College of Optometrists announces programme for sixth Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize conference

  • 2 May 2018

The College of Optometrists has announced the programme for its one-day conference, Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize, which will take place on Sunday 7 October at the Hilton London Wembley.

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The programme includes some of the most popular lectures, seminars and workshops of the College’s annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow 2018, which took place in Birmingham in March this year. There will be a reprise of the joint presentation between Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Kam Balaggan, and his patient, Professor Gilmartin, who has severe macular degeneration. The presentation, entitled; ‘The vitreoretinal battle to save my only eye. Unique and personal perspectives from Professor Gilmartin’ is both an informative and moving insight into what it really means to have a potentially blinding condition, and was very highly rated by conference delegates. 

John Butler MCOptom, attended the lecture and said; “The lecture was sensational, astonishing and thought-provoking. This was a fitting finale to the meeting, an extraordinary tale of courage on the part of surgeon and patient, and a great credit to both. I remain humbled and inspired by their account.”

Other highlights include a presentation from Professor David Crabb, Professor of Statistics and Vision Research at City University London on using big data and Melanie Hingorani, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, on allergic eye disease. There are also two retinoscopy workshops, a peer review for independent prescribers and five peer discussion sessions. Delegates can earn up to nine interactive CET points. The full programme can be accessed online.

College President, Professor Edward Mallen MCOptom, said: “Originally for those who couldn’t attend the two-day annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize is now a key event in the College’s calendar. It has gained a reputation for high quality CET sessions and draws some of the most respected practitioners from the eye health sector as speakers and presenters.”

Tickets for Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize are £80 for College members (£70 for those who qualified from July 2015), and £60 for students or pre-registration trainees. The non-member rate is £150.00. Workshop tickets are available at £30 each to fully-qualified College members. 

Tickets can be booked online at:



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 healthcare professionals.
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