College’s Optometry Tomorrow Conference takes place in Birmingham

  • 21 Mar 2018

The College of Optometrists welcomed over 780 attendees to Birmingham last weekend (18 - 19 March) for its annual conference and AGM.

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Held at the city’s Hilton Metropole Hotel, Optometry Tomorrow 2018 saw delegates attend cutting-edge lectures, seminars, peer discussion and hands-on clinical and discussion workshops. The extensive programme, in which delegates could obtain up to 16 interactive CET points, saw optometrists discussing hot topics such as the reality of living with severe AMD, dry eye and the TFOS DEWS II report, VMT macular holes and myopia control. It also gave delegates the opportunity to hear Dr Andrew Bastawrous speak about providing wider access to eye care. 

Dr Bastawrous, Peek Vision CEO, Assistant Professor of International Eye Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and TED fellow said; “The optometry sector is critical in bringing better vision and health to everyone worldwide, and I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to speak at the UK’s leading clinical optometry event." Following the lecture, delegate Kathryn Gabbatiss MCOptom said; ““This was a truly inspirational lecture from an amazing doctor. It’s the first time I’ve been so moved that I cried!”

Helen Owens, Eye Health Business Unit Manager for Thea Pharmaceuticals Ltd, platinum sponsor for this year’s conference, said; “Once again The College have succeeded in delivering an excellent, thought provoking and fun conference! The comprehensive programme covers everything at the forefront of modern optometry. Thea have been delighted to support as Platinum Sponsors. We have enjoyed celebrating our 10th Anniversary with both old and new customers. We are looking forward to Optometry Tomorrow 2019 already!”

Graham Trevor, Director of Sales at Topcon (GB) Ltd., a second platinum sponsor at the conference said; “We are delighted to have been Platinum sponsors at Optometry Tomorrow for the second year running, and to have the opportunity to run our Topcon University educational sessions too. Creating technology that enables a smoother patient’s journey, enhances case management and improves treatment options is something Topcon have always been striving for, as part of their tireless R & D efforts. If you are starting from scratch or simply in need of updating your practice equipment, Topcon have advanced technology solutions, which are designed to help you focus on your patients by providing them with the best care and enable you to run your business more smoothly.” 

Following the conference, delegate Sanjiv Sethi MCOptom said; “It’s been another spectacular weekend. I enjoy coming to all College events, but Optometry Tomorrow has been particularly good this year. Another great success and I look forward to next year with great anticipation.”

The conference featured a trade exhibition with over 30 exhibitors and sponsors including platinum sponsors, Thea Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Topcon (GB) Ltd, gold sponsors CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision and Optos; silver sponsor Avizor; bronze sponsors Alcon, No7 Contact Lenses, Scope and ZEISS UK. 

Dr David Ehrlich FCOptom was the winner of the Optometry Tomorrow Poster Prize 2018 for his poster entitled ‘Clinical tips for paediatric cycloplegic retinoscopy and fundi examination’.

Optometry Tomorrow 2019 will take place on 24 and 25 February 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. To book, visit the conference website:



Notes to Editors

  1. The College is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and training to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.


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