Optometry Tomorrow 2019

Date:

24 - 25 February 2019 Add to calendar

Location:

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

Conference CET 16

Programme

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You must book a minimum of 8 sessions for this day.

8.00 AM

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9.15 AM

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9.35 AM

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Speakers

Keith Barton

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Glaucoma Specialist
Moorfields Eye Hospital

This talk will explore the benefits of paediatric contact lens fitting, from the point of view of the child, the parents and the practice. Compliance will be addressed, as well as the need to modify the approach when dealing with children and their parents. The fitting process will be discussed, with handy tips on adapting the usual routine for different age groups.

Speakers

Wendy Sethi

Contact Lens Consultant
The Wendy House (UK) Ltd

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.

Speakers

Dr Irene Ctori MCOptom

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

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. The 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 this will also be supplemented by videos showing how to detect Schaffer’s sign.  A significant proportion of the workshop will be dedicated to developing and optimising 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 should feel confident in investigating and appropriately managing patients that present with symptoms of flashes and floaters after this workshop.

Speakers

Kam Balaggan

Consultant in vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina and cataracts
Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary

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Speakers

Claire Mallon MCOptom

Senior Clinical Teacher in Optometry
The University of Manchester

This session will briefly revise the processes behind inflammation, infection and allergy in the eye. It will also describe the treatment options available using clinical examples from an Emergency Eye setting and explain how the different medications work in relation to treating inflammation, infection and allergy. 

Speakers

Amanda Harding MCOptom

Principal Optometrist
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

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Speakers

Laura Pigula

Clinical Affairs Specialist
Topcon (Great Britain) Medical Limited

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10.40 AM

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Professor Paul Foster

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Speakers

Dr Deanna Taylor MCOptom

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
City, University of London

Jane Johns

Patient with AMD

Vanessa Camp

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.

Speakers

Dr Irene Ctori MCOptom

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

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. The 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 this will also be supplemented by videos showing how to detect Schaffer’s sign.  A significant proportion of the workshop will be dedicated to developing and optimising 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 should feel confident in investigating and appropriately managing patients that present with symptoms of flashes and floaters after this workshop.

Speakers

Kam Balaggan

Consultant in vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina and cataracts
Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary

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Speakers

Claire Mallon MCOptom

Senior Clinical Teacher in Optometry
The University of Manchester

This seminar uses real cases of patients with glaucoma, suspect glaucoma and ocular hypertension, together with a detailed overview of high quality evidence sources to support prescribing practice.

There will be an emphasis on how to confidently select trustworthy and unbiased evidence and how to avoid sources with a high risk of bias. The seminar will present case studies from clinical practice to allow delegates to understand the principles of evidence-based glaucoma decision making, together with some of the common management challenges. This will include when not to prescribe, and when to refer to a more qualified practitioner e.g. to consider glaucoma surgery.  Different risk levels will be discussed from ocular hypertension through to advanced or progressive glaucoma.
The presentation will inform delegates about how to ensure that their patients are being safely managed by an appropriately qualified person, which is determined by the patient’s diagnosis and clinical risk. Delegates will appreciate which of the recognised qualifications are needed to diagnose and manage ocular hypertension, suspect glaucoma and glaucoma.

Speakers

Angela Whitaker MCOptom

Senior Lecturer
Cardiff University

No description provided

Insights show that the average age for starting contact lens wear in the UK is 20, yet we know that for the younger generation contact lenses can enhance confidence and improve lifestyle. In this interactive discussion workshop, we will examine how subtle changes to your communication with younger patients can make a big difference in the patient’s experience.

Speakers

Clair Bulpin MCOptom

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11.40 AM

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12.05 PM

From this expert panel delegates will be able to:

  • understand the range of myopia control treatments available
  • update knowledge on the evidence-base for these treatments in UK environment, as opposed to East Asian highly myopigenic environments
  • consider risk/benefit analysis for myopia treatments

Speakers

Professor Chris Hammond

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

Dr Nicola Logan MCOptom

Reader in Optometry & Physiological Optics
Aston University

Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom

Professor of Optometry and Vision Science
Ulster University

Evidence-based practice is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care. Using examples, this seminar will illustrate the process of summarising the best available evidence to inform decisions in healthcare. 

Delegates will learn how to: 

  • Understand the process of identifying and critically appraising research evidence
  • Understand the importance of evidence synthesis in healthcare
  • Knowledge of open access resources to support evidence-based practice

Speakers

Professor John Lawrenson FCOptom

Professor of Clinical Visual Science
City, University of London

This session is aimed at delegates who have been using an OCT for 6 months or more

Delegates will be asked to demonstrate competence in image generation on real world patients with active or diagnosed ocular disease. Interpretation and signs on images generated will be discussed. Discussions will also take place on decision making with regard to diagnosis & management including treatment and/or referral.

Speakers

Nicholas Rumney FCOptom

Chairman and Therapeutic Optometrist
BBR Optometry Ltd

This interactive workshop will enable optometrists to develop their hands-on skills in gonioscopy. There will be an introduction to the basic principles of gonioscopy followed by an opportunity to practice on patients. Particular attention will be made towards differentiating between open and closed angle glaucoma, as well as looking for key signs of pathology identified on gonioscopy, This will help optometrists improve the range of services they can offer to their patients and work towards engaging in glaucoma enhanced schemes. 

Competencies covered: Ocular disease and Ocular examination

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives:

  • To be able to use a slit lamp and gonioscopy lens to examine the anterior chamber 
  • To be able to differentiate between open and closed angle glaucoma using gonioscopy 
  • To be able to recognise abnormalities identified through gonioscopy and understand when to refer 

Speakers

Patrick Gunn MCOptom

Principal Optometrist - Training and Education
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Optometrists will learn:
1. How mainstream technology is becoming increasingly accessible to people with visual impairment.
2. How to use some of the simple  features that can make smart phones more accessible to people with visual impairment. 
3. How to use some common apps that allow people with visual impairment to use their phones and tablets as low vision aids.
 

Speakers

Andrew Miller MCOptom

Lead Optometrist
Focus Birmingham

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Speakers

Fiona Carley

This lecture plus discussion workshop focuses on how near vision assessment is currently taught in universities and used in sight examinations. It will also look at the effect of the increase of near vision targets as well as changing distances.
This is to aide the delegates in feeling comfortable and confident in understanding enhanced single vision lenses as well as recommending to their patients. 

Speakers

Andy Hepworth

Professional Relations Manager
Essilor Ltd

Professor Leon Davies FCOptom

Head of Optometry
Aston University

It’s a super challenge! There are ten patients in your waiting room needing your expert diagnosis but, you only have an hour left of the day. That’s not the worst news either; they are all over 40!  Can you handle the heat? In this fast-paced, interactive discussion workshop you will work alongside your peers as a group to diagnose and manage 10 different patients, with a wide range of symptoms.

Speakers

Sarah Long

Professional Affairs Consultant
Johnson & Johnson Vision

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1.05 PM

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2.05 PM
This seminar will discuss how to investigate suspicious lumps and bumps on the eyelids in optometric practice to differentiate between those that can be managed in practice and those that need referring to the hospital eye service. It will cover relevant points in history taking, how to examine the lids, how to recognise potentially malignant lesions and when referral is required.

Speakers

Raj Das-Bhaumik

Consultant Ophthalmic and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon
Moorfields Eye Hospital

The session will describe the use of OCT in glaucoma diagnosis and management and a deeper look into its use in alternative models of patient care such as virtual clinics. 

Speakers

Karl Mercieca

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Glaucoma Surgeon
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, U.K.

Please do not book on to this session unless you are an experienced OCT user.

The presenter will initially set out the basics of how to apply OCT technology in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with macular disease. During this portion of the workshop the presenter will seek to engage delegates by using a quiz based on some real life cases covering the basics of OCT interpretation, where delegates can answer using voting pads. The group will then break up into smaller groups where they will work through cases with a facilitator. Finally, the presenter will summarise the learning points that have come up and take any additional questions. 

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Ocular disease

Target group: Optometrists

Learning objectives:

  • To understand how to use OCT images to detect significant abnormalities in macular disease (e.g. age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal vein occlusion (RVO) and diabetic macular oedema (DMO)
  • To understand OCT images to aid in the recognition and management of macula disease
  • To be able to understand the treatment and follow-up of patients with macula disease.

Speakers

Tomas Burke

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Bristol Eye Hospital

During this session delegates will learn: 

- An overview of the signs/symptoms of accommodative dysfunction 

- A practical on the measurement of accommodative facility and lag

- Management of patients with accommodative problems 

Speakers

Dr Catherine Porter MCOptom

Senior Lecturer in Optometry
University of Manchester

The is an introductory workshop to help delegates gain knowledge and experience of Headset binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy technique. Hints and tips on when to use this technique over other ophthalmoscopy methods and how to get the best view of the fundus using the most appropriate indirect lenses. Consider how to record the findings and how to explain the technique to the patient. Discussion around use of ophthalmic drugs and gaining consent for carrying out the investigation/assessment.

Speakers

Rupal Lovell-Patel MCOptom

Academic Lead for Vision Sciences
University of Central Lancashire

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Speakers

Sonia Yong MCOptom

There are many cases of blepharitis that just don’t seem to improve despite the patient assuring you they are doing all you asked – is that when we should consider Demodex? There’s certainly a lot of interest in these little mites recently; this talk will untangle the myths: what they are, what they do, and how we should think about treating them when they become a problem. 

Speakers

Sarah Farrant MCOptom

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Speakers

Rebecca Stoner MCOptom

Clinical Affairs Specialist
Topcon (Great Britain) Medical Limited

Discussion workshop to explore how to approach and communicate with children and parents regarding soft contact lens myopia management- from the initial recommendations through to ongoing monitoring.

Speakers

Mark Chatham

Professional Services Consultant
CooperVision

Neil Retallic MCOptom

Professional Services Manager
CooperVision

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3.10 PM
This session will cover how imaging can be used to obtain information and then interpreted. It will also cover the future of OCTA retinal diseases.

Speakers

Mr Nishal Patel

Consultant Eye Surgeon
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust

Retinal gene therapy for inherited retinal degeneration is fast becoming a clinical reality. Gene therapy for Lebers Congenital Amaurosis was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the programme in Oxford for Choroideremia is entering phase 3 trials. As gene therapy enters the therapeutic domain, optometry will become more involved in both the screening and follow up of patients with inherited retinal degenerations and needs to be aware of the important aspects of vision as well as the possible pitfalls.

Delegates in this session will learn: 

  • How to assess the visual function and retinal structure of patients with inherited retinal degeneration
  • Learn about new treatment paradigms currently being developed and the impact these have on the assessment of patients
  • About the relationship between visual function and retinal anatomy.
     

Speakers

Jasleen Jolly MCOptom

NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow/Specialist Research Optometrist
University of Oxford

Please do not book on to this session unless you are an experienced OCT user.

The presenter will initially set out the basics of how to apply OCT technology in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with macular disease. During this portion of the workshop the presenter will seek to engage delegates by using a quiz based on some real life cases covering the basics of OCT interpretation, where delegates can answer using voting pads. The group will then break up into smaller groups where they will work through cases with a facilitator. Finally, the presenter will summarise the learning points that have come up and take any additional questions. 

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and Ocular disease

Target group: Optometrists

Learning objectives:

  • To understand how to use OCT images to detect significant abnormalities in macular disease (e.g. age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal vein occlusion (RVO) and diabetic macular oedema (DMO)
  • To understand OCT images to aid in the recognition and management of macula disease
  • To be able to understand the treatment and follow-up of patients with macula disease.

Speakers

Tomas Burke

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Bristol Eye Hospital

During this session delegates will learn: 

- An overview of the signs/symptoms of accommodative dysfunction 

- A practical on the measurement of accommodative facility and lag

- Management of patients with accommodative problems 

Speakers

Dr Catherine Porter MCOptom

Senior Lecturer in Optometry
University of Manchester

The is an introductory workshop to help delegates gain knowledge and experience of Headset binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy technique. Hints and tips on when to use this technique over other ophthalmoscopy methods and how to get the best view of the fundus using the most appropriate indirect lenses. Consider how to record the findings and how to explain the technique to the patient. Discussion around use of ophthalmic drugs and gaining consent for carrying out the investigation/assessment.

Speakers

Rupal Lovell-Patel MCOptom

Academic Lead for Vision Sciences
University of Central Lancashire

This session will cover: 

- what you can and can't do with treating contact lens conditions

- sharing the care; how you integrate with the HES

- dry eye; it's not enough if you don't have steroids

Speakers

Nicholas Rumney FCOptom

Chairman and Therapeutic Optometrist
BBR Optometry Ltd

Exploring the 2 reasons for developing dry eye – Aqueous Deficient & Evaporative. 
What should an ECP be considering when choosing a Dry Eye product? 
There are many Dry Eye Drops available, one will provide prolonged relief – Lacrifresh Ocu-Dry 0.30%. Why is that?
 

Speakers

Nick Dash MCOptom

Optometrist
Midland Eye

Discussion workshop to share best practice approaches and guidance for astigmatic contact lens patients.

Speakers

Samantha Armstrong

Contact Lens Optician

Chithra Dhanabalan

Professional Services Consultant
CooperVision

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4.10 PM

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4.35 PM

Delegates will be given an overview of the anatomy of the cranial nerves involved in ocular motility and their surrounding structures, and shown how the common causes of nerve palsy arise. 
A series of case studies, including patient videos will be used to demonstrate actual examples of ocular motor nerve palsies and show how they might manifest themselves in optometric practice. 
A discussion on onward management and treatment solutions will also be outlined. 

Speakers

Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom

Optometrist/Orthoptist
Roberth Firth Optometrists

This session will cover treatment choices in surgery to correct vision and who is eligible for the surgery. It will also help delegates to understand the outcome of surgery. It will cover contemporary techniques in refractive surgery, contemporary guidelines for eligibility and outcomes (visual results, complications and side effects). 

Speakers

Mr Bruce Allan

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Moorfields Eye Hospital

This session is aimed at delegates who have been using an OCT for 6 months or more

Delegates will be asked to demonstrate competence in image generation on real world patients with active or diagnosed ocular disease. Interpretation and signs on images generated will be discussed. Discussions will also take place on decision making with regard to diagnosis & management including treatment and/or referral.
 

Speakers

Nicholas Rumney FCOptom

Chairman and Therapeutic Optometrist
BBR Optometry Ltd

This interactive workshop will enable optometrists to develop their hands-on skills in gonioscopy. There will be an introduction to the basic principles of gonioscopy followed by an opportunity to practice on patients. Particular attention will be made towards differentiating between open and closed angle glaucoma, as well as looking for key signs of pathology identified on gonioscopy, This will help optometrists improve the range of services they can offer to their patients and work towards engaging in glaucoma enhanced schemes. 

Competencies covered: Ocular disease and Ocular examination

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives:

  • To be able to use a slit lamp and gonioscopy lens to examine the anterior chamber 
  • To be able to differentiate between open and closed angle glaucoma using gonioscopy 
  • To be able to recognise abnormalities identified through gonioscopy and understand when to refer 

Speakers

Patrick Gunn MCOptom

Principal Optometrist - Training and Education
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

This session will provide delegates with an overview of - and hands on experience with - current state-of-the-art technologies for simulating glaucoma. It will assess the theoretical and empirical evidence regarding the validity of such simulations. The session will also allow delegates to discuss potential applications for such technology. 

Speakers

Dr Pete Jones

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
City, University of London, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital

This session is only open to members who have the therapeutics or additional supply qualification. 

To get the most out of the session delegates will need to bring an anonymised case with them. 

More information will follow. 

Comfortable eyes is not just about dry eyes and the tear film – the link with blepharitis is well accepted. But how does this knowledge translate into the recommendations we make for patients? Choosing a good lubricant and giving the right advice to soothe sore eyelids is easy when you think differently about the problem – this talk provides that insight. 

Speakers

Iain Johnson

Contact Lens Optician

This discussion workshop focuses on the importance of a modern day MAR as well as understanding what patients want from their lenses. It will look at the three main areas of: Protection, Visual Performance and Cosmetic Appearance.
This is to aide the delegates in feeling comfortable and confident in recommending the best MAR to their patient and also explaining the benefits if faced with any objection.  
 

Speakers

Andy Hepworth

Professional Relations Manager
Essilor Ltd

Charlotte Timbury

Professional Relations Executive
Essilor Ltd

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5.35 PM

This is an excellent opportunity for you to:
-    network and engage after the first day of the conference
-    talk about your highlights from the day
-    speak to exhibitors
-    gain app challenge points.

The reception 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.

5.45 PM

Please select this option if you will not be attending the networking reception

Please select this option if either: 

- You will be attending the networking reception but do not want to sit at a topic table 

- You will be attending the networking reception, and would like to sit on a table but there are currently no spaces

This topic table will bring together delegates interested in dry eye. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates interested in dry eye. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates interested in OCT and glaucoma. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates interested in OCT and medical retina. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates to discuss issues facing women in optometry. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates to discuss issues facing women in optometry. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring delegates together who are considering starting the therapeutics qualification. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative who has the qualification. 

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

6.30 PM

Please select this option if you will not be attending the networking reception

Please select this option if either: 

- You will be attending the networking reception but do not want to sit at a topic table 

- You will be attending the networking reception, and would like to sit on a table but there are currently no spaces. 

This topic table will bring together delegates interested in dry eye. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates interested in dry eye. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates interested in OCT and glaucoma. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates interested in OCT and medical retina. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates to discuss issues facing women in optometry. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring together delegates to discuss issues facing women in optometry. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative.

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

This topic table will bring delegates together who are considering starting the therapeutics qualification. The informal discussion will last 30 minutes and will be facilitated by a College representative who has the qualification. 

Topic tables will be situated in the centre of the Monarch Suite during the networking reception. As the discussions are informal CET points are not available. 

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You must book a minimum of 6 sessions for this day.

8.00 AM

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9.00 AM

Inherited retinal diseases are a leading cause of blindness in the UK working age population. They can be caused by mutations in over 200 genes, with many still undiscovered. Some major advances have occurred in recent years allowing us to find the genetic cause in many patients. Also, novel treatments have been trialled for some conditions, with more being developed. This talk will aim to give an overview of the following: our current understanding of inherited retinal diseases; key investigations in the hospital eye service; advances in genetic screening; novel treatments, including gene therapy, stem cells, and electronic implants.  

After this session Optometrists will be more aware of how to detect inherited retinopathies, better able to advise patients in terms of management, and will be aware of current avenues of research into new treatments, and can convey this knowledge to their patients.
 

Speakers

Omar Mahroo

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Moorfields Eye Hospital

This seminar will aim to bring the delegates up-to-date with the issues surrounding glaucoma care in the elderly and revisit the concept of ‘dying with sight’. The session will focus on the potential risks of over- and under-treatment, the impact of ageing and companion general health issues, frailty and cognitive decline. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the significance of dementia using data from a research study using information from semi-structured interviews with patients, lay carers, and healthcare professionals, exploring understanding of eye drop regimens, barriers, and facilitators to drop administration, as well as attitudes toward glaucoma, dementia, and other comorbidities.

Speakers

Dr Robert Harper FCOptom

Optometrist Consultant and Honorary Professor of Optometry
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester

This session is aimed at delegates who have been using an OCT for 6 months or more.

In this session delegates will learn:

  • When it is useful to use RNFL on your OCT 
  • Macula ganglion cell complex and its role in glaucoma
  • Progression analysis on your OCT

Speakers

Mike Horler

Optometrist
Specsaver and Sussex Eye Hospital

The session will cover basic anatomy of the lacrimal drainage system, specifically dealing with the conditions and anatomical variations that cause it to block. Patient signs and symptoms will be discussed, leading the practitioner to know when it is appropriate to syringe, and when it may not be. The technique will be described and demonstrated, and delegates will then have the opportunity to carry this out on each other, supervised by the workshop leader and facilitators.

Speakers

Amanda Davidson MCOptom

Optometrist
Independent

Using real life case studies from a paediatric practice, Polly will give practical advice on how to adapt the consulting room routine to get the best out of seeing paediatric cases -both in terms of the tests performed and specialist equipment needed. Delegates will discuss when to prescribe for children and when to employ alternative strategies such as exercises or negative adds. Delegates will touch upon psychological factors including malingering and how to discuss this in a positive way with the child's parent/carer. Delegates will also look at practical management of common paediatric BV anomalies in practice. The session intends to build confidence in managing paediatric cases in the primary care setting, reducing the need for referral into secondary care.

Speakers

Polly Dulley MCOptom

Optometrist
Aves Optometrists

More information on the cases and competencies will follow. 

All peer discussion sessions on Monday will cover the same three topics so you only need to attend one session. 

Exploring the 2 reasons for developing dry eye – Aqueous Deficient & Evaporative. 
What should an ECP be considering when choosing a Dry Eye product? 
There are many Dry Eye Drops available, one will provide prolonged relief – Lacrifresh Ocu-Dry 0.30%. Why is that?

Speakers

Nick Dash MCOptom

Optometrist
Midland Eye

No description provided

Speakers

Nicola Bennett

Clinical Affairs Specialist
Topcon (Great Britain) Medical Limited

No description provided

10.05 AM

No description provided

Speakers

Clare Bailey

Over 5% of the UK population now has diabetes and rates are rising. This predominantly relates to increases in type 2 diabetes. Community based screening for diabetes retinopathy has now been instituted for over 10 years in the UK and is showing benefits. This session discussed the time course and risk factors for diabetic micro and macro vascular complications and how this relates to diabetic retinopathy findings. By the end of this session, participants should be able to discuss in a more evidence based manner the need for timely retinal screening and the implications of “Background” and more advanced levels of change. This will allow the optometrist to play their part in guiding patients to optimal self-management.

Speakers

Professor Colin Dayan

Professor of Clinical Diabetes & Metabolism
School of Medicine, Cardiff University

This session is aimed at delegates who have been using an OCT for 6 months or more.

In this session delegates will learn:

  • When it is useful to use RNFL on your OCT 
  • Macula ganglion cell complex and its role in glaucoma
  • Progression analysis on your OCT

Speakers

Mike Horler

Optometrist
Specsaver and Sussex Eye Hospital

This one hour skills workshop will consider historical aspects of contact lens development and endeavour to demonstrate the genius of Victorian pioneers and use their fundamental principles in combination with modern technological advances. Delegates will have the opportunity to examine, assess and evaluate Rigid Gas Permeable mini scleral contact lenses on eye with attention not only to fitting routines, but also patient communication styles and the importance of patient comfort and consent. On completion of the workshop attendees will be able to reflect on fitting procedures and clinical conditions which require a specialty product and a specific approach. Handling skills will ensure professionals are confident and capable of contact lens removal in the event of an emergency.

This session is sponsored by No7 Contact Lenses

Speakers

Nick Howard

Contact Lens Optician
Icontact Ltd

Using real life case studies from a paediatric practice, Polly will give practical advice on how to adapt the consulting room routine to get the best out of seeing paediatric cases -both in terms of the tests performed and specialist equipment needed. Delegates will discuss when to prescribe for children and when to employ alternative strategies such as exercises or negative adds. Delegates will touch upon psychological factors including malingering and how to discuss this in a positive way with the child's parent/carer. Delegates will also look at practical management of common paediatric BV anomalies in practice. The session intends to build confidence in managing paediatric cases in the primary care setting, reducing the need for referral into secondary care.

Speakers

Polly Dulley MCOptom

Optometrist
Aves Optometrists

More information on the cases and competencies will follow. 

All peer discussion sessions on Monday will cover the same three topics so you only need to attend one session. 

Comfortable eyes is not just about dry eyes and the tear film – the link with blepharitis is well accepted. But how does this knowledge translate into the recommendations we make for patients? Choosing a good lubricant and giving the right advice to soothe sore eyelids is easy when you think differently about the problem – this talk provides that insight. 

Speakers

Iain Johnson

Contact Lens Optician

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Video based case discussions to encourage best practice approaches with contact lens patients.

Speakers

Gurraj Jabbal MCOptom

Professional Services Consultant
CooperVision

Neil Retallic MCOptom

Professional Services Manager
CooperVision

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11.05 AM

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11.30 AM
Primary Eye Care practitioners evaluate patients with a wide diversity of clinical problems some of which include features of potentially serious neurological disease which requires prompt recognition and onward referral . 
This talk focuses on three groups of problems which can represent the beginning of a more serious problem and outlines how to gain confidence with evaluation and decision making, supporting safe community-based independent practice.
These are listed as: evaluation of swollen discs, double vision, and eyelid and pupil changes. 
 

Speakers

James Acheson

Consultant Neuro-Ophthalmologist
Moorfields Eye Hospital

Patients using eye drops often struggle with putting them in or do not use them at the correct times they have been instructed, and data shows that as many as 50% are non-compliant for various reasons with using medicines.  Eye drops are no exception and even in glaucoma which can lead to vision loss if poorly managed, patients are still only 50% compliant with using their eye drops.
It is essential therefore that healthcare professionals including optometrists are a) aware of this fact b) aware of the barriers to compliance which patients may be experiencing, and c) ways to help support them.
With improved adherence to their treatment regimen, patients are more likely to have better medical outcomes, better quality of life, less follow up appointments (due to condition not improving), likely less drops to use and less repeat prescriptions. In turn this helps improve the burden on the NHS for resources and finances.
In the absence of such education in professional courses such as optometry, this session helps to bridge that gap for delegates who otherwise may not have access to this resource to help improve the care and ultimately sight of their patients.
 

Speakers

Sarah Thomas

Lead Pharmacist Satellite Services and Contracts and KnowYourDrops co-founder
Moorfields Eye Hospital

Fiona Chiu

Associate Chief Pharmacist and KnowYourDrops co-founder
Moorfields 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.

Speakers

Dr Irene Ctori MCOptom

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

This one hour skills workshop will consider historical aspects of contact lens development and endeavour to demonstrate the genius of Victorian pioneers and use their fundamental principles in combination with modern technological advances. Delegates will have the opportunity to examine, assess and evaluate Rigid Gas Permeable mini scleral contact lenses on eye with attention not only to fitting routines, but also patient communication styles and the importance of patient comfort and consent. On completion of the workshop attendees will be able to reflect on fitting procedures and clinical conditions which require a specialty product and a specific approach. Handling skills will ensure professionals are confident and capable of contact lens removal in the event of an emergency.

This session is sponsored by No7 Contact Lenses

Speakers

Nick Howard

Contact Lens Optician
Icontact Ltd

The session will cover basic anatomy of the lacrimal drainage system, specifically dealing with the conditions and anatomical variations that cause it to block. Patient signs and symptoms will be discussed, leading the practitioner to know when it is appropriate to syringe, and when it may not be. The technique will be described and demonstrated, and delegates will then have the opportunity to carry this out on each other, supervised by the workshop leader and facilitators.

Speakers

Amanda Davidson MCOptom

Optometrist
Independent

More information on the cases and competencies will follow. 

All peer discussion sessions on Monday will cover the same three topics so you only need to attend one session. 

There are many cases of blepharitis that just don’t seem to improve despite the patient assuring you they are doing all you asked – is that when we should consider Demodex? There’s certainly a lot of interest in these little mites recently; this talk will untangle the myths: what they are, what they do, and how we should think about treating them when they become a problem. 

Speakers

Sarah Farrant MCOptom

Insights show that the average age for starting contact lens wear in the UK is 20, yet we know that for the younger generation contact lenses can enhance confidence and improve lifestyle. In this interactive discussion workshop, we will examine how subtle changes to your communication with younger patients can make a big difference in the patient’s experience.

Speakers

Clair Bulpin MCOptom

Discussion workshop to explore how to approach and communicate with children and parents regarding soft contact lens myopia management- from the initial recommendations through to ongoing monitoring.

Speakers

Mark Chatham

Professional Services Consultant
CooperVision

Neil Retallic MCOptom

Professional Services Manager
CooperVision

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12.30 PM

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1.35 PM

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1.40 PM

In the summer of 2015, two patients with subretinal bleeds were implanted with patches of stem cell-derived Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE). This keynote lecture by the Director of the 'London Project to Cure Blindness' will focus on their journey and whether we are any closer to finding a cure for blindness.
The session will cover:
- the disease process of AMD
- the physiology and pathological processes
- the types of patients that were suitable for treatment (wet AMD)
- the details of the trial and its results.

By using stem cell based therapies, the team hope to be able to prevent blindness, restore sight and improve the quality of life of those who suffer from retinal diseases, especially age-related macular degeneration. 

Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease

Target group: Optometrist

Learning objectives: 

  • To improve the understanding of AMD and its treatments and so be able to explain clearly to patients the implications of their eye condition
  • To improve the understanding of current research into treatments of AMD, stem cell therapies and the potential future treatments of retinal disease
  • To improve the understanding of the types of AMD and the different stages of the disease and so be able to identify those where referral and treatment is appropriate
  • To understand both current and future potential treatments for wet AMD

Speakers

Professor Pete Coffey

Theme Lead for Development, Ageing and Disease
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

More information on the cases and competencies will follow. 

All peer discussion sessions on Monday will cover the same three topics so you only need to attend one session. 

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2.45 PM

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3.30 PM

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3.55 PM
In this session delegates will be able to understand paediatric conditions that may present and which need routine or urgent referral. Delegates will become familiar with examples of classic paediatric presentations that need to be recognised and referred. For example retinoblastoma, pathological disc swelling and paediatric cataract. 

Speakers

Cathy Williams

Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Reader in Paediatric Ophthalmology
Bristol Eye Hospital and University of Bristol

This CET will provide an overview of the evidence linking modifiable lifestyle factors to ocular disease e.g. smoking, diet and exercise, and alcohol consumption. It will also provide evidence-based recommendations for the benefit of targeting these factors. A pilot ‘Healthy Living Optician’ scheme delivered from community optometry practices will be described in which optometry practices offer smoking cessation, alcohol Interventions and NHS Health Checks. 

Speakers

Professor John Lawrenson FCOptom

Professor of Clinical Visual Science
City, University of London

Michelle Dyoss

Public Health Specialist
Selph Consultancy

This session is aimed at delegates who have been using an OCT for 6 months or more.

In this session delegates will learn:

  • When it is useful to use RNFL on your OCT 
  • Macula ganglion cell complex and its role in glaucoma
  • Progression analysis on your OCT

Speakers

Mike Horler

Optometrist
Specsaver and Sussex Eye Hospital

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 live patients, the delegates will have the opportunity to try both techniques for themselves.

Speakers

Dr Dan Rosser MCOptom

Principal Optometrist
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

This workshop is aimed at optometrists of all abilities who want to improve their practical BV skills. Using a combination of short presentations, practical demonstrations and audience participation, the delegates will have the opportunity to evaluate their technique with a variety of tests including cover test and ocular motility. 
The presenter will discuss each of the techniques in turn, demonstrating the optimum method in each case, and then observe as delegates perform the tests on each other, and on patients. The presenter will be on hand to give one-to-one guidance to the delegates, ensuring that they get the most out of the session.

Speakers

Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom

Optometrist/Orthoptist
Roberth Firth Optometrists

More information on the cases and competencies will follow. 

All peer discussion sessions on Monday will cover the same three topics so you only need to attend one session. 

Exploring the 2 reasons for developing dry eye – Aqueous Deficient & Evaporative. 
What should an ECP be considering when choosing a Dry Eye product? 
There are many Dry Eye Drops available, one will provide prolonged relief – Lacrifresh Ocu-Dry 0.30%. Why is that?

Speakers

Nick Dash MCOptom

Optometrist
Midland Eye

A peer discussion comprising on 4 tasks exploring the need for enhanced single vision lenses. It comprises of 2 case studies, a discussion on different manufacturer options available and a discussion on what these lens type claim to resolve.
A variety of options are considered and the delegates are encouraged to use their own experiences in practice to contribute to the discussion.  

Speakers

Andy Hepworth

Professional Relations Manager
Essilor Ltd

Charlotte Timbury

Professional Relations Executive
Essilor Ltd

It’s a super challenge! There are ten patients in your waiting room needing your expert diagnosis but, you only have an hour left of the day. That’s not the worst news either; they are all over 40!  Can you handle the heat? In this fast-paced, interactive discussion workshop you will work alongside your peers as a group to diagnose and manage 10 different patients, with a wide range of symptoms.

Speakers

Sarah Long

Professional Affairs Consultant
Johnson & Johnson Vision

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5.00 PM

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Speakers

Ian Pearce

This session is aimed at delegates who have been using an OCT for 6 months or more

Delegates will be asked to demonstrate competence in image generation on real world patients with active or diagnosed ocular disease. Interpretation and signs on images generated will be discussed. Discussions will also take place on decision making with regard to diagnosis & management including treatment and/or referral.

Speakers

Nicholas Rumney FCOptom

Chairman and Therapeutic Optometrist
BBR Optometry Ltd

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 live patients, the delegates will have the opportunity to try both techniques for themselves.

Speakers

Dr Dan Rosser MCOptom

Principal Optometrist
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

This workshop is aimed at optometrists of all abilities who want to improve their practical BV skills. Using a combination of short presentations, practical demonstrations and audience participation, the delegates will have the opportunity to evaluate their technique with a variety of tests including cover test and ocular motility. 
The presenter will discuss each of the techniques in turn, demonstrating the optimum method in each case, and then observe as delegates perform the tests on each other, and on patients. The presenter will be on hand to give one-to-one guidance to the delegates, ensuring that they get the most out of the session.

Speakers

Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom

Optometrist/Orthoptist
Roberth Firth Optometrists

More information on the cases and competencies will follow. 

All peer discussion sessions on Monday will cover the same three topics so you only need to attend one session. 

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