The UK’s leading optical event, 100% Optical, is promising “world class education for all” at London Excel on January 27-29, 2018.

Designed and delivered by the Association of Optometrists, the programme offers the entire practice team a choice of over a hundred sessions, providing invaluable CET points, across various learning hubs, through keynote speakers and discussion-based sessions.

For the first time this year, optical assistants can identify sessions on the programme specifically designed for them by looking for a unique logo.

The event will host keynote speakers from optometry, academia and ophthalmology discussing a range of topics including myopia, binocular vision, keratoconus, glaucoma, vitreoretinal disease, OCT, as well as future direction of the profession.


Commenting on the education programme, Dr Ian Beasley, AOP head of education, said, “The event will have two new education hubs for 2018 including the Future Practice hub which takes a prospective look at innovation, commissioning of enhanced services, research, and debate how to adapt independent practice to survive in the 21st century.

“Highlights from the programme include a chaired debate by representatives from optometry and ophthalmology on the mainstage, looking at the future of the profession. A session by Professor David Crabb on Dry AMD and a seminar on keratoconus lens fitting by Drew Thompson who is an optometrist with a broad spectrum of professional experience.”

Also new for 2018 is the Optical Academy which provides CET education and workshops for the whole practice including optical assistants, where every member of the team can benefit from the latest education and guidance.

Event Director Nathan Garnett said, “The programme is definitely bigger and better for our fabulous fifth anniversary. It offers more education with a greater diversity in its approach from a core offering of CET complemented by CPD sessions to support the whole practice.

“It also boasts dedicated streams of education to support all optical professionals with bespoke sessions on performance appraisals, recruitment tips, and frame fitting. Plus, communication skills for front of house staff, through to more clinical content on topics such as such as dry eye and OCT.”

Space for the world class educational programme is limited so advance booking is recommended

Education programme highlights:
Who will do what, where?
Led by Chairman of the Association of Optometrists, Mike George, with president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Michael Burdon and other representatives from optometry and ophthalmology. Takes place at 10.30, Saturday on the Main Stage.

The session will air views on where eye health care will/should be taking place in the future and which professionals will be carrying it out. The session will take the form of a chaired debate.

Dry AMD - through the eyes of the patient
By VisionBridge speaker, David Crabb who is a Professor of Statistics and Vision Research in the School of Health Science at City, University of London. Takes place at 16.00, Sunday on the Main Stage.
The benchmark for a new treatment success in a clinical trial in dry AMD should really be aligned to measureable changes that affect patient’s everyday life rather than imperceptible changes on a clinical chart. Yet little is known about how dry AMD affects patient’s abilities to perform everyday visual tasks. This talk will spotlight our attempts to relate measurements taken in the clinic to at least an estimate of what patients visually ‘can’ and ‘cannot do’.
Vision and driving: do I really need to tell the DVLA?
By Professional Advisor to the Association of Optometrists, Henry Leonard and Dr Julie-Anne Little who is a researcher with specialist experience working in hospital with children with visual impairment and special needs and an AOP Councillor for Northern Ireland. Takes place 15.15, Saturday in the AOP Lounge.

Optometrists are well placed to advise patients on vision and driving, but what should you do if a patient doesn’t meet the required standard, but tells you they have no intention of informing the DVLA?

Putting DEWs 2 into action
By Niall O’Kane who runs his own dry eye clinic. Takes place on Saturday at 10.30 in the Optical Academy.
Ten years ago, the first Dry Eye Workshop (DEW) Report was published. It led the way, being the first publication to definitively describe dry eye as the disease it is known as today. A decade later, and after much anticipation DEWs II has been released. Attend this lecture to find out how to apply the findings practically in your practice.

Artificial intelligence in ophthalmology and optometry - will we still have a job in five years?
By John Bolger, an Independent Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and founder and owner of My iClinic, and independent eye hospital. Takes place on Sunday, Optical Academy at 14.00
Artificial intelligence is coming and ophthalmology and optometry will not be spared. We must know what it is and it capabilities and potentials. We must make sure that it works for us and not the other way around.
Keratoconus lens fitting - what do I do now?
By Drew Thompson who is an Optometrist with a broad spectrum of professional experience. Takes place on Monday at 14.30 in the Future Practice hub.
Fitting keratoconic eyes is a difficult and sometimes traumatic process for both the practitioner and patient, but what happens when things aren’t going to plan? When an RGP lens becomes intolerable or just isn’t achieving the desired results what are the options? In a lot of cases these patients can end up on a corneal surgeon’s transplant list but have ALL the alternatives been explored? This talk will highlight alternative fitting strategies for corneal ectasia and other irregularities to improve both the patient comfort and the practitioner success rate, thus improving both the patients and the practitioner’s quality of life, with less chair time and better “functional VA”.