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London member event incorporating the Research Excellence Lecture

  • CET event


5.30pm - 9pm, 25 January 2018 Add to calendar


Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road


Binocular vision

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Your next free member CET event in the London region will take place at Wellcome Collection on Thursday 25 January from 5.30pm.

The evening will consist of a peer review followed by The Research Excellence Lecture which will be delivered by Professor Sir Colin Blakemore.

The Research Excellence Lecture is the event at which the College’s most prestigious Research Excellence Award, the President’s Research Medal, is awarded. Given for an outstanding contribution and recognising a lifetime's career in optometric or vision science research, the lecture represents a unique opportunity to hear directly from a hugely influential figure about how their work has helped to shape the profession.

Peer review: 3 interactive CET points

Lecture: 1 interactive CET point

Expected timings for the event

5.30-6.00pm Registration for peer review

This is an opportunity to register and network with fellow attendees. We encourage you to arrive by 5.30pm to allow yourself plenty of time to register.

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6.00-7.00pm Peer review

Delegates are asked to bring their own anonymised case from their own practice. The case should be something that they have found challenging or interesting. 

Learning objectives: 

  • To be able to improve the ability to convey an expert knowledge of physiological and pathological eye conditions giving factually relevant information in an informative, clear and understandable way whilst remaining empathetic and patient-centred
  • To be able to improve the ability to convey an expert knowledge of physiological and pathological eye conditions giving factually relevant information in an informative, clear and understandable way whilst remaining empathetic and patient-centred
  • To be able to update and improve working knowledge of the College of Optometrist’s Guidance for professional practice and local protocols, demonstrating an ability to investigate and manage according to a patient’s signs and symptoms
  • To be aware of your obligations regarding patient safety and know how to raise concerns 

Competencies covered: Communication, Standards of practice and Ocular disease 

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6.30-7.45pm Lecture registration, refreshments and networking

This is an opportunity to have something to eat and a cup of tea/coffee and speak further with fellow attendees. Those arriving to attend the lecture will use this time to register.

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7.45-8.45pm Lecture: A visual experience - Professor Sir Colin Blakemore

The Research Excellence Lecture will be delivered by Professor Sir Colin Blakemore who will draw on his experience in lecturing on the eye, the visual system and visual perception to medical and science students at Cambridge and Oxford for more than 40 years.

This lecture will discuss the possible brain mechanisms for interpreting stereoscopic cues and perspective, whether and how the stereoscopic cues and perspective to distance are integrated, and the implications of this not only for figurative art but also for architecture. The presenter will offer an explanation for one of the puzzles in the history of architecture – why Michelangelo apparently made a mistake in the design of one of the most famous piazzas in Rome.

Learning Objectives:

  • To give examples of visual function and disorders of vision in easily comprehensible terms, to help optometrists to develop effective communication skills 
  • To provide up-to-date information about central visual processing, which will help optometrists to understand symptoms and signs of neurological significance
  • To describe the likely causes of developmental anomalies of binocular vision 

Competencies covered:

  • Standards of practice
  • Ocular disease
  • Binocular vision

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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 Stacey Kelly on +44(0)20 7766 4347 or email if you have any queries.

Venue and travel details

Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road