Andrew Sanders

  • Biography

    Andrew is a qualified Dispensing Optician with over 30 years experience within optics. He has an in-depth knowledge of competitor lens products together with a sound background in lens manufacturing and glazing. 

    Andrew was a Technical and Professional Services Manager for a large optical group involved in both manufacturing and retail and was responsible for staff seminars and training as well as the analysis of complex prescriptions and daily technical query solving. His role involved discussions with optometrists on a daily basis identifying root cause issues for non tolerance.

    Andrew is currently Professional Services Manager for Hoya lens UK and is a regular presenter at Hoya’s European Education Faculty.

  • Seminars

    Seminar Title: Non-adaptation procedure and analysis

    Description: This is a workshop that helps identify route causes of progressive non adaptation from a technical perspective, taking into account lens design, fitting and patient expectations.

    Location: Dispensing Workshop

    Date: 04/02/17 & 05/02/17

    Start Time: 11:30 & 15:30

    3 CET points available

Peter Black

  • Biography

    Peter Black is a dispensing optician and Master of Business Administration; he was previously development director for Liverpool based Conlons Opticians and has recently joined Boots Opticians.

    Elected President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in April 2013, Peter is an Ophthalmic Public Health Ambassador and passionately believes opticians and optometrists are amongst the most underutilised resources at the disposal of the NHS with much to offer patients and commissioners in terms of cost effectiveness, choice and convenience. He believes eye health care in England is now not fit for purpose, and can learn a lot from eye-care models now in place in Scotland and Wales.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: My family and other eye problems

    Description: The discussion workshop will centre on 4 family members:

    - Val, a registered sight impaired AMD patient

    - Ernie, a veteran glaucoma Px

    - Lily, a case of allergic conjunctivits

    - Grace, an ocular emergency

    In each case the practical options will be considered exploring the potential risks to the patient and the practitioner when things go wrong.

    Location: Dispensing Workshop

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 14:30

    3 CET points available

Priscilla Hubbard

  • Biography

    Priscilla Hubbard FBDO, Associate Trainer, Associated Optical

    Cilla is a qualified Dispensing Optician and has over 20 years experience working within the Optical Industry. She currently splits her time between Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and Northampton General Hospital where she leads the Hospital's successful, busy Low Vision Service.

    Cilla has presented GOC accredited CET workshops and presentations in practical low vision skills to both optometrists and dispensing opticians. She has also presented BIOS (British & Irish Orthoptic Society) accredited lectures and workshops to hospital based orthoptists.  

    Cilla runs her own Low Vision practice in Northamptonshire. 

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Magnification in practice

    Description: More practitioners are looking to expand their range of services within optical practice. We have a duty of care to our ageing population and to manage effectively and sensitively those who present with permanently reduced vision.

    Location: lens Hub

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 12:30

    1 CET point available

Professor Ahmed Elsheikh

  • Biography

    Professor Elsheikh established the Ocular Biomechanics Group at the University of Dundee in 1999 before moving to Liverpool in 2010. His work first concentrated on the fundamentals of ocular biomechanics to determine the biomechanical behaviour of corneal and scleral tissue and to build representative numerical models that accurate simulate the eye’s performance under mechanical actions. This improved understanding of ocular behaviour enabled work on medical device development to progress including that on the continuous monitoring of intraocular pressure presented in this lecture. Professor Elsheikh collaborates closely with academic partners across the world in the UK, US, Europe, China, Australia, and with companies in the UK and Europe. He holds several honorary positions including a visiting professor status at Wenzhou Medical University and National Tsing Hua University. He is a Governor and a Council Member of AlderHey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and a member of the Liverpool BioCampus Think Tank Expert Group. His work is funded by the EU, EPSRC, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Moorfields Eye Hospital and others. His work is widely published in over 110 journal papers and 60 conference presentations.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Continuous monitoring of intracular pressure to improve glaucoma management

    Description: Glaucoma management is based on measurements of the eye’s internal pressure (intraocular pressure or IOP) conducted twice or three times a year. The measurements are usually taken over a few minutes and the results used to guide the management of glaucoma (to halt its progression) until the next clinic visit. It has long been recognised that the dynamic nature of IOP makes this form of measurement inadequate and pointed at the need for continuous monitoring of IOP. For over 40 years, researchers have been working to develop technologies that enable continuously monitoring IOP, but with little success. This lecture is about a new attempt that appears to be producing good results in the controlled conditions of a biomechanics laboratory, and now awaits clinical trials.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 16:15

    1 CET point available

Dr Denize Atan

  • Biography

    Dr Denize Atan qualified in Clinical Medicine and Surgery from the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.   Denize trained first as a physician of general medicine leading to membership of The Royal College of Physicians, and subsequently as an ophthalmologist through obtaining membership then fellowship of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists for which she was awarded the Harcourt Medal.  Dr Atan undertook her higher specialist training in ophthalmology alongside her PhD research in ocular genetics as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol from 2004.  From 2008, Denize spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research fellow in neurogenetics at the Sick Kids Hospital and University of Toronto funded by the Welcome Trust.  She was the Senior Clinical Fellow in Neuro-ophthalmology at the Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, University Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham Children's Hospital until she was appointed as Consultant Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Bristol and Bristol Eye Hospital in 2013.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: An eye for an eye? The challenge to develop stem cell therapies for blinding retinal disorders

    Description: This presentation will cover recent progress and challenges in research to develop stem cell therapies to treat blinding retinal diseases. It will first cover our current understanding of the development and function of the retina. It will then describe the changes that occur when the retina starts to degenerate or becomes damaged by a variety of insults, which might challenge the future success of stem cell therapies.  Finally, the lecture will cover current strategies to restore or replace damaged retina using stem cell therapies which have translated to clinical trials.

    Location: Equipment Hub

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 11:45

Fiona Mitchell

  • Biography

    Fiona initially qualified as an optometrist and practiced for about 12 years. She then retrained as a solicitor, joining the AOP in 1998. Fiona works is Deputy Head of Legal Services at the AOP and deals with GOC tribunals, Health Service hearings, civil claims involving optometrists and medical negligence claims. 

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: On the Record: A complaint has been made

    Description: What happens when a complaint arrives at your practice from the GOC? This video dramatises a common scenario in a busy practice. But help is at hand; the AOP's legal team dissect what has happened as well as discussing how you can be prevent this happening to you and your patients.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 11:15

    1 CET point available

Christopher Mody

  • Biography

    Christopher Mody is Director of Clinical Services for Heidelberg Engineering Ltd. He is an Ophthalmic Science and Technology graduate with 30 years of experience of working in ophthalmic imaging, physiological science & measurement. 

    Mr Mody has published, lectured and demonstrated extensively in the field of ophthalmic imaging. He is a past Chairman of the Ophthalmic Imaging Association, The Association of Ophthalmic Science Practitioners and the Association of Health Professions in Ophthalmology and was Professional Body Registrar for the Voluntary Registration Council. He worked as part of the Department of Health Modernising Scientific Careers curriculum development team, developing undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Ophthalmic and Vision Science. He is involved in the Heidelberg Academy as a clinical trainer and coordinates the Academy Programme for the UK as well as supporting educational programmes at a number of universities. He is developing certification and assessment tools ophthalmic angiography and imaging for the Heidelberg Academy.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: OCT LIVE Workshop 

    Description: "OCT clinical evaluation will be brought to life with OCT LIVE. You will be guided through the patient journey, from scanning the patient live in HD on the big screen to interpreting the images and making a decision on patient management. These interactive, CET accredited sessions challenge the classic case study book format and demonstrate how a multimodal imaging approach can be used in real life to assess a patient´s eye.

    The theme is macular disease and we will be following the patient journey, from the beginning (how OCT can be used to spot the early signs) through to the end (how OCT can be used to monitor progression of the disease and referral protocol)."

    Location: Equipment Hub

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 12:45

    3 CET points available

Mark Westcott

  • Biography

    Mark's area of expertise includes small incision cataract surgery, glaucoma and inflammatory eye disease (uveitis).

    As a Consultant Ophthalmologist he has carried out thousands of cataract surgery cases, and was one of the first surgeons in the UK to regularly use a Femtosecond laser for cataract surgery. He runs the Glaucoma Service at St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospital, and is a Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital in the Medical Retinal Service where he provides specialist expertise in uveitis and ocular inflammatory disease.

    He is also a Surgical Trainer for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists where he trains surgeons in microsurgery and phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Mark has one of the largest private ophthalmic practices in Central London based at The London Clinic in Harley Street and in the private wing of Moorfields Eye Hospital. He sees over 1,000 patients privately a year and carries out 200+ private operations (a mix of cataract, complex glaucoma surgery and laser) in addition to those he performs on the NHS.

    Mark is an honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology, one of the leading research centres in the world (R.A.E. 4* star rating). He continues to play an active role in research, particularly in uveitis, and lectures nationally and internationally. He has co-authored 25+ peer-reviewed scientific papers, and is also a reviewer for several leading research journals.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: We can see clearly now………. 

    Description: "The lecture will be chaired by a liveryman and past Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. Prof. David Gartry. The panel will be made up of International and UK professionals, 2 ophthalmologists, one GP with a special interest in Optometry (at Trustee of Vision 2020) and an expert from the equipment world on the use of SLO fundus photography."

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/2017

    Start Time: 12:15

Professor Steve Parrish & Dr Anna Kwartz

  • Biographies

    Professor Steve Parrish Biography: Steve graduated from Aston University and went on to read for a PhD in the area of corneal physiology in extended contact lens wear. He is a visiting professor at Anglia Ruskin University. He has extensive experience of examining and assessing preregistration trainees (both Stage 1 and 2) and has also successfully supervised 9 Pre-Reg’ students. Steve has frequently taught on PQE and DOCET courses throughout the country. He is a principal examiner in contact lenses for ABDO, and Editor of Optometry in Practice. Steve is a Performance Assessor for the GOC and is an expert witness in duty of care in medico-legal cases.

    Dr Anna Kwartz Biography: Anna graduated from UMIST in 1993. She gained her clinical experience from both private practice and the Hospital Eye Service. She is an Examiner and an Assessor (Stage 1 and Stage 2) for the College of Optometrists and has lectured on both Pre-Reg’ and DOCET courses throughout the country. She obtained an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and, subsequently, a PhD in the use of digital imaging in the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma. Anna continues to work as an optometrist both on the high street and in the Hospital Eye Service. She is a GOC Performance Assessor and is an expert in optometric duty of care in medico-legal cases.

  • Seminars

    Seminar Title: Pre-reg boot camp - Part B & C

    Description: This session is presented by Assessors and Examiners and will discuss specific patient cases in an interactive format to allow you to prepare for your Stage 2 and OSCE assessments. It is a 2 hour session but with a break half way through.

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 12:00 & 13:15

Ceri Smith-Jaynes

  • Biography

    Ceri is the Creative Multimedia Editor for OT and part of the AOP professional development team. Her main role is creating CET videos. Originally from South Wales, Ceri is an optometrist, currently working in independent practice in Lytham St Annes. She studied optometry at UMIST, graduating in 1999, where she won the year prize for pharmacology. She went on to do her Pre-Reg with Dollond and Aitchison, staying with them for 5 years after qualifying. Her special interests include dry eye, Sportvision and irregular-cornea contact lens fitting and she has given CET presentations to her peers on “Punctal plugs and the management of dry eye.” BBC Radio Lancashire calls upon her from time to time to set the record straight on the latest eye topics. She has been on the East Lancashire Local Optometric Committee for four years.

  • Seminars

    Seminar Title: 100% peer discussion 2017

    Description: In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 04/02/17, 05/02/17 & 06/02/17

    Start Time: 16:00, 16:30 & 14:15

    3 CET points available

Richard Edwards

  • Biography

    Richard Edwards qualified as an optometrist in 1987 and was Director of Professional Services at Boots Opticians before launching OPTOMiSE Consulting in 2014.

    Richard is Professional Advisor to the Optical Consumer Complaints Service, chairs the Optical Confederation Education Committee and is a member of the GOC Companies Committee.

    Richard also works on a consultancy basis for the GOC Illegal Practice Programme.

    Richard has also lead the Learning & Development function at Boots and has broad experience of L&D facilitation. He is also a former member of the CBI Education & skills committee and away from optics has held the position of Director of HR & Professional Services at the UKs largest chain of podiatry clinics

    Using his broad experience Richard supports the OCCS team on both clinical and policy matters. 

  • Seminars

    Session Title: Improving CL wearer compliance to reduce risk/dropout and complaints 

    Description: An interactive session lead by the clinical consultant to the OCCS and consultant to GOC in their work on Illegal Practice.

    Richard Edwards uses the latest GOC CL customer research to share critical insights to help ECPs shape their approach to aftercare and recommendation with the aim of improving awareness and compliance in CL wearers.

    In this highly interactive session you will discuss your thoughts on the GOC research and you will develop an individual action plan to use back in practice.

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 04/02/17 & 06/02/17

    Start Time: 15:00 & 11:15

    3 CET points available

Professor Edward Mallan

  • Biography

    Edward Mallen is Head of Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science, and Professor of Physiological Optics at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Ed graduated in optometry from Aston University, UK, and completed a PhD at the same institution under the supervision of Professor Bernard Gilmartin and Professor James Wolffsohn. Ed’s principal research interests are accommodation control in the human visual system, neural adaptations to blur, ocular biometry in refractive error, orthokeratology, ocular aberrations and adaptive optics. He is particularly interested in the link between structure and function within the myopic eye, and methods to reduce the progression of myopia in the juvenile and young adult eye. Away from the university, Ed is Vice President of the College of Optometrists.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Myopia: The short and the long view

    Description: This lecture will cover the following topics:

    - Biometry of the myopic eye

    - Brief review of some animal models of myopia

    - The importance of peripheral refraction

    - The role of the visual environment (particularly the protective effect of outdoor activity) in myopia onset and progression

    - Overview of research findings in relation to myopia control procedures

    - The impact of myopia on ocular health

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 15:00

    1 CET point available

Allon Barsam

  • Biography

    Allon Barsam has set up and now runs a tertiary NHS practice specialising in corneal transplantation and complex anterior segment pathology. His private practice is predominantly laser and lens vision correction surgery. He has published over 40 peer review publications, 10 book chapters and a major ophthalmology  textbook now entering its second edition. He is a global opinion leader for the Ophthalmic Surgical  Industry and is regularly invited to lecture both nationally and internationally.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Refractive surgery in 2017: The state of the art

    Description: This will be a dynamic video and photograph based lecture that will provide the audience with knowledge and understanding of the risks, benefits and indications for the latest and most advanced surgical options currently being used to treat refractive error.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 06/02/17

    Start Time: 11:00

Professor Bruce Evans

  • Biography

    Professor Bruce Evans is Director of Research at the Institute of Optometry and a Visiting Professor to City University and to London South Bank University. He is a Fellow (by examination) of the College of Optometrists and holds their higher qualifications of Diploma in Contact Lens Practice and Diploma in Orthoptics. He was awarded Fellowship of the British Contact Lens Association, American Academy of Optometry, and European Academy of Optometry. His main areas of research are children’s vision, dyslexia, orthoptics, headaches, and contact lenses. He has given more than 250 invited lectures. Bruce Evans has over 220 published papers and has authored five books on binocular vision and two on dyslexia and vision. He has an optometric practice in Brentwood, Essex, where he specialises in children’s vision and contact lenses.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: The role of the optometrist in dyslexia

    Description: The presentation will use a fully illustrated and lively Powerpoint presentation followed by ‘question and answer’ style group discussion. Delegates will be encouraged to increase their current standard of care of children and adults with specific learning difficulties. The presentation will highlight the role of the optometrist in providing eyecare for these cases and will aim to improve the confidence of delegates whilst stressing the need for practitioners to be aware of their limitations. Clinical tests appropriate for children will be detailed, including their method of use. The talk will stress a proportionate approach: most people with dyslexia do not have visual problems and optometrists should not expect to cure dyslexia. However, in cases with a co-existing visual anomaly the optometrist may be able to reduce symptoms and allow the patient better access to the expert educational support that they need.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 17:00

Douglas Orr

  • Biography

    Douglas is an IP Optometrist who splits his week between community Optometry and hospitals.  He graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2004 and completed his pre-reg year at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow before moving into independent practice.

    Since 2013 he has worked in a new independent practice in Ayr as well as the rapidly expanding Ophthalmology department of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.  In early 2014 he was appointed as Lead Optometrist at the Golden Jubilee and qualified as an independent prescriber in 2015. 

    He is the chair of his local Area Optical Committee and is actively involved in the development of shared care and locally negotiated eye care schemes.

  • Seminars

    Seminar Title: Where does OCT fit in your Glaucoma referral armoury?

    Description: This interactive session will explore how OCT can add to the diagnosis and referral of suspect Glaucoma.  A 15 minute presentation on OCT imaging in Glaucoma will lead into a 45minute case based interactive discussion.  The cases will demonstrate how OCT can aid decision making in the referral or monitoring of Glaucoma suspects alongside the traditional tools of Glaucoma detection.¬ The case based discussions will be facilitated in groups of up to 10.

    Location: Equipment Hub

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 14:45


    Seminar Title: What am I looking at? How OCT can improve your diagnosis of retinal and macular disease

    Description: This interactive session will explore how OCT can add to the diagnosis and referral of common retinal and macular disease.  A 15 minute presentation covering the basics of interpreting retinal OCT will lead into a 45 minute case based interactive discussion. The cases demonstrate how OCT can aid decision making in the referral or monitoring of common retinal and macular pathology alongside retinal photography. The case based discussions will be facilitated in groups of up to 10.

    Location: Equipment Hub

    Date: 05/02/17

    Time: 14:45

John Bolger

  • Biography

    Ophthalmic training at Royal Free Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

    Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City 1988-94

    Independent ophthalmic surgeon 1994 to present

    Founder and co owner of My iClinic

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Intraocular refractive surgery.  "Is that better or worse?"

    Description: Laser corneal surgery is the most common way to alter the refractive state of the eye. However there are many other options which might be more suitable for some patients. Phakic implants are appropriate for many patients with high ametropia. In pseudophakic patients IOL lens exchange or piggybacking another IOL into the sulcus have definite indications. The availability of Toric IOLs has greatly changed the situation not only for patients with cataract but also for patients considering Clear Lens Extraction. I will present these options together with their indications and illustrate the surgical technique. I will present also the results and discuss risks and benefits of each procedure. Optometrists in the audience will be better able to counsel patients.

    Location: Equipment Hub

    Date: 06/02/17

    Start Time: 13:45

Dr Jeffry Gerson

  • Biography

    Dr. Jeffry Gerson graduated from Indiana University school of optometry in 1997.  He then went on to complete a residency at the VA medical center in Kansas City concentrating on ocular disease and low vision.  Immediately after leaving the VA, he became faculty at the University of Kansas school of medicine in the department of ophthalmology.  Dr. Gerson was responsible for staffing clinics as well as some resident education and development of a low vision clinic.

    Before entering private practice, he was in several different settings, including  2 ½ years in a retinal referral center where he had access to numerous diagnostic technologies as well as participation in numerous clinical trials.

    Dr. Gerson has authored several articles in journals such as “Review of Optometry” and “Optometric Management”, and continues to do so.  He also lectures frequently on the topics of retinal disease and systemic disease both here in the US and abroad.  He is on numerous advisory boards which often times allows him early access to technology.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Kansas optometric association which named him their 2008 young OD of the year.  He is a fellow of both the Academy of Optometry and Optometric Retina Society.  

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: How to Successfully Implement UWF Imaging

    Description: Although clinical examination of patients remains an important part of retinal examination, UWF imaging can add an element of confidence and documentation that is often additional to what is seen with more “traditional” means. The importance of UWF imaging and ways to help implement imaging into your practice will be discussed.

    Date: 04/02/17 & 06/02/17

    Location: Equipment Hub

    Start Time: 13:45 & 14:45

     

    Seminar Title: Why the Retinal Periphery Matters

    Description: As easy as it is to concentrate on the central posterior pole and not carefully examine the periphery, this session will present reasons why the retinal periphery matters. Both obvious peripheral pathologies, like retinal breaks, and pathologies not generally thought of as peripheral like diabetes, will be discussed. Examination techniques and referral patterns when pathology is found will also be discussed.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 11:00

Anand Manichand

  • Biography

    One of Anand’s specialisms in the opto-technology world is the use of Laser technology in the latest SLO Fundus Camera ability. Anand will demonstrate how the new technology can be used as a regular part of eye examinations to provide greater information in referral for all patients, efficiently and quickly.

  • Seminars

    Seminar Title: We can see clearly now………. 

    Description: "The lecture will be chaired by a liveryman and past Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. Prof. David Gartry. The panel will be made up of International and UK professionals, 2 ophthalmologists, one GP with a special interest in Optometry (at Trustee of Vision 2020) and an expert from the equipment world on the use of SLO fundus photography."

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 12:15

    1 CET Point Available

Dr Janis Orr

  • Biography

    Dr Orr is an optometrist with a registered independent prescribing specialty, and a lecturer in the Aston University School of Optometry. She leads the Further Investigative Techniques and Primary Ophthalmic Instrumentation undergraduate modules and contributes to the delivery of the Clinical Practice 3 and Elective Studies modules. 

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: A crash course in orthokeratology

    Description: This lecture is designed for practitioners who are new to orthokeratology. A plethora of basic information will be delivered in a relatively short period of time including:

    - A brief overview of the history of the technique

    - An introduction to modern accelerated orthokeratology

    - A description of the importance of orthokeratology in the context of myopia control

    - Guidance on how to correctly perform an initial orthokeratology fitting

    - Guidance on how to correctly follow-up orthokeratology patients

    - A summary of potential complications of orthokeratology

    - Guidance on patient selection

    Location: Lens Hub

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 15:30

    1 CET point available

Dr Samantha Strong

  • Biography

    Samantha Strong is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Bradford. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of York, and a PhD in Vision Science at the University of Bradford. Her research involves using neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and TMS to investigate motion perception in the human brain.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: The psychology of seeing

    Description: Although our eyes are essential to sight, accurate perception of the visual world relies on the processing capabilities of the brain. This presentation will provide a brief revision of the visual pathway (from retina to cortex) with a light overview of how the brain processes these signals. The main focus however, will be considering how our brains can influence our perception by discussing: how we learn to see, the impact of visual illusions, and the influence of top-down processing.

    Location: Equipment Hub

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 15:45

    1 CET point available

Dr Margaret Woodhouse

  • Biography

    Maggie is a senior lecturer at Cardiff University and for a quarter of a century (yes, she really is that old!) she has worked, in terms of teaching, research and clinical provision in paediatric and special needs optometry, with an emphasis on children with special needs. Maggie is module leader on the undergraduate course in Binocular Vision and Special Needs, and on the post-graduate courses in Paediatric Optometry and Eye Care for People with Learning Disabilities. She has published regularly in peer-reviewed journals, but also in professional journals and voluntary-sector newsletters, in order to raise awareness among professionals and parents of the importance of eye care in children. Among her many roles, Maggie acts as an advisor to the Down’s Syndrome Association and the Down’s Syndrome Medical Interest Group and talks regularly to parent support groups. She is also very active on the CET circuit.

    Maggie’s work was recognised in the Birthday Honours List with an OBE in 2014 and with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2015 AOP Awards.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Tips for tots - examining infants and young children

    Description: Interest in paediatric optometry is increasing, and its importance in now more widely recognised. Yet many practitioners lack the confidence to assess very young children and make prescribing decisions. Maggie will call on her 25 years of experience in examining young children to provide top tips and simple strategies to improve delegates’ confidence. Maggie will also share the latest research in the field to aid practitioners in deciding when and what to prescribe for little ones.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 16:00

    1 CET point available

Professor David Crundall

  • Biography

    David Crundall has been a Professor in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University for three years. Prior to this he was an Associate Prof. at the University of Nottingham, the Director of the Nottingham Integrated Transport and Environment Simulation facility (NITES) and co-director of the Accident Research Unit. He has undertaken research on behalf of the Department for Transport, The Highways Agency, The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, and many charities, commercial entities and Research Councils. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal papers in the field and given many international keynote presentations to academic and end-user audiences. He is a member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety (road user working group) and was the scientific spokesperson for the 2010 Think Bike Government initiative. He is currently developing an international hazard perception test and is working with the Fire and Rescue Service to assist driver training.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Spotting danger on the road: Eye movements and hazard perception

    Description: This talk will briefly review the data regarding the role of simple visual acuity in traffic collisions before discussing the role of eye movements in spotting and responding to on-road hazards. Through a review of behavioural research studies that have involved driving simulators, driving videos and on-road assessment of drivers’ visual skills, this talk will conclude that high-order cognitive factors mediated by where we look when driving are potentially more relevant to one’s probability of having a crash than low-level visual problems.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 06/02/17

    Start Time: 16:00

    1 CET point available

Stephen Lash

  • Biography

    Stephen trained as an optometrist at Aston university in 1990 and subsequently worked at Essex County Hospital in his pre registration year before gaining entry to Southampton medical school in 1995 finishing just before the millennium celebrations! House jobs were survived and ophthalmology training commenced in the Wessex region, finishing with a VR Fellowship in Melbourne. He completed an MBA just before leaving for Oz and now works as a VR Consultant at the University Hospital Southampton. Stephen has a wife, Four kids and enjoys (and needs) red wine and coffee.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Are VR surgeons knights in shining armour or simply cavemen with extremely small (27g) sticks?

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 13:15

    1 CET point available

Ian Cameron

  • Biography

    Educated in Edinburgh, Ian Cameron graduated from UMIST with a first class honours degree in Optometry before he went on to undertake his pre-reg year at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. After qualifying, he worked for Eurolens Research, the Royal Eye Hospital and taught undergraduate refraction at the University of Manchester before returning to Edinburgh to work in private practice in a specialist contact lens practice which amongst other things is responsible for the hospital contact lens fitting service in Edinburgh and Lothians.  

    With diplomas in Contact Lens Practice and Independent Therapeutic Prescribing, Ian lectures widely on all aspects of optometry from retinal pathology to contact lens materials and continues to be active in optometric research. He is Managing Director of Cameron Optometry Ltd a contact lens and therapeutics specialist centre which was awarded ‘UK Practice of the Year’ in 2013 and was himself awarded Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year in 2015.  

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: NHS Defcon 1 – Ophthalmology SOS

    Description: Ophthalmology is under pressure. New techniques for treating more conditions in more people are increasing waiting times and straining resources all around the country. Fortunately there is an army of highly motivated optometrists prepared to stand in the gap. If there is will from ophthalmology, more patients can be successfully managed in community relieving the strain. In order to be ready to be called up for service, we optometrists need to enlist in training for battle-readiness. Jobbing optom Ian Cameron has spent the last 6 months attending a range of ‘ophthalmology only’ courses in surgical techniques to get ready for the time when the call will come and will share his experiences. Sign up for basic training and to hear about the future of our profession.

    Location: Lenses Hub

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 15:30

Dr Sanjay Asrani

  • Biography

    Sanjay Asrani MD is Professor of Ophthalmology and serves as Clinical Director of the Duke Eye Center at Cary. His clinical expertise is in Glaucoma (including laser and conventional surgery), cataract surgery and glaucoma implant surgery. Dr. Asrani is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Career Development Award from Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc, the Helen Keller Scientist Award from the American Glaucoma Society, America’s Top Ophthalmologists and Best Doctors from Consumers Research Council and the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Asrani has over 65 peer reviewed publications and serves on the editorial board of EyeNet. He actively pursues research on pressure fluctuations, new devices for glaucoma treatment, drug delivery and new imaging modalities for glaucoma. 

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Multicolor + OCT: The Interface of Retina and Glaucoma

    Description: Professor Sanjay Asrani will discuss the latest multimodal imaging techniques for the diagnosis and management of glaucoma in optometric practice. He will present a series of cases that show how OCT and fundus imaging techniques can be used to assess eyes for glaucoma and assess eyes which have retinal diseases co-existing with glaucoma. His CET- accredited lecture will be delivered on the main stage and will reflect his position as a leading international glaucoma specialist and American Academy of Ophthalmology Award winner.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 12:00

Rebekka Heitmar

  • Biography

    Rebekka is a lecturer at Aston University but completed most of her Optometry education in Germany, where she trained first as a dispensing optician and later studied Ophthalmic Optics. During her studies she embarked on a semester abroad spending time at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her time in Glasgow and her work following graduation led her to apply to Aston University to pursue a PhD with a focus on retinal vascular imaging.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Clinical Case Studies: the use of OCT in practice

    Description: This peer discussion will provide you with a brief case review of up to 6 clinical cases including OCT images in the area of systemic and retinal vascular disease. As part of the case review you will discuss in small groups your thoughts about the clinical findings and possible management, and share your views with the other groups. You will be asked to comment on where you find evidence in the area of retinal imaging literature and how this can be applied in clinical optometric practice.

    Location: AOP Lounge

    Date: 06/02/17

    Start Time: 13:15

Dr Mahi Muqit

  • Biography

    Mr Mahi Muqit PhD FRCOphth is an expert eye doctor and eye surgeon, retina specialist, and leading retinal surgeon in London. Mahi Muqit works as a Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the world famous Moorfields Eye Hospital and in Harley Street in London, with subspecialist expertise in surgical retina, medical retina, and complex cataract surgery. Mahi Muqit has trained and taught at some of the finest and most respected academic institutions in the world of ophthalmology. He has presented at regional and international meetings, and is regularly invited to deliver presentations to ophthalmologists, GPs and optometrists in London. In the operating room, he uses laser cataract surgery technology, advanced retinal and vitrectomy surgery, and the latest lasers to perform eye treatments for his patients. He has expertise in all areas of vitreous surgery, macula surgery and retinal surgery. This includes surgery for floaters, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular traction, diabetic detached retina, scleral buckling surgery, and emergency retinal detachment. He is highly regarded as both a Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Medical Retina Specialist. His clinical and surgical outcomes for patients in these areas compare well with the best external benchmarks. Mahi Muqit has performed thousands of eye surgeries and private patients can be reassured that their surgery will be personally undertaken by Consultant Surgeon Mr Mahi Muqit at Moorfields Eye Hospital and in Harley Street.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Innovations in the Artificial Retinal Implant Technology - The IRIS Device

    Description: Currently, there are several electronic retinal implant devices in trials around the world. The Intelligent Retinal Implant System (IRIS) is a new system which has the promise to improve visual perceptions in patients with blinding inherited outer retinal dystrophies that include retinitis pigmentosa. Moorfields is part of a new clinical trial for the IRIS 2 system, and this is a European multicentre trial. The research team involve optometrists trained in specialised field of re-education of implanted patients which is a key part of the visual rehabilitation of the patients. ?I will report on this trial and this next generation epiretinal implant prosthesis.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 05/02/2017

    Start Time: 16:00 

    1 CET point available

Angela McNamee

  • Biography

    Angela McNamee BSc(Hons), MCOptom, FBDO(Hons)CL, FBCLA, Cert.Ed.

    Optometrist, contact lens optician, examiner and trainer, LOC secretary

    Member of ABDO journal advisory committee, chair of ABDO contact lens committee and of Optical Confederation contact lens working group, member of ABDO continuing education review panel and advice & guidelines working group, principal theory examiner for ABDO dispensing diploma, practical examiner in dispensing and contact lenses for ABDO. Many years’ experience in delivering CET-accredited presentations and authoring CET-accredited articles.

  • Seminars

    Seminar Title: A duty to refer

    Description: This workshop will discuss commonly-encountered conditions and emergency scenarios which may present to the practitioner. Appropriate course of action will be discussed for each case.

    Location: Dispensing Workshop

    Date: 05/02/17 & 06/02/17

    Start Time: 14:30 & 11:30

    3 CET points available

Nicholas Strouthidis

  • Biography

    Mr Nick Strouthidis is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Director of the Glaucoma Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

    Mr Strouthidis’ clinical work is focused on the diagnosis and management of all forms of adult glaucoma, as well as cataract surgery (particularly in patients with glaucoma). He has expertise in the surgical management of complex and secondary glaucomas, as well as glaucoma revision surgery. He also runs the UK’s only dedicated combined glaucoma and corneal keratoprosthesis clinic, alongside his corneal colleague Mr Mark Wilkins.

    In addition to his clinical work, Nick has an active interest in research and training. He is a funded clinician-scientist at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, where he is the lead for glaucoma clinical trials. He has research interests in optic nerve head imaging, optic nerve biomechanics, measuring progression in glaucoma and the investigation of new surgical treatments for glaucoma. He is a clinical associate professor at the University of Sydney Medical School and holds an honorary research appointment at the Singapore Eye.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Top ten tips for using OCT in glaucoma practice

    Description: This lecture will outline the pitfalls of using OCT to detect glaucoma and for monitoring glaucomatous progression. It will present a pragmatic appraisal of how to use posterior segment OCT imaging in clinical glaucoma practice.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 05/02/17

    Start Time: 14:00

    1 CET point available 

Dr Debbie Laughton

  • Biography

    Dr Debbie Laughton is an Optometrist and the Professional Services Manager at Carl Zeiss Vision UK. Debbie develops and delivers educational sessions for eyecare professionals and is involved in the research and development of ophthalmic equipment and spectacle lenses. Debbie also works closely with Aston University, contributing to worldwide research studies and training undergraduate Optometry students. Debbie received her PhD from Aston University in 2014 for her thesis titled ‘optical and structural ocular changes during incipient presbyopia’. Debbie also has a postgraduate teaching qualification and is an Examiner for the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: The perfect fit: Freeform progressive lenses

    Description: This lecture evaluates the differences between the design and performance of standard semi-finished progressive lenses and modern freeform progressive lenses. The importance of considering facial anatomy, frame parameters and patient lifestyle when recommending and dispensing modern progressive lenses will also be discussed. Progressive lens non-tolerance issues will be explored and the steps to identify and solve problems will be discussed.

    Location: lens Hub

    Date: 06/02/17

    Start Date: 12:30

    1 CET point available

Dr Greg Heath

  • Biography

    Greg originally qualified as an optometrist where he worked both in private practice and the Hospital Eye Service. He returned to university to read medicine at the Royal Free and University College London medical school. Greg is a member of both the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Physicians and completed his postgraduate training in medical ophthalmology in Yorkshire. He has an interest in ocular inflammatory disease and neuro-ophthalmology and works as a Consultant in Medical Ophthalmology at York Hospital. He has a keen interest in teaching and is actively involved in delivering lectures to postgraduate optometrists on the independent prescribing course at City University.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Uveitis: What do I do now?

    Description: This session will  illustrate the important aspects of history taking in a patient presenting with uveitis. Greg heath will outline a systematic approach to the examination relevant to the patient presenting with uveitis. Highlighting guidance on initial investigations and providing an overview of the initial management of a patient presenting with uveitis.

    Location: Equipment Hub

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 16:45

Gerda Goldinger

  • Biography

    Gerda is a solicitor who qualified initially in Scotland and then in England. Gerda heads up the legal team at the AOP and has worked in the medico-legal field for the past 25 years. She specialised in this field in private practice before joining the AOP where she is Director of Legal Services. Gerda is also a qualified mediator, a member of Commercial and Medical Dispute Solutions LLP and secretary of the charity BIMA which provides a multi-faith dispute resolution service.  

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: On the Record: A complaint has been made

    Description: What happens when a complaint arrives at your practice from the GOC? This video dramatises a common scenario in a busy practice. But help is at hand; the AOP's legal team dissect what has happened as well as discussing how you can be prevent this happening to you and your patients.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 11:15

    1 CET point available

Sally Bates

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    As a Dispensing Optician lecturing in the field of Optics since 1993, Sally is passionate and enthusiastic about her profession. She endeavours to instil these qualities and professional skills in her students by relating the optical topics to ‘real life’ experiences in practice and dealing with patients. Since the start of her teaching career over 20 years ago, she has continually achieved the highest student pass rate every year for the ABDO professional qualifying examinations in the UK. 

    After recognising the need to support trainee Dispensing Opticians and their employers, Sally formed her own training company offering courses for all sectors of the optical profession. She has had the pleasure and honour of both lecturing and examining on behalf of the ABDO professional body both in the UK and overseas.

    At the ABDO College, Sally is responsible for teaching all elements of the professional practical examinations, and theory in communication skills, to dispensing students including those at Degree level.

    Sally is the proprietor of Identity Optical Training. This makes her work varied and interesting, as it includes writing and providing tailor-made staff training programmes for optical companies, organising and presenting pre-examination revision courses and mock exams for all professional staff, including non EEU students; and lecturing for an international lens company. Sally has had numerous articles published in optical journals and a national newspaper.

    Sally also locums in practice as a self-employed Dispensing Optician. This is a role that she thoroughly enjoys, as it takes her back to basics and enhances her teaching skills.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: Analysing Anisometropia

    Description: "The presentation will allow the practitioner to identify and assess any visual problems which may arise relating to a selection of anisometropic prescriptions. 

    Topics covered include the calculation of prismatic effect with relation to BS 21987 tolerances and current optical solutions relating to anisometropia and aniseikonia will be considered. 

    This involves the appropriate use of lens forms, various lens designs, available blank sizes and methods of increasing/decreasing spectacle magnification including prescribing Contact Lenses to improve retinal image size.

    The dispensing of prism compensated lenses will be evaluated, including lens and frame selection relating to the dispensing of Franklin Split bifocals, bi-prism and aspheric lenses.

    Various methods of communication skills will be explored to allow the practitioner to convey their expert knowledge using an informative and understandable approach. The practitioner will be able to identify and resolve the patient’s needs and expectations relating to their visual requirements.

    The presentation will aid in determining and resolving the causes of many dispensing intolerances in today’s society, by safeguarding and ensuring the patient’s visual comfort through means of developing the practitioner’s communication skills and spectacle lens awareness."

    Location: Lenses Hub

    Date: 06/02/2017

    Start Time: 15:30

Doug Perkins

  • Biography

    Doug Perkins, Joint Group CEO and Co-founder, Specsavers

    A qualified and registered optometrist for over 50 years, Doug is accountable for the overall success of the Specsavers Partnership. He also has specific responsibilities for driving professional standards and influencing the regulatory agenda across our markets.

    With his wife Dame Mary, he established Specsavers’ Joint Venture Partnership model in 1984 with the vision of making eyecare more affordable. There are currently more than 1,200 partners in the UK and Republic of Ireland alone, of whom 550 have been with the Partnership for at least ten years.

    The Specsavers Partnership now comprises almost 2,000 locally-run businesses in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Specsavers is a champion of the NHS – of its 20.3m customers in the UK, 60% are from the NHS and the company is the largest provider of free NHS digital hearing aids. Specsavers is the largest employer of registered optometrists and dispensing opticians in the UK (around 3,500). 

    Doug supports several UK charities including Royal National Institute for Blind People, Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Sound Seekers, the road safety charity Brake, the anti-bullying charity Kidscape and Vision Aid Overseas, for whom Specsavers stores have raised enough funds to build a school of optometry in Zambia and open eyecare outreach clinics in many parts of the country.

    Doug has an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University and Honorary Doctorates from Anglia Ruskin and Plymouth Universities.

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: The changing face of high street optometry – one year on

    Description: In his presentation at 100% Optical in 2016 on the changing face of high street optometry, Specsavers co-founder Doug Perkins spoke about the disruptive change facing the optical profession and outlined his vision for optometrists to take on the full scope of primary eye care for the benefit of patients and practitioners alike.

    He will return to the main stage in 2017 with an update on the technical innovations, medical advances, government pressures, and customer lifestyle requirements that are continuing to drive the need for change.

    He will review the progress that has been made for optometry, and look at what needs to happen next, with a focus on the importance of clinical advancement, inter-professional collaboration and developments in optometry education."

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/2017

    Start Time: 15:15

Professor David Gartry

  • Biography

    Consultant ophthalmologist, Professor David Gartry MD DSc (hon) BSc (hons) FRCS FRCOphth DO FCOptom, performed the UK’s first laser eye procedure in 1989 and has gone on to carry out more than 20,000 individual treatments. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and was instrumental in developing the College’s Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery. With over 20 years’ experience, he is one of the world’s leading authorities on laser eye surgery. David Gartry is a specialist not just in laser eye surgery but also in cataract and corneal surgery.  These various surgical procedures are grouped under “anterior segment surgery”, which means surgery to the front of the eye.  Since David Gartry is an accredited National Health Service Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (appointed in July 1995) he is qualified to deal with more complex problems and regularly treats patients referred from other clinics. 

  • Seminar

    Seminar Title: We can see clearly now………. 

    Description: The lecture will be chaired by a liveryman and past Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. Prof. David Gartry. The panel will be made up of International and UK professionals, 2 ophthalmologists, one GP with a special interest in Optometry (at Trustee of Vision 2020) and an expert from the equipment world on the use of SLO fundus photography.

    Location: Main Stage

    Date: 04/02/17

    Start Time: 12:15

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