14 February 2024

Don’t miss Optometry Tomorrow 2024

There is still time to register for the College of Optometrists’ flagship event, Optometry Tomorrow.

Now in its 20th year, for Optometry Tomorrow 2024 the College is collaborating with the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) to bring delegates an even bigger event.

2024 is the final year of the current three-year CPD cycle and the integration with BCLA Focus will provide eye care professionals with greater access to CPD, research and good practice.

It will take place at Telford International Centre on 28 and 29 April 2024.

As well as a major optical exhibition featuring around 30 companies, there will be some 110 CPD sessions over the two days, making it possible for attendees to gain all their required CPD points in this final year of the GOC cycle.

Delegates are welcome to attend sessions run by both organisations and will be able to collect an average of 15 CPD points over the weekend encompassing all four CPD domains. It will also be possible to gain contact lens optician and therapeutics specialty points.

Attendees will be able to find out more about the latest innovations in their profession and benefit from face-to-face learning and networking opportunities.

As always, there will be lots of opportunities to develop skills in clinical techniques, by attending the popular hands-on clinical workshops that form part of both the College of Optometrists and the BCLA programmes.

In fact, visitors will have no less than 27 practical workshops to choose from, 56 small group sessions, 12 peer review sessions and 10 business and communications skills sessions.

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College of Optometrists Clinical Adviser, Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom MBE shares his top picks:

“It was a difficult choice, but you can see below my selection of four noteworthy sessions.”

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Transforming Eyecare with Artificial Intelligence - 20th Anniversary Keynote Lecture

Pearce Keane, Professor of Artificial Medical Intelligence at the Institute of Ophthalmology, will explain how the widespread adoption of AI will help ophthalmologists spend more time treating people with complex eye diseases. He will reveal its impact on your practice, and how vital it is to have a good understanding of its potential, so it can be harnessed as a force for good in both optometry and ophthalmology.

Date: Sunday 28 April 2024

Time: 2.30-3.30pm

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Myopia management: Current evidence and future directions - The Charter Lecture in collaboration with BCLA

The myopia epidemic has become virtually impossible to ignore. This session will set out a future for myopia and why it is vital that optometrists play a central role. Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom leads the Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) Study, the largest prospective study of eyes and vision in childhood in the UK and Ireland, funded by Ulster University and The College of Optometrists.

Date: Monday 29 April 2024

Time: 1.40-2.40pm

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Inherited retinal diseases and overview of gene therapy in eyecare

Professor Omar Mahroo will discuss the latest in management of patients with inherited retinal disease, the top genetic causes, and new therapies on the horizon. The session will also discuss gene therapies that are being developed, both for inherited retinal diseases and for wider retinal conditions.

Date: Monday 29 April 2024

Time: 9.00-10.00am

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Mastering Myopia Management: A discussion workshop

This session will benefit colleagues wanting to start out in myopia management, while also providing up-to-date evidence-based content for others who currently offer myopia management in their practice. Nicola Logan, Professor in Optometry & Physiological Optics at Aston University, is a world-renowned expert and a regular on the global research stage.

Date: Monday 29 April 2024

Time: 9.00-10.00am/10.05-11.05am

With so much on the programme at Optometry Tomorrow 2024, there really is something for everyone. 

Book before 29 February to save 50% on your ticket.

Related further reading

We speak with Aston University’s Emeritus Professor, and this year’s College of Optometrists President’s Medal winner.

Sejal Mistry MCOptom describes her time as a Darzi Clinical Fellow and improving patient access to eye care services.

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology.