The British Congress of Optometry and Visual Science (BCOVS) 2020

Monday 7 - Tuesday 8 September via Zoom. Free of charge to College members.

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The annual BCOVS is a unique opportunity for postgraduate, postdoctoral and more established academics to experience the diversity and innovation in UK optometry and vision science research.  And, with this year’s conference being held virtually through Zoom, it will be possible for many more members of the College to attend.

A diverse range of topical presentations, poster sessions … and a quiz!

There will be more than 25 presentations showcasing the excellent work that optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmologists and vision scientists are doing across the UK, and in India and Australia.  There are also online poster sessions from across the world and plenty of opportunities to ask questions and chat with researchers.

The key note speakers are:

  • Dr Joanne Wood, Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at Queensland University of Technology who will be presenting on night time driving and visibility
  • Dr Dominic Ffytche Reader in Visual Psychiatry in the Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London who will be presenting on Charles-Bonnet Syndrome

Other highlights include presentations on managing mild diabetic maculopathy, opportunities in contact lens practice, home-based visual field test for glaucoma home monitoring and using AI systems to analyse OCT scans. The event also includes a virtual quiz with some great prizes.

We will be recording a number of the sessions so that members can catch up with those they missed on the College website during the week following the event.

Supporting future research

The live and recorded sessions are available free of charge to College members, but if you would like to show your support and appreciation, you can make a donation to the College’s Post Doctorate Award fund, which will support an optometrist embarking on a career in clinical research, and where the College will match the donation target if it’s reached.

The College is a proud sponsor of BCOVS and was pleased to be able to help plan the event, sponsor the software, and provide the prizes for the best presentations.