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

The annual BCOVS took place on 7 - 8 September via Zoom, for the first time this year.

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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.  

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

This year, there were 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 were also online poster sessions from across the world and plenty of opportunities to ask questions and chat with researchers.

Other highlights included 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 included a virtual quiz with some great prizes.

We have recorded a number of the sessions, which you can watch below.

Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at Queensland University of Technology who presented on night time driving and visibility


KEY NOTE SPEAKER: 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 presented on Charles-Bonnet Syndrome


Daniel Asfaw, City University of London
Just look at the movie: Can natural eye movements be used to detect visual field loss


Corinne Fulcher, University of Huddersfield
Management of mild diabetic maculopathy detected at a routine sight test: current opinion of UK optometrists


Laura Wood, University of Oxford
Low luminance visual acuity as a clinical measure and trial outcome measure: A scoping review


Jasleen Jolly, University of Oxford
Impact of peripheral visual field loss in choroideremia on the optic radiations investigated with diffusion MRI


Rebecca Lowndes, University of York
Chromatic responses in V4, but not V3a, map onto human behaviour


Emily Charlesworth, University of Bradford
Investigating optometrists pre-and post-operative refraction advice given to cataract surgery patients


Alfredo Desiato, Aston University
Opportunities in contact lens practice: a global perspective


Farah Raqib, Aston University
Adherence, underperformed and overperformed test rates – Novel metrics for reporting compliance to clinical guidelines


Amithavikram Hathibelagel, LV Prasad Eye Institute 
Rod/cone function in patients with inherited retinal diseases using rod and cone-enhanced flicker stimuli


Giovanni Montesano, City University of London
Revisiting the Drasdo model: implications for structure-function analysis of the macular region


Hatem Barhoom, University of Plymouth
The effect of response bias on resolution thresholds of Sloan letters in central and paracentral vision


Bright Oduro, Glasgow Caledonian University
Assessing visual acuity with a novel picture test


Deanna Taylor, City University of London
Tablet-based tests of everyday visual function in a diabetic macular edema (DME) clinic waiting area: A feasibility study


Alejandro Barañano, University of Bradford
Using a smartphone on the move: do limitations of vision explain why we slow walking speed?


Andy Millington & Rod Woodhouse, Cardiff University
Great Art provokes Great Emotion. Facilitating authentic voice in reflection: An exploratory study


Peter Campbell, City University of London
Glaucoma home-monitoring using a tablet-based visual field test (Eyecatcher): An assessment of accuracy and adherence over six months


Tamsin Callaghan, City University of London
Acceptability of a home-based visual field test (Eyecatcher) for glaucoma home monitoring: A qualitative study of patients’ views and experiences


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.