4.40pm - 5.40pm
Sponsor Session
LECTURE: Preventative eye care: advice on behaviours and products - Thea Pharmaceuticals


Preventative eye care: Advising patients to change behaviours and consider using products that protect their sight - Thea Pharmaceuticals

CPD ref: C-101892

Description: Optometrists have a unique opportunity to help people improve their overall health and maintain healthy sight throughout their lives. This talk will explore the science behind some lifestyle behaviours and products that may help protect sight through life, and how eye care professionals can help motivate their patients to make changes and consider using these products. The focus will be on risk factors for one the leading cause of sight loss, age-related macular degeneration.

Target audience: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Domains and learning outcomes
Clinical practice
Attendees will be able to understand how various lifestyle choices and protective products can help decrease the long-term cumulative retinal damage. For example, the cumulative effect of high energy visible light and free radicals leading to accumulation of lipofuscin and drusen, which are risk factors for age-related macular degeneration. (s.5)
Attendees will be able to understand the adverse effects of lighting and glare on contrast sensitivity and the way that low macular pigments can impair a patient’s vision by lowering their contrast sensitivity and ability to deal with glare. (s.7)
Attendees will be able to explain to patients about the common risk factors associated with common ocular conditions and also communicate lifestyle changes and protective products. (s.1)


Professor Shelby Temple

Prof. Shelby Temple, BSc, MSc, PhD is an honorary professor in the School of Optometry, Aston University, an honorary senior research associate in the School of Biological Science, University of Bristol and the CEO, co-founder and Chief Science Officer at Azul Optics Ltd. Lecturers Biography Prof Shelby Temple is a visual neuroscientist who has spent the past 25 years studying how light interacts with the eye, during which time he has published over 45 peer-reviewed publications on varied topics from corneal surface microstructures to variation in colour vision across the retina to how macular pigments enable us to perceive polarization of light. His research into polarization sensitivity at the University of Bristol, led to the invention of a new ophthalmic instrument (MP-eye) that detects a risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). His success in commercializing the MP-eye was the reason for him receiving the Innovator of the Year Award from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Prof. Temple develops and delivers education and training courses on the dangers of violet-blue light and reactive oxygen species as well as how macular pigments protect the retina from photochemical damage and help prevent AMD.