9am - 10am
Sponsor Session
DISCUSSION WORKSHOP: Cataract… but not as you (may) know it - SpaMedica

Discussion workshop

CPD ref: C-101747

Description: The session will consist of a short plenary section which highlights some of the latest understanding around cataract – prevalence, risk factors, symptoms, complexities, treatment – followed by group discussion around three topics: 1) Patients who present as potentially complex cases for cataract surgery 2) Patients who present with ocular hypertension and cataract 3) Young Patients who present with cataract

Target audience: Optometrist, Dispensing Optician

Domains and Learning outcomes
Clinical Practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

  • To understand which ocular and patient characteristics (that can be observed in community practice) can potentially make cataract surgery more technically challenging to perform.
  • To understand how patients presenting with ocular hypertension are managed ahead of cataract surgery.
  • To understand the importance of the consultation with younger patients who are heading for cataract removal and pseudophakia.



s.2 Communicate effectively with patients

  • To appreciate the importance of discussing loss of accommodation in a young patient considering NHS cataract surgery, where only monofocal implants are used.
  • To appreciate how best to discuss loss of myopia with patients in myopic patients considering cataract surgery.


Christine Purslow BSc PhD MCOptom FBCLA FIACLE

Professor Christine Purslow started her career in hospital optometry in 1991, after which a variety of clinical roles followed including private practice, part-time teaching, and specialist contact lens practice. Chris was awarded her PhD from Aston University in 2005 (on Ocular Thermography) and went on to become a Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses within WOPEC (Wales 30 – groups of 10 3 hypertension and cataract 3) Young Patients who present with cataract Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre), based at Cardiff University, as well as Director of the Contact Lens & Anterior Eye Research Unit (CLAER). Her most recent academic post was Professor and Head of Optometry at Plymouth University. In 2013, she was appointed as Head of Medical Affairs for Thea Pharmaceuticals (UK & Ireland), alongside continued research interests as visiting Professor at Plymouth, Cardiff and Aston Universities. Chris has authored over 100 scientific papers and professional articles, and presents regularly to both national and international audiences, generally on anterior eye topics. In 2020, she was appointed to her current role – to lead, grow and develop the hospital optometry team at SpaMedica, as their first Director of Optometry