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Hatfield member event

  • CET event


6pm - 9.30pm, 1 May 2018 Add to calendar


Beales Hotel, Hatfield, Comet Way
AL10 9NG


Contact lenses, Myopia

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Your next free member CET event in the Eastern region will take place in Hatfield on Tuesday 1 May from 6pm.

The evening will consist of an interactive lecture followed by a peer discussion.

Lecture: 1 interactive CET point

Peer discussion: 3 interactive CET points 

Expected timings for the evening

6.00pm Registration - buffet and networking

This is an opportunity to have something to eat whilst networking with fellow attendees and exhibitors. We encourage you to arrive by 6pm to allow yourself plenty of time to park, register and have a bite to eat.                           

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6.40pm Welcome

A College representative will give you an update on the College's current activities. 

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7pm Lecture by Professor Tom H Williamson

"Flashes and floaters a primary care conundrum" 

The lecture will examine the presentation of symptoms and signs of posterior vitreous detachment. The conflict of clinical practices in the primary care setting and in tertiary practice will be discussed. Treatment of the complications of the condition will be examined. In particular a risk analysis will be discussed related to presenting signs and symptoms.
Learning objectives
  • To determine referral patterns appropriate to different presentations of symptoms and signs of vitreoretinal disorders
  • To debate the application of different levels of competency to different clinical environments
  • To discuss medicolegal implications related to posterior vitreous detachment
  • To discuss medicolegal implications related to posterior vitreous detachment
  • To understand the risk analysis of retinal tear formation in relation to symptomatic posterior vitreous detachment.

Competencies: Standards of Practice, Ocular Disease

Professor Tom H WIlliamson

Vitreoretinal surgeon
St Thomas Hospital, London


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8.00pm Refreshments and networking

This is an opportunity to have some tea / coffee and speak further with fellow attendees and exhibitors. 

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8.20pm Peer discussion - batch 14

The peer discussion will cover cases on myopia and sports, contact lenses and social media. 

Learning objectives:

- To understand the risks of a high myope
- To give lifestyle advice appropriate to the patient’s needs
- To give appropriate advice on personal eye protection and appropriately advise patients on their occupational visual requirements
- To manage a patient’s expectations when fitting toric contact lenses
- To understand the designs and materials available in toric contact lenses and select an appropriate lens to trial
- To understand the main options of managing presbyopia with contact lenses
- To understand the ocular side effects of diabetes in relation to contact lens wear
- To identify and respond appropriately to patients’ fears and anxieties concerning their sight
- To convey knowledge in an informative way, explore patient expectations and check their level of understanding
- To ensure professional conduct in the online environment and maintain patient confidentiality when using social media
- To demonstrate knowledge of the GOC’s Standards of Practice with regards to maintaining appropriate boundaries and responding to complaints effectively and to demonstrate knowledge of the advice and guidance set by professional bodies
- To manage patients presenting with macular degeneration, establish their needs and visual function and make appropriate recommendations for management or referral. 

Competencies covered: Ocular Disease; Standards of Practice, Optical Appliances, Communication, Contact Lenses.

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

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Contact the events team on +44(0)20 7766 4377 or email if you have any queries.

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Venue and travel details


Getting there:

By car:
•    From A1(M) southbound or northbound, exit at Junction 3 and follow signs to Hatfield.
•    On reaching the roundabout with the Ramada hotel to your left, and the Galleria shopping centre to your right, go straight on, keeping the Galleria to your right.
•    Beales Hotel is on the left, 50m past the roundabout on the Comet Way one way system.

•    There is complimentary onsite car parking available.

By train:
•    Hatfield station is 1.9 miles away from the hotel via Comet Way/ A1001.

By air:
•    Luton international airport is 9.9 miles away from the hotel.