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North East member CET event

  • Member CET event


6pm – 9.30pm, 12 June 2019 Add to calendar


Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel , Marconi Way
NE11 9XF

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Your next free member CET event in the North East region will take place in Newcastle on Wednesday 12 June 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 Saurabh Goyal

'Beyond the myths and legends in angle closure glaucoma: current concepts in the diagnosis and management.' 

Angle closure glaucoma is a blinding disease (1 out of 4 people). Optometrists can pick up angle closure by simple slit lamp examination by assessing the peripheral limbal chamber depth and then refer for confirmation by gonioscopy. Patients can be treated by laser, lens extraction or drops to open the angle and reduce the IOP and prevent sight loss. 

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the concepts of Van Herrick estimation and gonioscopy 
  • To understand the definition and prevalence of angle closure glaucoma 
  • To understand the risk factors for angle closure 
  • To understand the role of laser iridotomy and lense extraction in angle closure

Competencies covered: Ocular examination and ocular disease. 

Saurabh Goyal

Consultant Ophthalmologist
St Thomas' Hospital


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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

The venue has two car parks - one at the front (SATNAV postcode is NE11 9NH) and one at the back (SATNAV postcode is NE11 9XF). Parking is complimentary. Click here for more detailed instructions. 

The closest train stations are MetroCentre (0.1 miles) and Newcastle Central (4 miles).