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London member CET event

  • Member CET event


6pm – 9.30pm, 27 March 2019 Add to calendar


BMA House, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9JP

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Your next free member CET event in the London region will take place on Wednesday 27 March 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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7.00pm Lecture by Kam Balaggan

'A complete optometrist's guide to PVDs, retinal breaks and retinal detachments. What you must know and what you need to do.'                                                          

The lecture will focus on the risk factors of retinal detachment and PVD, as well as the systematic approach to the assessment and management of patients who present with flashes and floaters. The lecture will differentiate between the common vitro-retinal conditions. Particular emphasis will be made on the importance of dynamic vitreous assessment in order to assess whether there is a posterior hyaloid membrane present showing PVD with collapse and videos showing how to detect schaffers sign.

Learning objectives:

  • To be able to communicate appropriate advice and explain the referral pathway when patients present with flashes and floaters
  • To be able to offer further advice and manage referrals in a timely manner appropriate to the pathology when patients present with flashes and floaters
  • To be able to understand the risk factors for retinal detachment and PVD 
  • To be able to interpret and investigate a patient presenting with flashes and floaters To be able to develop a management plan for the investigation of the patient presenting with symptoms of a retinal detachment, using dilation, slit lamp and volk examination and referring appropriately.

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

Kam Balaggan

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


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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

The peer discussion will cover cases on low vision, a patient with severe learning disability and a patient with tired, achey eyes. 

Learning objectives: 

  • Identify patient concerns and anxieties regarding their visual function and explain clearly the implications of common eye diseases that can lead to visual impairment
  • Identify patients who would benefit from low vision aids and provide advice on the different types available
  • Provide advice on lighting and contrast to enhance visual performance
  • Make appropriate referrals for visually impaired patients and understand how they can access services. 
  • Know how to communicate with non-verbal patients in a clear and comfortable way, being aware of the importance of body language
  • Know how to communicate effectively with a carer who accompanies a non-verbal adult with learning disabilities
  • Understand signals which could indicate a patient’s lack of capacity to consent
  • Understand your legal obligations in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults
  • Elicit details of significant symptoms and understand the relevance of symptoms
  • Ask appropriate and relevant questions to follow up on reported symptoms
  • Evaluate risk factors, identify findings and decide on a referral pathway
  • Understand treatment options for a patient with this condition
Competencies covered: communication, optical appliances, standards of practice and ocular disease

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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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Venue and travel details

Please note there is no parking available at the venue. 

The nearest mainline and tube stations are Euston (5 minutes' walk) and Kings Cross-St Pancras (10 minutes' walk).