3.45pm - 4.45pm
Sponsor Session
PEER REVIEW: Following the cataract referral - SpaMedica

Peer review

CPD ref: C-102020

Description: Three referral cases will be discussed in this peer-to-peer session. Each case relates to the referral of a patient for cataract surgery and/or YAG laser capsulotomy and what happens next. The case discussions support the standards of practice to be better informed to manage cataract and PCO referrals. This will improve community optometrists’ knowledge and provide guidance on enhanced care for their patients.

Target audience: Optometrist
Domains and Learning outcomes
Practitioners will be able advise to cataract patients when referral to ophthalmology is appropriate (s.2)
Practitioners will recognise when it is appropriate to refer cataract patients for ophthalmological review (s.10)


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