No more tears to cry

About the session

CPD ref: C-108378


Around one in four individuals with eye disease report mental health issues, namely depression. This is not surprising given the most valued sense is sight. 

This interactive session draws on patient experiences to explore the psychological impact of being diagnosed with eye disease and considers approaches to address any barriers to receiving eye care provisions such as surgical treatment, contact lenses and non-compliance with management plans. 

Common anterior eye and ocular surface conditions will be discussed including dry eye, keratoconus, cataract, glaucoma, and congenital eye pathology and how we can best approach working as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide the best patient outcomes.

Target Audience

  • Optometrist
  • Contact Lens Optician

Domains and learning outcomes


10.1 Work collaboratively with colleagues within the optical professions and other healthcare practitioners in the best interests of patients diagnosed with eye disease, ensuring that your communication is clear and effective.

Leadership and accountability

12.1 The knowledge to ensure that a safe environment is provided to deliver care to patients who may be experiencing mental health issues, and to take appropriate action if this is not the case

Specialty CPD - contact lens optician

Consider how you can use this updated, evidence-based research to support patients who have been diagnosed with dry eye disease

Chair and Speaker

Neil Retallic FBCLA MCOptom Prof Cert LV

Neil is an optometrist with experience of working within practice, education, industry, and professional services roles. He is currently the Head of Professional Development at Specsavers and an Assessor and Examiner for The College of Optometrists. 

He has been involved with numerous organisations across the sector as a council, committee and/or executive board member and is the Immediate Past President of the British Contact Lens Association and part of the General Optical Council Education Committee. 

He is a passionate educator and has created, published, and delivered education across the globe. He has received fellowships from the British Contact Lens Association and International Association of Contact Lens Educators and is currently completing a part-time PhD on health and well-being aspects among the profession. He has actively participated in charity work with Vision Aid Overseas and Special Olympics. 


Imran Jawaid

Imran Jawaid is a consultant ophthalmologist at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, and a partner at Newmedica Nottingham. He completed his ophthalmology training in the East Midlands before completing a competitive and prestigious fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He is dual qualified as an optometrist as well as an ophthalmic surgeon.

He has written several peer-reviewed papers and has won prizes for oral and poster presentations at ophthalmology conferences. Alongside this he has presented at local, national and international ophthalmology conferences and contributed to book chapters in ophthalmology. He has a strong interest in medical education and has been a clinical educator at two UK medical schools.

He currently sits on the Education Committee at the General Optical Council and has been involved with designing curricula for allied health professionals at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.