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North West regional event in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision

  • Free interactive CET evening event for College members


6pm - 9.30pm, 14 September 2017 Add to calendar


Contact lenses, Public health

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Your next free member CET event in the North West region will take place in Salford on Thursday 14 September from 6pm.

The evening will consist of a lecture and a discussion workshop. 

Lecture: 1 interactive CET point 

Workshop: 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 Johnson and Johnson Vision. We encourage you to arrive by 6pm to allow yourself plenty of time to 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 activites. Following this there will be a short presentation by a Johnson and Johnson Vision representative. 

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6.55pm Lecture/Workshop

Lecture: The Impact of lifestyle on eye health by Professor John Lawrenson FCOptom


This lecture will provide an overview of the evidence relating to modifiable lifestyle factors as risk factors in ocular disease e.g. cataract, AMD, and dry eye. It will also provide evidence-based recommendations for the likely benefit of targeting these factors. Particular emphasis will be given to nutrition and eye health and the potential value of micronutrient supplementation, the importance of smoking cessation and the putative role of blue light in retinal toxicity. In relation to smoking, strategies will be given to administer brief smoking cessation interventions that are feasible in community optometric practice.

Number of CET points: 1 interactive point 

Competencies covered: Standards of Practice; Ocular Disease

Learning Objectives

  • To review the evidence on lifestyle factors e.g. diet, smoking and exposure to sunlight in relation to risk of developing ocular disease
  • To provide evidence-based advice to patients on lifestyle modifications
  • To develop strategies to target modifiable risk factors e.g. smoking cessation and dietary modification.

Discussion workshop: Tears: friend or foe by Amanda Davidson MCOptom


There is an ever-increasing variety of soft contact lenses available to practitioners in modern practice. These lenses all vary in terms of their design and their material properties and will interact differently with each individual patient’s tear film and ocular surface. This interactive discussion workshop will encourage practitioners to consider the interaction between different contact lenses and the tear film/ocular surface of their patients. Through observation of a virtual patient, delegates will be able to explore the different methods of assessing the tear film and ocular surface and see how different contact lens materials behave within the tear film. By appreciating how to optimise this interaction, practitioners will be able to help patients wear lenses more comfortably for longer periods and across the different stages in their lives.

Number of CET points: 3 interactive points 

Competencies covered: Ocular Disease, Ocular Examination and Contact lenses

Learning Objectives

  • To appreciate which slit lamp examinations can be employed to examine the tear film quality and quantity, i.e. TBUT, tear meniscus height, observation of debris and assessment of meibomian glands.
  • To appreciate how to use a slit lamp and topographer to assess and record TBUT, NITBUT, tear meniscus height, lids and lashes assessment and meibography and understands how these findings relate to tear film quantity and quality.
  • To understand how lens design and material properties might affect the interaction between the lens and the ocular surface, and how this might determine lens choice.
  • To be able to recognise signs and symptoms of discomfort or dry eye issues that may be affecting their contact lens wear and act accordingly to correct these issues.
  • To be able to recognise and understand how to assess MGD and appreciate the implications that it may have on the tear film and therefore contact lens comfort.

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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 Johnson and Johnson Vision Care.

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8.20pm Lecture/Workshop

Same information as for the 6.55pm session.

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Privacy Notice

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Contact Helen Mitchell on +44(0)20 7766 4386 or email if you have any queries.

Venue and travel details

The Lowry (Arts and Entertainment)

Pier 8
The Quays
M50 3AZ