7 October 2019

College hosts seventh Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize conference

The College of Optometrists held its seventh Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize conference at the weekend.

The conference, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, featured some of the most popular lectures and workshops from Optometry Tomorrow 2019, held in February. 

The Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize one-day programme featured a lecture given by Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom entitled; BV: double trouble - when ocular motor nerves go horribly wrong. Other highlights included an OCT workshop given by Mike Horler MCOptom and Prof Robert Harper FCOptom presented on ageing and glaucoma management. 

Delegate Jason Searle MCOptom attended the conference and said; “Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize was a great event to attend. There were plenty of workshops and a varied lecture programme. The "Real world effects of living with AMD" lecture I attended was extremely thought provoking, where we heard first-hand experience from a lady with AMD and the experiences she faces with the condition. The conference also provided a chance to catch up with other optometrists and share experiences from our careers. All in all, I felt it was a very worthwhile event and will recommend it to my colleagues.”  

Prof Edward Mallen MCOptom, President of The College of Optometrists, said: "We're very proud to have run Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize for the seventh consecutive year. It's great to be able to provide a whole package in a convenient one day event for our members and to see so many delegates returning year-on-year. This year we had a variety of peer discussions, workshops and lectures, all of which provide very valuable content for members to take back to their practice setting."

Optometry Tomorrow 2020, the College’s annual two-day conference will take place at the Telford International Centre in Telford on 23-24 February 2020. It will include a keynote speech by Professor Alice Roberts, broadcaster and author. College members who book their tickets by 31 October can purchase a two-day ticket for £170 (full rate £340), or a one-day ticket for £120 (full rate £240). Further discounts are available for students and members who qualified from July 2016 onwards.

Visit the website for more details and to book tickets


Notes to editors

  1. The College of Optometrists is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.

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