Record attendance at sixth Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize conference

  • 9 Oct 2018

The College of Optometrists held the sixth Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize conference at the weekend.

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The conference, held at the Hilton London Wembley, had its highest attendance yet, attracting over 280 attendees from across the UK.

The conference featured some of the most popular lectures and workshops from Optometry Tomorrow 2018, including the well-received joint presentation with Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Kam Balaggan, and his patient, Professor Gilmartin, who has severe macular degeneration. The presentation was entitled; ‘The vitreoretinal battle to save my only eye. Unique and personal perspectives from Professor Gilmartin’. 

Other highlights included 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.

Delegate Roisin Carruthers MCOptom, Optometrist, Hants LOC, attended the conference and said; “I attend Optometry Tomorrow every year but there’s just so much happening there that I just can’t get to every session I want to, so I come to Bitesize too. It’s a full day of really high-quality content, first-rate speakers, workshops and peer review. I love the networking too. It’s another College must-do event for me and I highly recommend it to my friends and colleagues.”

Catherine Bithell, Director of Member Services and Communications, said: “Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize is always an important event for our calendar and we are proud to see a growing attendance every year. It’s great to see delegates returning year-on-year and benefiting from the lectures, workshops and peer discussions that are held on the day.”   

Optometry Tomorrow 2019, the College’s annual two-day conference will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole in Birmingham on 24-25 February 2019. It will include a keynote speech by Professor Pete Coffey, Theme Lead for Development, Ageing and Disease at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. College members who book their tickets by 31 October can purchase a two-day ticket for £170 (full rate £340), or a one-day ticket for £120 (full rate £240). Further discounts are available for students and members who qualified from July 2015 onwards.

Visit the website for more details and to book tickets. 


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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