Hands on with dry eye

About the session

CPD ref: C-108395


Participants will have an initial demonstration on the various techniques on dry eye assessment (such as slit lamp and other device assessment of the anatomy and tears, meibography) and on various dry eye treatments including manual meibomian gland expression techniques and lid margin debridement. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice the assessments and techniques on each other.   

This session fulfils the requirement specified for Part B of the BCLA Dry Eye Management Course

Target Audience

  • Optometrist

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice

7.2 The knowledge to provide or arrange any further examinations, advice, investigations or treatment if required for your patient’s dry eye. This should be done in a timescale that does not compromise patient safety and care.


4.2 Dry eye can be debilitating. Respond with humanity and kindness to circumstances where patients, their family or carers may experience pain, distress or anxiety


Connan Tam BSc MBCLA MCOptom DipTp(IP)

Connan is dually qualified in Orthoptics and Optometry and is an Independent prescriber. He has a background in hospital eye care, having previously worked in several London hospitals. He specialises in paediatric eye care, binocular vision and complex contact lenses. He is a director at Burnett Hodd & Tam Optometry and the Dry Eye Centre. Being a dry eye sufferer himself, Connan is passionate about the delivering treatments for dry eye and on a personal level understands the impact it can have on our day to day life.

Chair and Facilitator

Sarah Farrant FBCLA

Sarah has a great passion for her work. This is reflected in the wide variety of different interests she has within the profession. She has undertaken a number of additional qualifications and is a leading national expert in therapeutics and dry eye management, representing the UK as an Ambassador for TFOS. She is currently president elect for the BCLA and was on the council and exec board of The College of Optometrists for 12 years. She is chair of the Somerset LOC. She is also a keen international lecturer and acts as a consultant for a number of global companies.


Danielle Lee

Topcon's Clinical Affairs Manager, Dani, graduated with a degree in Medical Biochemistry and before joining Topcon spent 7 years working in a number of roles across the Bristol Eye Hospital, primarily between the Imaging and Research departments. Through this work she gained experience in a wide range of ophthalmic imaging techniques across the anterior and posterior segment, as well as coordinating the set-up, running, and maintenance of a variety of different ophthalmic trials of different phases. In 2020 Dani joined the Clinical Affairs team, supporting eyecare professionals through delivery of training and education across the range of Topcon devices.

Shail Patel FBCLA

Shail is an Optometrist with over twenty years of extensive experience across the optical and ophthalmology industry. He has a passion for driving change and innovation within the profession through initiating, shaping and leading concepts via expertise across diverse disciplines. Shail has fulfilled a variety of national and global positions spanning across clinical practice, refractive surgery, professional services, education, commercial and professional marketing functions. His recent roles have significantly contributed to success by challenging the status-quo, embracing digital transformations, and influencing insight driven strategies which have resulted in enhancing clinical education and commercial success.

Shail takes pleasure and is motivated by working with peers at all levels within the healthcare sector by supporting the positive contribution to people’s lives daily.