives

  • To understand the recent research into genetics and gene therapy, in relation to eye disease, and so to be able to inform your patients accordingly of the risks of a condition and future treatment options.
  • To improve the understanding of genetics and inherited eye conditions and so to be able to discuss effectively with patients and their families
  • To improve the understanding of the genetic risk factors affecting common ocular conditions such as myopia, glaucoma, AMD and inherited retinal disease

Speakers

Professor Chris Hammond

Frost Professor of Ophthalmology & Consultant Ophthalmologist
King's College London and St Thomas' Hospital

This 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 case studies to be discussed are: blurry vision, intermittent painful eye and the value of disc OCT in the detection of glaucoma

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice, Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Learning objectives: 

  • Conduct a full and relevant history to obtain information relating to symptoms, general health, medication and family history
  • Provide or arrange any further examinations, advice, investigations or treatment if required for your patient in an appropriate timescale
  • Understands the benefits and limitation of using OCT to examine the fundus
  • Understands the risk factors associated with glaucoma and OHT
  • To detect glaucoma by analysing examination results and referring on accordingly
  • Understand how common ocular conditions are managed
  • Present complex information to the patient in a comprehensive but easily understandable way, adapting your language and communication style where necessary
  • Interpret and investigate the presenting symptoms of a patient who presents with blurred vision
  • Devise a logical management plan to investigate the patient’s presenting concern
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate differential diagnoses appropriately and identify common ocular pathologies resulting in appropriate management of the patients’ presenting signs and symptoms

Please note all six peer discussions cover the same three cases so delegates can not need to attend more than one session. 

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2.45 PM

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3.15 PM

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3.45 PM

Angle closure glaucoma is a blinding disease (1 out of 4 people). Optometrists can pick up angle closure by simple slit lamp examination by assessing the peripheral limbal chamber depth and then refer for confirmation by gonioscopy. Patients can be treated by laser, lens extraction or drops to open the angle and reduce the IOP and prevent sight loss. 

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Ocular disease. 

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the concepts of Van Herrick estimation and gonioscopy 
  • To understand the definition and prevalence of angle closure glaucoma 
  • To understand the risk factors for angle closure 
  • To understand the role of laser iridotomy and lense extraction in angle closure

Speakers

Saurabh Goyal

Consultant Ophthalmologist
St Thomas' Hospital

This session aims to encourage broadening of optometrists’ scope of practice and has three parts.
The first part will provide an overview, with a focus on how to measure reading ability, what we mean by reading difficulty and dyslexia, and what aspects of vision are important in the reading process – the principal aim of this is to help optometrists better understand the role of vision in reading difficulties and the needs of the patient, so as to conduct an adequate assessment and elicit the detail and relevance of any significant symptoms.
The second part will be from the perspective of an SpLD (Dyslexia) Assessor & Tutor – its principal aim will be to provide optometrists with understanding to help them work collaboratively and communicate effectively with these practitioners and others involved in the care of patients with reading difficulties.
The third part will be from the perspective of a community optometrist with special interest and experience of helping patients with reading difficulties – its principal aim will be to focus on what the optometrist can do in practice, in terms of conducting an adequate assessment and providing or arranging further assessment, advice or treatment.
 

Target group: Optometrist 

Competencies covered: Communication, Assessment of visual function, Standards of practice

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand how to elicit the detail and understand the relevance of significant symptoms for patients with reading difficulties
  • To understand the nature of reading difficulties and the role of vision in the reading process, in order to understand the needs of patients with reading difficulties and how to conduct an adequate visual assessment
  • To understand reading difficulty in the context of specific learning difficulty (SpLD) and the role of the SpLD Assessor, in order to work collaboratively with other practitioners and communicate effectively with others involved in the care of patients with learning difficulties.

Speakers

Caroline Holden

Freelance Specialist teacher-assessor – specific learning difficulties
Board member SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC)

Faye McDearmid MCOptom

Optometrist
Campell and McDearmid Optometrists

Dr Jim Gilchrist FCOptom

Former Optometrist & Academic
School of Optometry & Vision Science, University of Bradford

This discussion workshop uses a series of cases that have been referred to secondary care and some from a referral refinement clinic in optometric practice.
The session will ensure that optometrists will have a greater understanding of how to interpret an OCT scan and how to recognise some common ocular conditions.

These cases will be used to encourage delegates to reflect on their current skills, knowledge of diseases and use of relevant pathways to refer and support patients who are suffering from macula, disc and other ocular disease.

The discussion will cover the use of imaging and OCT in diagnosing macula and disc conditions and optometrists will have a better understanding of how to make accurate diagnoses and referral decisions.
Delegates will also have a greater understanding of how to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team for ocular disease and how to formulate an appropriate management plan for the patient.

We will discuss the OCT’s ability to measure structural changes over time before visual field progression occurs and how to avoid over referrals based on a single abnormal finding from OCT.

Target group: Optometrist 

Competencies covered: Ocular examination, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

Learning objectives: 

  • Optometrists will have an evidence-based understanding of the use of OCT to assess various structures within the retina for accurate diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma and other conditions
  • Optometrists will have a better understanding of when to consult with other professionals for various ocular conditions and when to refer appropriately
  • Optometrists will have an enhanced understanding of the identification and changes of an optic nerve using OCT to enhance referral decisions in glaucoma and other ocular conditions
  • Optometrists will have a better understanding of how to make accurate diagnoses and referral decisions in cases of macular pathology

Speakers

Mike Horler MCOptom

Optometrist
Sussex Eye Hospital

This session is aimed at delegates who are new to OCT or would like a basic refresher.

This interactive session is predominantly aimed at optometrists who are new to OCT, or those who would like a basic refresher. In this session we will cover the basic principles of OCT, refresh memories on retinal anatomy and apply this to interpreting OCT images. A simple step-by-step approach to analysing OCT images will be provided. The main emphasis for this session will be on retinal imaging.

Competencies covered: Standards of Practice, Ocular Disease

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives:

  • To understand how the OCT works and its different optometric applications 
  • To interpret macular OCT images and recognise common abnormalities 
  • To provide a tentative diagnosis based on an OCT image and differentiate between dry and wet AMD 

This workshop is being repeated from Optometry Tomorrow 2019. If you attended this workshop you won't be able to get the CET points again. 

10-15 minutes introduction presentation – effectiveness of myopia control (summary graph of RCTs on myopia control), when to consider myopia control, myopia control approaches in optometric practice, contraindications for myopia control.

45 minutes case study discussions and summary of main points emerging from delegate discussions, in small groups.

Examples of the case studies are:

- late onset myopia with slow progression where myopia control was not indicated
- rapidly progressing myopia in a teenage boy with two myopic parents, excessive near vision (gaming), minimal time outdoors, near esophoria. Graphs of myopia progression show, in this case, bifocal spectacles ineffective, myopia stopped progressing with centre distance MF.
- rapidly progressing myopia in a girl who was a competitive swimmer fitted with orthokeratology

Parents of children with myopia need to know that the condition is not pathological but can increase the risk of some ocular pathologies in later life.

This discussion workshop will encourage an evidence-based approach to providing this information. It will update practitioners on recent developments in myopia control, but the potential of these developments will not be exaggerated. The workshop will use case studies to engage an interactive element of audience interaction.
The facilitators will have a summary of each case described on 2-4 sheets of paper, which will be disclosed to the group in sequence so as to gradually reveal the outcome. For example, the first sheet will describe the original presenting features of the case and the group will discuss the management options at that time. Then, the second sheet will be disclosed, stating the clinical decision that was actually made in the case, and the group will discuss the merits and prognosis. Then, the third sheet will be disclosed, indicating the outcome and the group will discuss whether that is as expected and what can be learnt from the case.

Competencies covered: 
Optometrist
: Communication and Contact lenses
Contact lens optician: Communication and Contact lenses

Target group: Optometrist and Contact lens optician

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand recent research on the aetiology of myopia so that patients can be given realistic expectations for myopia control
  • To understand the most appropriate contact lenses for children and teenagers
  • To appreciate methods of optimising good compliance in contact lens care, when fitting children and the importance of parental involvement.

Speakers

Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom

Director of Research
Institute of Optometry

This 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 case studies to be discussed are: blurry vision, intermittent painful eye and the value of disc OCT in the detection of glaucoma

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice, Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Learning objectives: 

  • Conduct a full and relevant history to obtain information relating to symptoms, general health, medication and family history
  • Provide or arrange any further examinations, advice, investigations or treatment if required for your patient in an appropriate timescale
  • Understands the benefits and limitation of using OCT to examine the fundus
  • Understands the risk factors associated with glaucoma and OHT
  • To detect glaucoma by analysing examination results and referring on accordingly
  • Understand how common ocular conditions are managed
  • Present complex information to the patient in a comprehensive but easily understandable way, adapting your language and communication style where necessary
  • Interpret and investigate the presenting symptoms of a patient who presents with blurred vision
  • Devise a logical management plan to investigate the patient’s presenting concern
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate differential diagnoses appropriately and identify common ocular pathologies resulting in appropriate management of the patients’ presenting signs and symptoms

Please note all six peer discussions cover the same three cases so delegates can not need to attend more than one session. 

Dry eye remains a ‘hot topic’ and rightly so due to the prevalence, but Indie is going to provide a different perspective to get us to think more about the end goal – ocular comfort – including contact lens wearers. When we focus on the end goal, adherence to regimes we suggest should be better, rather than sometimes concentrating on the diagnosis; in some ways thinking like eczema management – with focus on restoring condition to the skin, rather than condition itself. This will cover the background to what makes us uncomfortable, where sensations come from, and what’s needed to avoid daily irritation. 

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Indie Grewal


Thea Pharmaceuticals

The session provides guidance for community optometrists on conducting cataract post-op assessments, covering equipment required, what to look out for during the eye examination, complications and recommended course of action. Attendees also can choose to join the SpaMedica Cataract Post-op Scheme to manage post-op assessments.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

Speakers

Dr Alexander Silvester


SPAMEDICA

A discussion workshop to discover and develop communication/analytical skills to enable accurate contact lens recommendations based on patients needs. To use these skills to deliver excellent customer service and retain patients in contact lenses.

These sessions are independently run from the main conference programme and the content may not express the views of the College.

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4.50 PM

This session looks at cases of urgent referral to the hospital eye service. It is directed at community optometrists assessing patients and how to identify patients requiring urgent referral. It will focus on cases which are less well recognised by both optometrists and doctors, (including Horner’s Syndrome, urgent causes of diplopia such as third nerve palsies, Wernicke’s encephalopathy and Giant Cell Arteritis).

This session will allow an insight into how patients with neurological emergencies are assessed and managed in hospital eye services. It is important optometrists recognise their own limits and identify when patients require urgent treatment.
We will discuss the various investigations required, including pupil reactions and how they may be affected in Horner’s Syndrome and third nerve palsies and how some medications can be used to differentiate causes of anisocoria.
We will discuss patients with unusual causes of binocular vision anomalies including Wernicke’s encephalopathy and how to examine patients suspected of having papilloedema.

Competencies covered: Ocular examination, Ocular disease, Binocular vision and Standard of practice 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the investigation of pupil reactions and the presentation of Horner’s Syndrome
  • To understand the causes and management of various neurological conditions that require urgent referral (including Horner's syndrome, sudden onset diplopia and papilloedema)
  • To understand the investigation and possible causes of sudden onset diplopia that may require urgent referral
  • To understand how to examine effectively the optic disc to recognise abnormalities such as papilloedema
  • To understand the signs and symptoms of patients presenting with ocular pathology requiring urgent referral

Speakers

Rhys Harrison

Consultant
Bristol Eye Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust

This discussion workshop uses a series of cases that have been referred to secondary care and some from a referral refinement clinic in optometric practice.
The session will ensure that optometrists will have a greater understanding of how to interpret an OCT scan and how to recognise some common ocular conditions.

These cases will be used to encourage delegates to reflect on their current skills, knowledge of diseases and use of relevant pathways to refer and support patients who are suffering from macula, disc and other ocular disease.

The discussion will cover the use of imaging and OCT in diagnosing macula and disc conditions and optometrists will have a better understanding of how to make accurate diagnoses and referral decisions.
Delegates will also have a greater understanding of how to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team for ocular disease and how to formulate an appropriate management plan for the patient.

We will discuss the OCT’s ability to measure structural changes over time before visual field progression occurs and how to avoid over referrals based on a single abnormal finding from OCT.

Target group: Optometrist 

Competencies covered: Ocular examination, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

Learning objectives: 

  • Optometrists will have an evidence-based understanding of the use of OCT to assess various structures within the retina for accurate diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma and other conditions
  • Optometrists will have a better understanding of when to consult with other professionals for various ocular conditions and when to refer appropriately
  • Optometrists will have an enhanced understanding of the identification and changes of an optic nerve using OCT to enhance referral decisions in glaucoma and other ocular conditions
  • Optometrists will have a better understanding of how to make accurate diagnoses and referral decisions in cases of macular pathology

Speakers

Mike Horler MCOptom

Optometrist
Sussex Eye Hospital

This session will talk through a typical paediatric assessment discussing a range of age appropriate examining techniques which could be used and sensible management options based on findings.
The areas will be covered by discussing a variety of patient cases.

In particular the session will cover:
- the importance of a full paediatric history and how this differs from an adult history
- different assessment techniques such as Cardiff cards/kay pictures and the unpredictability of findings depending on cooperation
- examining binocular status
- different methods of retinoscopy; including Mohindra, cyclo, dynamic
- tips to help with assessing a child to keep them happy and relaxed as you work through your assessment
- management of different cases such as Strabismus (accommodative or not), Anisometropia, High refractive error (modification of prescription if appropriate)?
- when referral to secondary care is appropriate

Competencies covered: Communication, Assessment of visual function, Standards of practice and Binocular Vision 

Target group: Optometrist 

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the importance of a full paediatric history and it's relevance when examining children
  • To be able to understand different ways of assessing visual function for children and be able to use a variety of age appropriate tests.
  • To be able to manage paediatric cases presenting with a possible binocular vision anomaly. Differentiating between those needing referral and those which can comfortably be managed in community practice
  • To be able to investigate children presenting with binocular vision anomalies, such as strabismus and anisometropia, and be able to manage them appropriately, referring when required

Speakers

Suzanne Fraser MCOptom

Paediatric Optometrist
Bristol Eye Hospital

10-15 minutes introduction presentation – effectiveness of myopia control (summary graph of RCTs on myopia control), when to consider myopia control, myopia control approaches in optometric practice, contraindications for myopia control.

45 minutes case study discussions and summary of main points emerging from delegate discussions, in small groups.

Examples of the case studies are:

- late onset myopia with slow progression where myopia control was not indicated
- rapidly progressing myopia in a teenage boy with two myopic parents, excessive near vision (gaming), minimal time outdoors, near esophoria. Graphs of myopia progression show, in this case, bifocal spectacles ineffective, myopia stopped progressing with centre distance MF.
- rapidly progressing myopia in a girl who was a competitive swimmer fitted with orthokeratology

Parents of children with myopia need to know that the condition is not pathological but can increase the risk of some ocular pathologies in later life.

This discussion workshop will encourage an evidence-based approach to providing this information. It will update practitioners on recent developments in myopia control, but the potential of these developments will not be exaggerated. The workshop will use case studies to engage an interactive element of audience interaction.
The facilitators will have a summary of each case described on 2-4 sheets of paper, which will be disclosed to the group in sequence so as to gradually reveal the outcome. For example, the first sheet will describe the original presenting features of the case and the group will discuss the management options at that time. Then, the second sheet will be disclosed, stating the clinical decision that was actually made in the case, and the group will discuss the merits and prognosis. Then, the third sheet will be disclosed, indicating the outcome and the group will discuss whether that is as expected and what can be learnt from the case.

Competencies covered: 
Optometrist
: Communication and Contact lenses
Contact lens optician: Communication and Contact lenses

Target group: Optometrist and Contact lens optician

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand recent research on the aetiology of myopia so that patients can be given realistic expectations for myopia control
  • To understand the most appropriate contact lenses for children and teenagers
  • To appreciate methods of optimising good compliance in contact lens care, when fitting children and the importance of parental involvement.

Speakers

Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom

Director of Research
Institute of Optometry

This 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 case studies to be discussed are: blurry vision, intermittent painful eye and the value of disc OCT in the detection of glaucoma

Target group: Optometrist 
Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice, Ocular examination and Ocular disease 
Learning objectives: 

  • Conduct a full and relevant history to obtain information relating to symptoms, general health, medication and family history
  • Provide or arrange any further examinations, advice, investigations or treatment if required for your patient in an appropriate timescale
  • Understands the benefits and limitation of using OCT to examine the fundus
  • Understands the risk factors associated with glaucoma and OHT
  • To detect glaucoma by analysing examination results and referring on accordingly
  • Understand how common ocular conditions are managed
  • Present complex information to the patient in a comprehensive but easily understandable way, adapting your language and communication style where necessary
  • Interpret and investigate the presenting symptoms of a patient who presents with blurred vision
  • Devise a logical management plan to investigate the patient’s presenting concern
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate differential diagnoses appropriately and identify common ocular pathologies resulting in appropriate management of the patients’ presenting signs and symptoms

Please note all six peer discussions cover the same three cases so delegates can not need to attend more than one session. 

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Venue

New location! 

Telford International Conference centre is a modern, purpose built conference centre which will be an ideal space for Optometry Tomorrow. Click here to download information on Telford. 

Accommodation

Rooms are being held for delegates to book at the International Hotel and The Holiday Inn. Guests can now book these by calling 01952 527000 dialling 1 for reservations or by e-mailing reservations@southwatereventgroup.com quoting 'College of Optometrists'.

International Hotel:
Saturday 22 February - £110 (single) / £120 (double)
Sunday 23 February - £70 (single) / £80 (double)
Includes VAT and continental breakfast

The Holiday Inn:
Saturday 22 February - £120 (single) / £130 (double)
Sunday 23 February - £80 (single) / £90 (double)
Includes VAT and breakfast

Any rooms unsold 8 weeks prior to arrival (28 December 2019), will be released. Guests can still call and book onto the rates after this point, provided there is general availability.

Alternative options
There are over 550 bedrooms on site or within a minutes walk of the venue. There are 1000 bedrooms within a ten minute drive. The hotels are listed below in order of distance from the conference centre. Delegates need to book accommodation themselves please click on the links below for more information.

The College does not endorse any hotels. 

The International Hotel

Holiday Inn Telford Ironbridge

Travelodge Southwater 

Ramada 

Park Inn 

Premier Inn - Telford Central

Days Inn

Haughton Hall

Premier Inn - Telford North

The Whitehouse

Telford Q

Madeley Court 

Buckatree Hall

The Valley

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Driving and parking

The Telford International Centre is a hugely accessible event destination in the heart of the UK.
There are over 1500 free car parking spaces onsite, all within easy walking distance of the venue. 
We are encouraging delegates to park near Entrance 3 as this is where delegate registration will be. 
 
Cars can be left at the conference centre overnight. Although the car park is locked overnight so you won't be able to access your car. 
 

Telford International Centre
St Quentin Gate
Telford, Shropshire
TF3 4JH

www.theinternationalcentretelford.com/

Here's how to find the venue:
FROM M6 SOUTHBOUND
Leave M6 at junction 12. Take A5 west for 1 mile to Gailey Island. Take first left on to A449. Travel 3 miles to M54/J2. Travel west on M54 to J4. Take the second exit and follow signs to The Telford International Centre.
FROM M6 NORTHBOUND
Join M54 at M6/J10A. Travel west to M54/J4. Take the second exit and follow signs to The Telford International Centre. The venue is situated just over 2 miles from Junction 4.
FROM M6 ‘TOLL’ NORTHBOUND
Leave M6 Toll at junction T8. This equates to M6/J11. Go straight ahead into A460 (Wolverhampton Road) towards Wolverhampton. After 2.4 miles access M54/J1. Take the third exit off the roundabout onto M54 direction Telford. Travel west on M54 to J4. Take the second exit and follow signs to The Telford International Centre. The venue is situated just over 2 miles from Junction 4.
 
Driving times to Telford
Birmingham City Centre 45 minutes
Manchester City Centre 1 hour 30 minutes
Bristol City Centre 1 hour 45 minutes
Leeds City Centre 2 hours 15 minutes
London (M25) 2 hours 15 minutes
 

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Public transport

Telford Central station is located less than a mile from the Telford International Centre and is walkable in around 15 minutes. There is also a bus service from the train station the conference centre. Bus 4 goes from the station to the conference centre. The timetable can be viewed here.

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Restaurants and shopping centre

Next to the Telford International Centre there is a large shopping centre and a number of restaurants including Nando's, Pizza Express and Zizzi. For a full list of shops and some restaurants click here. Please note parking at the shopping centre is chargeable. 

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OptomFest
Make sure you don’t miss OptomFest, our networking reception, taking place on Sunday 23 February from 5.30-7pm at the Telford International Centre within the exhibition. This is an excellent opportunity for you to:

-    catch up with friends after the first day of the conference
-    take part in an OCT demonstration (more information below)
-    join our topic tables (more info below)
-    ask questions in our Q&A with speaker, Greg Heath
-    speak to exhibitors
-    visit our photo wall to take photos with friends
-    spin our prize wheel
-    gain app challenge points.


Are you new to conference? If so, meet by the posters during OptomFest to meet other new delegates. College staff will also be on-hand to say hello.

OptomFest will feature our ‘topic tables’ bringing together delegates interested in a range of topics. These informal discussions last 45 minutes and are facilitated by a College representative. Topic tables will be situated in the back of Hall 3 where it is quieter. There are no CET points available for these discussions. Topics are:

  • Mindfulness and managing workplace stress
  • Managing commercial pressures - How to work collaboratively with your manager and how to ensure you can utilise your professional judgment and act in the patients’ interest first.
  • Degree apprenticeships; who benefits?
  • How to set up your own independent practice
  • How can the profession shape the role of independent prescribing optometry moving forward?
  • Women in optometry and career development
  • Myopia management - Share ideas on how you are managing myopia in practice; how it is received by parents and children. Are there any barriers?
  • Leadership in optometry - How can we inspire more leaders at a national and local level? Share examples of local leadership as well as voids.
  • The changing scope of practice - An opportunity to discuss extended roles, furthering optometrists’ involvement in healthcare delivery and impact on future technologies.

OCT Demonstration - this session (6-7pm) will give you the opportunity to rotate around 4 exhibitors so that you can view their OCT. You will have 15 minutes with each company where you will see an OCT demo, specifically so that you can compare the time it takes to perform the image acquisition, the types of scan available and the style and format of the output report. We will provide a patient to rotate around each exhibitor with you so you can see the same patient on each piece of equipment. Participating companies are: Heidelberg Engineering, Mainline Instruments, Optos and Topcon. There are no CET points available for this session.

Bookings are now open for the topic tables and OCT demonstrations. Places are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

OptomFest is included in your ticket and drinks and nibbles will be provided. You will be able to mix with other delegates, presenters, exhibitors, College Council members and staff in a relaxed and informal environment.

In previous years we have held a Gala Dinner as part of the annual conference. The reception has been introduced to encourage a greater networking opportunity for delegates. We hope that the reception will offer further opportunities for peer conversations and discussions and proves another opportunity for engagement with conference sponsors and exhibitors. 

 

News from sponsors

In 2020 Thea will support the optometrists in the UK with our continued investment in education and innovation.  Our continual aim is to bring the most advanced formulations in eye care, offer true patient benefits and unique preservative free products.
Our portfolio of products help alleviate Dry Eye, Blepharitis and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, along with an Eye Nutritionals to support eye health and help to protect vision.  
•    Thealoz Duo – Thea’s most advanced preservative-free combination of Sodium Hyaluronate and Trehalose - for lubrication, hydration and protection of all dry eyes.  Preservative free and suitable for contact lens wearers.
•    Hyabak – Preservative-free Sodium Hyaluronate dry eye drops that provide a hydrating and lubricating solution for eyes and contact lenses.
•    Blepha Range is the No1 lid care range in Europe offers daily gentle lid cleansing that is free from preservatives, perfumes and parabens – plus no rinsing is required as they do not contain soap.   
•    Blephademodex – Specifically designed to provide relief for symptoms caused by Demodex. Contains Terpinen-4-ol a purified active extract from Tea Tree Oil
•    Eye Nutritionals – Nutrof Total is a TOTAL formula for eye health and vision in once a day capsule, now with added Vitamin D.

For more information on our products, training and literature packages please come and see us on our stand or visit our website www.thea-pharmaceuticals.co.uk

CooperVision at Optometry Tomorrow 2020 – celebrating contact lens heroes

At this year’s Optometry Tomorrow Conference and Exhibition in Telford, CooperVision is celebrating the difference eye care professionals make every day. Under the theme of ‘Celebrating incredible contact lens heroes’, delegates will have an opportunity to share their stories of how everyday contact lens practice can make a life-changing difference to their patients.

There will be a focus on how together, CooperVision and eye care professionals are taking on some of the biggest contact lens challenges – from tackling myopia with a soft lens proven to reduce the progression of myopia in children, to taking on hypoxia through silicone hydrogel one-day options for more wearers. The challenge of overcoming contact lens wearer drop out will also be a key topic. Join us at one of our CET workshops below:  

Sunday 23rd Feb:
9.35am – Discussion workshop: Lenscape
12.05pm – Discussion workshop: The art of prescribing for myopia
3.10pm – Interactive session (myopia management)

Monday 24th Feb:
10.05am – Discussion workshop: The art of prescribing for myopia
3.45pm – Discussion workshop: Are we listening carefully?
 
CooperVision is proud to once again be a Gold sponsor of this year’s event and is looking forward to giving a warm welcome to delegates. 

At Johnson & Johnson Vision, we have a bold ambition: to change the trajectory of eye health around the world. We deliver innovative vision solutions that enable Eye Care Professionals to create better outcomes for their patients throughout their lives; from sight correction solutions including world leading surgical technologies and contact lenses, to dry eye diagnosis, treatment and management and the restoration of vision for cataract patients. Since debuting the world’s first disposable soft contact lens in 1987, we have been helping patients see better through our world-leading portfolio of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. Serving more than 60 million patients a day across 103 countries, we are committed to helping people see better, connect better and live better. 
Supporting further education for eye care professionals is key in making this commitment a reality. Johnson & Johnson Vision is delighted to once again be a Gold Sponsor of Optometry Tomorrow and bring you two interactive discussion workshops: ‘Through Their Eyes’ and ‘Happy Patient, Happy Life’. Book your place now. 
We look forward to welcoming you at the Johnson & Johnson Vision stand at Optometry Tomorrow 2020. For more information on our services and products please visit www.jnjvisioncare.co.uk 

SpaMedica is one of the UK’s leading providers of NHS ophthalmology services, providing NHS cataract surgery, AMD treatments and YAG Capsulotomy and is now the largest cataract provider in the UK, performing over 35,000 surgeries each year across their 15 hospitals.
 
They have the largest cataract post-op assessment partner network in the UK. Over 2,500 accredited optometrists work with SpaMedica to provide great eye care for patients; improving their vision and quality of life.

SpaMedica is privileged to be able to support the thousands of patients that come to their hospitals and are dedicated to growing their reach. Their teams work across the UK to reduce waiting times for treatment, deliver the highest quality of care and support thousands of patients to achieve better vision. 

SpaMedica is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of Optometry Tomorrow. Come and visit us on Stand 40, where Alexander Silvester, Ophthalmologist & Medical Director, will be presenting a cataract surgery case study. Mr Silvester will also be hosting a series of in-depth CET sessions covering the optimisation of the patient journey, the focus on care before, during and after cataract surgery, referral and surgical management, reducing complications and NICE cataract guidelines. For more information visit https://www.spamedica.co.uk/optometrists/ 

The Alcon® product portfolio includes DAILIES TOTAL1® and DAILIES TOTAL1® MULTIFOCAL the first water gradient contact lenses, DAILIES® family of daily disposable contact lenses, AIR OPTIX® family of contact lenses, including our first silicone hydrogel coloured lens AIR OPTIX® COLORS, and FreshLook® color contact lenses.  Our contact lens care products include OPTI- FREE® PUREMOIST® multi-purpose disinfecting solution and AOSEPT® PLUS with HydraGlyde®.
The SYSTANE® eye drop family offers long-lasting dry eye relief through tearfilm restoration, and includes SYSTANE® ULTRA, SYSTANE® HYDRATION, SYSTANE® GEL DROPS, SYSTANE® BALANCE and the new SYSTANE® COMPLETE for mixed dry eye.
Please visit our website for more information www.myalcon.co.uk 

Entod Research Cell UK Ltd is an Ophthalmic pharmaceutical entity, part of the ENTOD International group, specializing in the design, development and manufacturing of Premium Quality Innovative Ocular Diagnostics, Specialized Dry Eye therapies, Ocular wellness solutions and consumer healthcare products. With supplies to over 55 countries worldwide, ENTOD has over 40 years of specialized ophthalmic expertise, a globally accredited international factory network and a team of over 1000 employees.

Our product range includes Ocular Diagnostic strips such as Fluorescein strips, Schirmer strips, Lissamine Green strips and Phenol Red Threads, and Dry Eye Drops for contact lens related dryness and dry eyes due to environmental factors and prolonged smartphone, computer & TV screen exposure.

Vision-R800 Phoropter

Essilor Instruments are pleased to showcase the Vision-R800, that reinvents refraction for the eye care professional and the patient alike. 

Features:
•    A patented automated optical module powered by digitally controlled motors
•    Simultaneous and instantaneous changes of sphere, cylinder and axis. 
•    Sphere range -20.00 D to +20.00 D in 0.01 D increments
•    Cylinder range to 8.00 D in 0.01 D increments
•    Axis range from 0° to 180° in 1°steps

Through the award winning Vision-R800 phoropter, 0.01D refraction has now arrived and Essilor can now supply lenses with a 0.01D prescription. Called A.V.A.: Advanced Vision Accuracy lenses are available in premium designs including Varilux X series.

Introducing TearStim - The new, simple and long-lasting solution to managing Dry Eye Syndrome

More than 20% of the world's population suffer from Dry Eye, 40% of whom wear spectacles or contact lenses. The complaints are diverse and are triggered by the strain of our modern lifestyles. Conventional methods only provide short-term relief of the symptoms. 

TearStim emits painless light pulses below the eye. By stimulating the nerve, neurotransmitters are released that stimulate the secretion of the meibomian glands and contribute to restoring normal activity. In addition, the quality of the gland secretion is improved, and the lipid layer of the tear film is stabilised.

At work, at school, in life, EyeDream - Ortho-k - has had a profound and positive effect on thousands of lives. We regularly hear of patients crying with joy when they remove their lenses for the first time!

So, whether it’s the WOW factor, the freedom or peace of mind offered by myopia control, EyeDream is simply different from other vision correction modalities.

Over the past 14 years, we have established EyeDream as the UK's leading ortho-k brand. With a tireless commitment to education and support, we have built a network of over 350 EyeDream centres. For every independent practice we partner with, EyeDream offers an exciting opportunity to develop a new and reliable revenue stream.
  
And we're just getting started! We’re excited about forming new EyeDream partnerships. If you would like to be part of the world’s fastest growing Ortho-k system, here are your next steps:
•    Give us a call on 01424 850620
•    We will schedule a day to visit you in practice to discuss the setup process
•    We will arrange a time for you to receive the appropriate accreditation training

And you're good to go - but you're never alone. Should you need it, our experienced and friendly support team are only a phone call away.

Bronze sponsors Topcon Healthcare will be on Stand 4, showcasing the following: 

•    3D OCT-1 Maestro2 - fully automated OCT with integrated true colour fundus camera, now features OCT Angiography (optional extra), follow-up scanning and data management.

•    Topcon Harmony - the next generation in data management and unlimited connectivity. Harmony allows you to connect all of your diagnostic instruments, regardless of manufacturer, in one secure web-based platform while supporting both Artificial Intelligence integrations and tele-medicine. 

•    DRI OCT Triton – Anterior & Posterior Swept Source OCT with Angiography. Penetrating through cataract, opacities and blood, it produces combination scans over the macular and disc areas in a single capture. 

•    SL-D701 LED Digital Slit Lamp - for high quality still images, video and infrared Meibomian gland imaging. Up to 40x optical magnification, and optional Blue Free Filter™ system for 1.6x brighter fluorescein observation.

•    Henson 9000 - for enhanced screening and monitoring of glaucoma with the unique ZATA threshold algorithm, which uses prior data for ongoing monitoring. 

•    SIGNAL - handheld retinal camera with true colour fundus images, enables non-mydriatic retinal examination with 50o x 40 o field of view, covering the macula and the disc. It is ultra-lightweight and easily maneuverable making this the perfect retinal camera for infants, small children and elderly patients. 

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Everything you need to know for your visit

Travelling to the venue/ flooding
We have been advised by the venue that roads around the TIC are not affected by the flooding, but please take your time to travel and check your local news before you set off. 

Early registration
Registration will open on Saturday 22 February from 5-7pm outside Hall 3, so be sure to register then to beat the Sunday morning rush and collect your name badge and delegate pack. 

Conference timeline

Date time activity
Saturday 22 February 5-7pm Registration desk opens 
Sunday 23 February 8am Registration desk and trade exhibition opens
Sunday 23 February 9.15am Conference begins
Sunday 23 February 5.35-7pm OptomFest (Hall 3)
Monday 24 February 8am Registration desk and trade exhibition opens
Monday 24 February 9am Conference begins
Monday 24 February 2.45-3.15pm AGM (Ironbridge 1 & 2) 
Monday 24 February 5.50pm End of conference

Useful downloads

Registration 
Upon arrival, please register at the conference registration desk, located outside Hall 3 on the Ground Floor. Registration and the trade exhibition will open from 8am on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 February. You will be given your delegate badge and pack on arrival, which includes the conference notebook. Presentation handouts and slides are only available on the app. A stand-up fork buffet lunch and refreshments are included in your ticket. Please note that there will be limited seating for delegates during the lunch hour.

Workshops, seminars, peer discussion and sponsor sessions
Please note that you can only attend the workshops, peer discussion and sponsor sessions that you have pre-booked, so please check your agenda. If you spot any discrepancies, or no longer wish to attend a certain session you can amend your sessions manually up until 5pm Friday 7 February. Following these instructions. After that deadline please call Amber Wilson on 020 7766 4347 or email Amber at amber.wilson@college-optometrists.org
There are a limited number of workshop spaces still available. 

Session allocation desk
Subject to availability, you will be able to enquire about or book a place on workshops, peer discussions and sponsor sessions at the 'session allocation desk' which will be located opposite the registration desk in Hall 3 foyer on the Ground Floor. Please only enquire about spaces on sessions for Sunday on Sunday and for Monday on Monday.
Please do not attend any additional sessions to those you have already booked without checking and booking your place at the session allocation desk first, as there may not be places available and, if you're not booked on, you will not be eligible for the CET points.
If you no longer plan to attend a pre-booked session, please inform staff at the allocation desk so that spaces can be opened up to other delegates.

CET 
It is essential that you keep your delegate badge with you for the duration of the conference for CET point registration purposes. To gain your CET points you must also complete our online feedback form. This is done through the individual sessions within the app. CET points will be uploaded within 10 working days of the event. If you cannot access the app please speak to a member of staff at the College stand. 

College stand
Don’t forget to pick up your limited edition Easter stickers from the College stand (number 30) and take the opportunity to speak to staff about member benefits, our clinical app, higher qualifications and our other latest developments.
 
Prayer room
There will be a prayer room available for delegates to use which is in the Newport 1 room, just next door to the Ryton Suite on the Ground Floor. 
 
AGM 
We encourage all College members to attend the AGM at 2.45pm on Monday in Ironbridge 1&2 to hear an update on College activities over the last year and put questions to the senior management team. 
 
The conference app 

A conference app is available to download from either the App Store or Google Play. Further information and instructions including your unique password have been sent to you. If you haven't received this please contact events@college-optometrists.org

Personal data
Please note that your email address, surname and GOC number will be passed onto sponsors running sponsor sessions, for the purpose ONLY of uploading your CET points. Sponsors have signed a data agreement agreeing that the data is to be used solely for CET purposes. 

If you agree to have your badge scanned by exhibitors, your full name, email address, phone number, organisation, town/city of work, job title and work setting will be passed onto them instantly. Please make the exhibitor aware if you do not want to have your badge scanned for this purpose. Once scanned, the data will belong to the exhibitor to use as they wish, e.g. for marketing purposes. 

If you have opted-in during your booking, the following personal contact details will be passed onto our Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors (listed on the conference homepage): full name, email address, phone number, organisation, town/city of work and work setting. This data will belong to the sponsors to use as they wish.
 

And finally
If you have any questions about the conference please contact the Events team on 0207 766 4347 or email events@college-optometrists.org

Over the conference weekend, the Events team can be contacted on 07889 728 227.

We are using the Twitter and Instagram, hashtag #OptometryTomorrow for the conference and we encourage you to join the latest discussion relating to the conference and to share your photos with us.

 

We look forward to welcoming you in Telford. 

If you have any questions regarding Optometry Tomorrow 2020, please contact us by email or on 020 7766 4377. Alternatively read our FAQs.

With thanks to our event sponsors:

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