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Optometry Tomorrow 2019


24 – 25 February 2019 Add to calendar


Hilton Birmingham Metropole, The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP

Conference CET 16

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Poster presentations

As part of Optometry Tomorrow’s commitment to demonstrating how today’s innovation and research leads to tomorrow’s practice, poster presentations will once again bring new developments on all sorts of topics straight to delegates.

Poster presentations provide a unique opportunity for you to talk one-on-one with the individual behind the work, as you can chat to the poster presenter and find out exactly what the work might mean for you.

Posters will be displayed throughout the proceedings and there will be a prize awarded to one of the poster presenters as part of the College’s Research Excellence Awards. Presenters will present their posters during the lunch and some coffee breaks, and during the Networking Reception on Sunday evening.

Glaucoma Shared Care in England: A survey of glaucoma shared care schemes in 2017
Niti Bhadreshwara MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc, Optometrist

The purpose of this study was to determine the number and nature of glaucoma shared care schemes operating in England in 2017. 109 ophthalmology departments were invited to take part in a short survey about their glaucoma care provision. 13 units completed the survey and the results were compared to an earlier survey carried out in 2006. Despite the low response rate, our results suggest that optometrists are playing an increasing role in glaucoma care provision in England. Further work is required to investigate the impact of the recent updated NICE guidance and the expanding role of virtual clinics.

A framework for the provision of eye care in special schools in England
Lisa Donaldson MCOptom, Optometrist and Head of Eye, Health SeeAbility 

This poster introduces a nationally agreed framework for the provision of eye care in special schools in England, which has practising optometrists at its heart and has influenced NHS England to consider the introduction of a nationally commissioned service in 2019. Supported by Public Health England as a more comprehensive alternative to mainstream school entry vision screening (as sight testing and in-school dispensing is recommended), the poster also provides clear evidence of the need for better eye care amongst children with learning disabilities.

A pop-up health check for intra-ocular pressure and blood pressure: reaching the right people?
Laura Edwards MCOptom, Optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and PhD researcher at City, University of London

Socioeconomic status is an important predictor of ocular health. This project utilised a ‘pop-up’ health check for measuring intra-ocular pressure and blood pressure to encourage the general public to engage in their ocular health. This poster explores the relationship between socioeconomic status and engagement with our pop-up, as well as participants’ self-reported engagement with optometric eye care.

Using number of myopic parents and genetic susceptibility to predict refractive error
Neema Ghorbani MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc Prof Cert LV, PhD researcher, Cardiff University

Usually clinicians may use the refractive status of a child's parents to determine the risk of myopia, influencing their clinical decision making about myopia control or early recalls. This project compared using the number of myopic parents against that of a genetic risk score (myopia risk determined through genetics alone) for predicting myopia risk. It found that using a combination of a number of myopic parents and genetic risk predicted significantly better than using either one independently, an interesting message for clinical practice. It further suggests that number of myopic parents also captures the influence of non-genetic factors that contribute to myopia development.

A minimum dataset for the ophthalmic examination of patients with a history of stroke: a Delphi study
Malcolm Maciver MCOptom, Senior Lecturer in Optometry, University of Portsmouth

Optometrists are being called on more frequently to provide care to patients suffering with the visual consequences of acquired brain disease. Stroke is one of the most common causes of mortality in the developed world, with the majority of survivors experiencing visual consequences of cerebrovascular disease. There is a paucity of evidence for the accuracy of visual examination techniques in patients following stroke. This study reviewed the practice and clinical recommendations of optometrists experienced in the provision of care with these patients and, using a Hegelian approach, designed a comprehensive and minimum battery for the visual examination of stroke survivors.

Mobilisation of a trained optometrist glaucoma workforce in Herefordshire
Wendy Newsom MCOptom Dip Tp(IP) Prof Cert glauc Higher Cert Glauc, Optometrist, Herefordshire

In 2017 Herefordshire ophthalmologists indicated that they wanted to expand the current Glaucoma Referral Filtering and OHT Monitoring services to meet the latest commissioning guidance. The College Professional Certificate in Glaucoma is required to meet the 2016 CCEHC guidance for this service. The LOC supported optometrists in the county by paying the fee to complete the Certificate at Cardiff University. All optometrists who started the course completed it, and Herefordshire now has a trained optometrist glaucoma workforce. The Community Optometrist Glaucoma service (COGS) has subsequently been recommissioned by the CCG.

Validation of a novel gaze-contingent perimeter with high-speed eye tracking
Nikita Thomas MCOptom, PhD student and Optometrist, Cardiff University

Visual field testing is an important technique for managing a range of visual system disorders. In order for a visual fields test to be accurate, it is essential that patients keep their eyes fixed on a central target. This means that visual field testing in patients with highly unstable fixation (e.g. nystagmus) might be inaccurate. To investigate this, the project built a visual field instrument that uses a high-speed eye tracker to compensate for unstable eye movements. This poster presents information on the reliability of the instrument and how it might better detect visual field loss in this patient group.