Seminar Programme 2023

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AOP Lounge
  1. AOP Lounge
    Customer service is still King. With 80% of customers stating that the experience a company provides is as important as it’s products or services, this session examines how and why this can be applied to modern day optical practices. You will form part of a fellowship to solve practice problems using the combination of peer and evidence-based information in this highly interactive session.
  2. AOP Lounge

    The AOP presents 100% Optical peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.

     

  3. AOP Lounge
    Join us as we tackle the most common mishaps seen in practice when fitting presbyopes with multifocal contact lenses. The session will focus on three cases where delegates will help identify oversights commonly made by eye care practitioners and practice teams whilst the session will also challenge preconceptions around presbyopic contact lens fitting.
  4. AOP Lounge
    The AOP presents 100% Optical peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
  5. AOP Lounge
    Join us as we look at reasons as to why patients may drop out of contact lens wear and what delegates need to consider to ensure maximum retention of contact lens patients. The session will cover three cases where delegates will identify various possible reasons that may lead to discontinuation of contact lens wear and how to address them before they become a concern.
  6. AOP Lounge
    The AOP presents 100% Optical peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
  7. AOP Lounge
    Myopia management has the potential to revolutionise the role of optometry in the coming years. As the prevalence of myopia escalates globally our ability to minimise the effects of myopia will transform the lives and ocular health of millions of people. If we are to be successful, the way in which we articulate the benefits of myopia management products will be as critical to the success as our technical ability to fit the product.
Catwalk
  1. Catwalk
  2. Catwalk
    Optical is THE only medical field that has a fashion component to it. Done right, the retail side of the business should provide 60%-80% of a practice’s income. How you treat someone walking through y ...
  3. Catwalk
  4. Catwalk
CooperVision
  1. CooperVision
    The optimum treatment window for myopia management is narrow and often when myopia is low and its impact is not understood. ECPs are well placed to educate parents on managing myopia with alternative options to traditional methods of correction, but this needs careful management and assessment of the context in hand.
  2. CooperVision

    The WCO resolution advises optometrists to incorporate within their practice the standard of care for myopia management, which shifts from simply correcting vision to managing the condition, and includes public education and early, frequent discussions with parents that explain:

    • What myopia is

    • Lifestyle factors that may impact myopia

    • The increased risks to long-term ocular health that myopia brings

    • The available approaches that can be used to manage myopia and slow its progression.

    This session will explore these elements of the resolution through three cases: a pre-myope, evaluation and measurement in routine examination, and a progressing myope, and look at some of the tools available to eye care professionals which will enable the implementation this standard of care in everyday practice.

  3. CooperVision
    Join us as we tackle the most common mishaps seen in practice when fitting presbyopes with multifocal contact lenses. The session will focus on three cases where delegates will help identify oversights commonly made by eye care practitioners and practice teams whilst the session will also challenge preconceptions around presbyopic contact lens fitting.
Dispensing Workshop
  1. Dispensing Workshop
    This session will consist of three discussions. For each discussion, delegates will be provided with statements from relevant legislation, regulation and/or advice and guidance, alongside a number of discussion points to stimulate small group conversations.
  2. Dispensing Workshop
    This session aims to give attendees an overview of the functional analysis of glaucoma and a contemporary review of the medical and laser treatment options for glaucoma. The session will also provide an update on the myriad of surgical glaucoma devices available in use today.
  3. Dispensing Workshop
    This highly interactive discussion workshop explores the variety of filters and fit-overs for patients seeking protection from UV, or requiring contrast enhancement for sport, hobbies or sight loss. After a brief introduction, a variety of equipment will be provided to stimulate discussion.
  4. Dispensing Workshop
    This interactive workshop will look at current myopia intervention strategies and the suitability of four different patients of different ages and ocular histories. Delegates will be given four case scenarios and discuss risk factors and the conversations that need to be had with the parents and child. The workshop will also look at the measured outcomes of those children after intervention.
  5. Dispensing Workshop
    In this 60-minute discussion workshop, delegates will be required to work in small discussion groups and use the equipment provided to show an understanding of the causes of ptosis, discuss different types of correction for it and take the relevant measurements to fit a frame with a ptosis aid.
Main Stage

 

  

  1. Main Stage
    This interactive session will take a look at where things unexpectedly go wrong in optometric practice, including issues around supervision of others, reviewing of images and record keeping.
  2. Main Stage
    As the UK research coordinator for Heidelberg Engineering and having been immersed in OCT for the best part of 20 years, Tim Cole will share his experience about the current fast-growing trends in OCT and talk about where we are heading with this imaging technology that has revolutionised eye care in the 21st century. Key discussion points will include artificial intelligence, data protection, e-referrals, high resolution imaging and imaging software innovations.
  3. Main Stage
    The publication of updated guidance on myopia management from the College of Optometrists in the UK has been eagerly anticipated by eye care practitioners (ECPs) and other key stakeholders. The College had previously indicated that the available evidence was not sufficient to support to widespread rollout of any myopia control intervention. The updated College of Optometrists Guidance presents a more balanced interpretation of the available evidence, which represents a positive step forward that is likely to benefit ECPs, parents and patients alike. This lecture will explore the core requirements that optometrists will need to address in order to comply with these College specific guidelines, while also considering international recommendations from bodies such as the World Council of Optometry.
Optical Academy

Sponsored by

  Spamedica

  1. Optical Academy
    Corneal ectatic diseases are a group of disorders characterised by progressive thinning and subsequent bulging of the corneal structure. Since an accurate diagnosis of these conditions can be challenging, optometrists need to be familiar with the distinguishing features that can help in their identification. This peer review session will discuss what to look for and the management of the most common corneal ectatic diseases.
  2. Optical Academy
    The number of people with diabetes mellitus is increasing and cataracts are one of the most common causes of visual impairment in these patients. Advances in cataract surgical techniques and instrumentation have generally improved the outcomes; however, surgery may be challenging pre, intra and postoperatively in this cohort. This session aims to address different aspects surrounding cataracts in diabetic patients.
  3. Optical Academy
    This lecture explores contact lens discomfort, its clinical and financial impact and what evidence-based measures can be used to manage these cases without even changing the lens. The session pays particular attention to the ocular surface and how it can be optimised for contact lens wear.
  4. Optical Academy
    This discussion workshop outlines how soft contact lens materials have evolved over the last 20 years with a focus on material properties that affect the overall performance of the lens when on the ocular surface. It will indicate how novel manufacturing processes in recent years have adapted to provide improved material properties that work in a modern day environment for our patient's comfort, vision and ocular health. It will look at how patients interpret contact lens comfort and how we can widen the scope of our communication to help determine a better way of choosing materials based on their symptoms and link these to up-to-date technologies we have today.
  5. Optical Academy
    This session will focus on the more detailed and clinically valid methods of conducting myopia management and how to best monitor patients. We will also spend time understanding the most desirable measurements in myopia management and how best to introduce these clinics into a busy modern optometry practice, while maintaining profitability and ensuring the best patient outcomes.
  6. Optical Academy
    The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the huge benefits of IP optometrists for managing patients in the community. This interactive lecture will consider a variety of real life patient case scenarios that commonly present in community practice. Matt will discuss the management options currently available to all optometrists and then he will illustrate how an IP optometrist could enhance the patient’s care by managing them in practice without the need to refer onwards to secondary care. The thoughts and views of the audience will be encouraged throughout the presentation. The lecture will provide valuable guidance to optometrists, practitioners considering IP qualification and to those who are already using their IP qualification in practice.
Specsavers
  1. Specsavers

    This interactive visual recognition and discussion session will offer insights into the importance of fundus image quality in the identification of a number of common conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, AMD and optic disc anomalies. Registrants will view a selection of fundus images and answer a series of questions before participating in a discussion covering the issues raised by each case. The session will include a review of the current photographic marker-based diabetic retinopathy grading systems used in the UK.

  2. Specsavers

    This interactive visual recognition and discussion session will offer insights into the importance of fundus image quality in the identification of a number of common conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, AMD and optic disc anomalies. Registrants will view a selection of fundus images and answer a series of questions before participating in a discussion covering the issues raised by each case. The session will include a review of the current photographic marker-based diabetic retinopathy grading systems used in the UK.

  3. Specsavers

    This interactive peer review session will give colleagues the opportunity to discuss the life-changing ways in which our clinical interactions with children and the interventions we offer not only support their ability to see at that moment, but also secures their attainment of the best possible vision for the future.

  4. Specsavers
    This interactive peer review session will give colleagues the opportunity to discuss the life-changing ways in which our clinical interactions with children and the interventions we offer not only support their ability to see at that moment, but also secures their attainment of the best possible vision for the future.
AOP Lounge
  1. AOP Lounge
    Lifestyles are becoming increasingly demanding, with more hours spent on digital devices than ever before, together with packed work and social calendars. With these evolving lifestyle demands, it’s perhaps not surprising that 75% of patients agree that they would like more from their contact lenses. Using patient cases, this peer review will explore how to identify contact lens wearers’ clinical and lifestyle needs and address how we can ensure we provide patients with the best contact lens wearing experience for their modern lifestyle.
  2. AOP Lounge

    The AOP presents 100% Optical peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.

  3. AOP Lounge

    What do roller-skaters and contact lens wearers have in common? This interactive discussion workshop will encourage you to consider how we best meet the needs and demands of busy patient lifestyles. Looking specifically at coefficient of friction, this session will explore the influence of material properties and design on overall patient satisfaction and comfort.

  4. AOP Lounge

    The AOP presents 100% Optical peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.

  5. AOP Lounge

    Lifestyles are becoming increasingly demanding, with more hours spent on digital devices than ever before, together with packed work and social calendars. With these evolving lifestyle demands, it’s perhaps not surprising that 75% of patients agree that they would like more from their contact lenses. Using patient cases, this peer review will explore how to identify contact lens wearers’ clinical and lifestyle needs and address how we can ensure we provide patients with the best contact lens wearing experience for their modern lifestyle.

  6. AOP Lounge
    The AOP presents 100% Optical peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
  7. AOP Lounge

    What do roller-skaters and contact lens wearers have in common? This interactive discussion workshop will encourage you to consider how we best meet the needs and demands of busy patient lifestyles. Looking specifically at coefficient of friction, this session will explore the influence of material properties and design on overall patient satisfaction and comfort.

Catwalk
  1. Catwalk
    Being seen online has never been more important than it is today. How does your practice differentiate and stand out from the shop down the street or across town? Having a beautiful and fully function ...
  2. Catwalk
  3. Catwalk

    This panel session will discuss the current provision of myopia management in UK practice and the issues facing practitioners and their patients. The panel will explore a range of topics relating to myopia management including:

    • How will myopia management be funded in most practices and the implications of GOC
    • How do we avoid a ‘two tier’ system where those with limited means cannot access full myopia management options?
    • Getting started - investment, products equipment
    • Marketing the service
    • Communicating with patients and parents - managing expectations
    • How to make it pay
    • What is the future of myopia management going to look like?
  4. Catwalk
  5. Catwalk
CooperVision
  1. CooperVision
    The optimum treatment window for myopia management is narrow and often when myopia is low and its impact is not understood. ECPs are well placed to educate parents on managing myopia with alternative options to traditional methods of correction, but this needs careful management and assessment of the context in hand.
  2. CooperVision

    The WCO resolution advises optometrists to incorporate within their practice the standard of care for myopia management, which shifts from simply correcting vision to managing the condition, and includes public education and early, frequent discussions with parents that explain:

    • What myopia is

    • Lifestyle factors that may impact myopia

    • The increased risks to long-term ocular health that myopia brings

    • The available approaches that can be used to manage myopia and slow its progression.

    This session will explore these elements of the resolution through three cases: a pre-myope, evaluation and measurement in routine examination, and a progressing myope, and look at some of the tools available to eye care professionals which will enable the implementation this standard of care in everyday practice.

  3. CooperVision

    Join us as we look at reasons as to why patients may drop out of contact lens wear and what delegates need to consider to ensure maximum retention of contact lens patients. The session will cover three cases where delegates will identify various possible reasons that may lead to discontinuation of contact lens wear and how to address them before they become a concern.

Dispensing Workshop
  1. Dispensing Workshop
    In this 60-minute discussion workshop, delegates will be required to work in small discussion groups and use the equipment provided to show an understanding of the causes of ptosis, discuss different types of correction for it and take the relevant measurements to fit a frame with a ptosis aid.
  2. Dispensing Workshop
    This discussion workshop will consider cases centred around patients returning to practice with potential non-tolerance to their spectacle lenses. Delegates will analyse the symptoms presented across a variety of scenarios from progressive lenses, single vision and lifestyle lenses to understand ‘what went wrong.’ Attendees will discuss what could have been done differently at the time of dispense to ensure the best possible outcome.
  3. Dispensing Workshop
    This lecture will concentrate initially on the most recent studies on myopia epidemiology and the trends in therapies. Attention will then shift to the consensus on how best to manage myopia, in particular, with a view to monitoring the condition and the key measurements to take during the consultation.
  4. Dispensing Workshop
    This session will consist of three discussions. For each discussion, delegates will be provided with statements from relevant legislation, regulation and/or advice and guidance, alongside a number of discussion points to stimulate small group conversations.
Main Stage

 

  

  1. Main Stage
    Back in 2017 at 100% Optical, CooperVision presented a 60-minute lecture on myopia management called ‘Time to stop talking and start doing’. Six years on, this presentation will reflect on how far the profession has come, what we’ve learned and what’s yet to overcome to make sure that no myopic child is left untreated. What more can we all do to speed up the changes needed within the profession to slow down the progression of myopia?
  2. Main Stage
    This talk will discuss the treatment of various corneal diseases including keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, keratitis and corneal scars with a focus on their treatments with excimer and femtosecond laser. The session will be illustrated with cases of patients treated with laser for their corneal diseases.
  3. Main Stage
    Giles Edmonds will update on the PEST analysis presented at 100% Optical 2022 and factors impacting eye care in the UK. Paul Morris will talk about the key highlights from the State of the Nation report relating to glaucoma and also share some of our own data/development from our clinical outcome reports. He will use this data to demonstrate how well-equipped optometry is to play a significant part in the solution, not only detecting eye disease, but also managing it in the community. Professor Anthony King, chair of Glaucoma UK, will talk about what needs to change to prevent more sight loss due to glaucoma from an ophthalmologist’s perspective. Anthony will describe the immense pressure ophthalmology services are experiencing due to increased demand. Giles will conclude by highlighting the urgent need for consistency in care models, an enhanced role for optometrists and investment in technology that supports two-way communication between optometrists and ophthalmologists.
  4. Main Stage
    In her landmark 'Notes on Nursing', Florence Nightingale said that the most challenging ordeal for a feverish patient is: 'Not being able to see out of window, and the knots in the wood being the only view. I shall never forget the rapture of fever patients over a bunch of bright-coloured flowers'. Staff wellbeing, stress and burnout remain critical issues for health services worldwide. In the UK, an NHS staff survey found that over 40% of staff experience work-related stress, with a net impact on clinical care, greater workload for staff and cost to the health service. At the World Association of Eye Hospitals meeting two years ago the importance of green spaces were discussed, and the opportunities for practising mindfulness and reducing daily stresses — for patients, visitors and staff. Whether gardens, greenery or wild areas, these spaces have tremendous value in providing an interface to enable us to connect with nature and ourselves. Through innovative uses of space for art, reflection, exercise, community and food growing, they can reduce stress and fatigue, and have a positive effect in terms of mental health. This talk will describe these important therapeutic tools, their rise and fall and rebirth from the Victorian periods, through the 'car park era' and the 1984 Ulrich renaissance.
  5. Main Stage
    There have been several genetic epidemiological studies that have found a large number of common genetic variants that confer some risk of myopia. These could potentially help us understand what predisposes some individuals to become myopic and others not. However, the precise mechanism by which these genetic variants confer risk is not known. Light-evoked responses of retinal neurons can be recorded non-invasively the living human eye as the electroretinogram. Analysing these responses from large numbers of healthy adult volunteers, a significant association between responses driven by our cone photoreceptors and this genetic polymorphism has been found. Examining responses from patients with specific rare retinal diseases, also shows that responses from certain neurons were particularly associated. These findings support a role for alterations in retinal cone-driven responses in conferring risk for myopia.
Optical Academy

Sponsored by

  Spamedica

  1. Optical Academy
    Practitioners are well placed to identify dry eye disease; however, the link with rosacea and ocular rosacea may be closer than we have been led to believe. This common condition and its sub-types are described and the diagnosis, treatment, patient management and co-management options are discussed.
  2. Optical Academy
    Becoming confident at identifying, describing and diagnosing clinical features on OCT is achievable with quality education and deliberate practice. Using case studies, this peer review will provide guidance on how to systematically evaluate OCT images for signs of eye disease and how to correctly describe pathology in OCT scans to enhance referrals.
  3. Optical Academy
    This session will explore the principles of using OCT in community practice, to help diagnose, monitor and manage patients. Three pre-prepared cases will be presented to help optometrists improve their standards of patient care through discussion with a small group of fellow practitioners.
  4. Optical Academy
    This lecture will provide an overview of the use of intraocular collamer lenses for the correction of refractive error outlining the options, risks and benefits for patients.
  5. Optical Academy
    This peer review session will offer insights into the latest developments within home eye care and offer a fresh take on the future of this sector. A brief introduction will be followed by clinical cases chosen to explore some of the challenges encountered in domiciliary practice, with a focus on communication, cognition, consent and clinical decision making.
  6. Optical Academy
    Diabetic retinal screening (DRS) has been taking place in the UK since the 1960s using traditional ophthalmoscopy techniques, progressing to fundus photography, which is still the main protocol used in DRS today. As diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in the UK, and its prevalence is growing, the need for this beneficial service is also growing as is the need for the understanding of diabetic retinopathy within clinical practice. OCT has enabled us to visualise the posterior and anterior segments for many different eye conditions and has a massive benefit for clinicians with the visualisation of diabetic retinopathy using this non invasive technology. The aim of the presentation is to show and talk through examples of different diabetic pathology using OCT and OCTA to enable clinicians to understand the signs which are visible on OCT and the benefits of using this technology in practice to aid with monitoring, decisions and referrals.
  7. Optical Academy
    This session will review methods for diagnosing referable diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema, AMD and glaucoma with some additional discourse on other treatable retinal diseases. The lecture will also provide an overview of artificial intelligence tools that can identify retinal anomalies to assist optometrists in patient management.
Specsavers
  1. Specsavers

    OCT has transformed optometry practice. However, there is still confusion regarding appropriate use of normative plots and referring patients correctly. This lecture with discussion aims to help reduce the number of false positive referrals and to change the mindset of optometrists in using the normative data correctly. The session will be a mixture of a lecture with material on normative data and several discussion sessions on example cases where normative data is the main focus. There will also be several ‘ask the audience’ sections. Ultimately, delegates should leave the session with a better understanding of how to effectively use OCT in glaucoma diagnosis and monitoring and, most importantly, reduce false positive referrals.

  2. Specsavers

    This peer review session will feature several scenarios which focus on a variety of themes including the GOC definition of an eye test and the importance of certain elements when testing a child, when binocular vision conditions in young adults may require a referral and when to act quickly in cases where tests reveal significant problems.

  3. Specsavers
    This peer review session will feature several scenarios which focus on a variety of themes including the GOC definition of an eye test and the importance of certain elements when testing a child, when binocular vision conditions in young adults may require a referral and when to act quickly in cases where tests reveal significant problems.
  4. Specsavers
    OCT has transformed optometry practice. However, there is still confusion regarding appropriate use of normative plots and referring patients correctly. This lecture with discussion aims to help reduce the number of false positive referrals and to change the mindset of optometrists in using the normative data correctly. The session will be a mixture of a lecture with material on normative data and several discussion sessions on example cases where normative data is the main focus. There will also be several ‘ask the audience’ sections. Ultimately, delegates should leave the session with a better understanding of how to effectively use OCT in glaucoma diagnosis and monitoring and, most importantly, reduce false positive referrals.
AOP Lounge
  1. AOP Lounge
    The AOP presents 100% Optical peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
  2. AOP Lounge

    This lecture with small group discussion will discuss how practitioners can keep good records and why it is central to good clinical practice. The session will cover:

    • The purpose of keeping records

    • A review of the GOC’s standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians on record keeping

    • Cautionary tales

    • FAQs

    • Poor records

    • Top tips.

  3. AOP Lounge

    Lifestyles are becoming increasingly demanding, with more hours spent on digital devices than ever before, together with packed work and social calendars. With these evolving lifestyle demands, it’s perhaps not surprising that 75% of patients agree that they would like more from their contact lenses. Using patient cases, this peer review will explore how to identify contact lens wearers’ clinical and lifestyle needs and address how we can ensure we provide patients with the best contact lens wearing experience for their modern lifestyle.

  4. AOP Lounge
    The AOP presents 100% Optical peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
  5. AOP Lounge

    What do roller-skaters and contact lens wearers have in common? This interactive discussion workshop will encourage you to consider how we best meet the needs and demands of busy patient lifestyles. Looking specifically at coefficient of friction, this session will explore the influence of material properties and design on overall patient satisfaction and comfort.

  6. AOP Lounge

    This lecture with small group discussion will discuss how practitioners can keep good records and why it is central to good clinical practice. The session will cover:

    • The purpose of keeping records

    • A review of the GOC’s standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians on record keeping

    • Cautionary tales

    • FAQs

    • Poor records

    • Top tips.

Catwalk
  1. Catwalk
  2. Catwalk
    How do you expect your customers and patients to be loyal to you when they don't remember who you are? Are you Dr. Ummm? This seminar covers branding and how to be remembered and have your customers a ...
  3. Catwalk
  4. Catwalk
CooperVision
  1. CooperVision
    The optimum treatment window for myopia management is narrow and often when myopia is low and its impact is not understood. ECPs are well placed to educate parents on managing myopia with alternative options to traditional methods of correction, but this needs careful management and assessment of the context in hand.
  2. CooperVision

    The WCO resolution advises optometrists to incorporate within their practice the standard of care for myopia management, which shifts from simply correcting vision to managing the condition, and includes public education and early, frequent discussions with parents that explain:

    • What myopia is

    • Lifestyle factors that may impact myopia

    • The increased risks to long-term ocular health that myopia brings

    • The available approaches that can be used to manage myopia and slow its progression.

    This session will explore these elements of the resolution through three cases: a pre-myope, evaluation and measurement in routine examination, and a progressing myope, and look at some of the tools available to eye care professionals which will enable the implementation this standard of care in everyday practice.

  3. CooperVision
    Customer service is still King. With 80% of customers stating that the experience a company provides is as important as it’s products or services, this session examines how and why this can be applied to modern day optical practices. You will form part of a fellowship to solve practice problems using the combination of peer and evidence-based information in this highly interactive session.
Dispensing Workshop
  1. Dispensing Workshop
    It is inevitable that domiciliary provision brings heightened challenges for registrants both from a clinical and consumer perspective. This highly interactive session uses redacted cases from the Optical Consumer Complaints Service (OCCS) archives to illustrate the kind of challenges that can arise. Delegates will be encouraged to consider how they would manage each given situation if it landed in their lap. Using insights from each case study, delegates will then create an individual action plan to utilise in the future and help them both reduce the chance of complaints but also feel better equipped and more confident in managing them should they arise.
  2. Dispensing Workshop

    This interactive workshop will look at current myopia intervention strategies and the suitability of four different patients of different ages and ocular histories. Delegates will be given four case scenarios and discuss risk factors and the conversations that need to be had with the parents and child. The workshop will also look at the measured outcomes of those children after intervention.

  3. Dispensing Workshop
    This session will consist of three discussions. For each discussion, delegates will be provided with statements from relevant legislation, regulation and/or advice and guidance, alongside a number of discussion points to stimulate small group conversations.
  4. Dispensing Workshop
    This discussion workshop will consider cases centred around patients returning to practice with potential non-tolerance to their spectacle lenses. Delegates will analyse the symptoms presented across a variety of scenarios from progressive lenses, single vision and lifestyle lenses to understand ‘what went wrong.’ Attendees will discuss what could have been done differently at the time of dispense to ensure the best possible outcome.
  5. Dispensing Workshop

    In this 60-minute discussion workshop, delegates will be required to work in small discussion groups and use the equipment provided to show an understanding of the causes of ptosis, discuss different types of correction for it and take the relevant measurements to fit a frame with a ptosis aid.

Main Stage

 

  

  1. Main Stage
    This talk will outline the most common vitreoretinal conditions that present to our service and outline how to recognise them, the degree of referral urgency and how they are managed. Conditions such as posterior vitreous detachment, retinal tears and retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, along with vitreoretinal complications of macular degeneration and diabetes, will all be considered.
  2. Main Stage
    This session will discuss widefield colour imaging, its benefit for the patient and healthcare professionals, and use in diagnosis and monitoring of retinal disease.
  3. Main Stage
    This session will illustrate the impact that treatment of eye conditions, along with prevention and early detection, can have in preserving the economic and social independence of patients. Focusing on the complementary work of two innovative grant makers in the charitable sector, the session will be rich with lived experience combined with reporting of evidence that will encourage delegates to consider their understanding of the value of sight to all of us.
  4. Main Stage
    Ophthalmology stands at the forefront of specialities to be galvanised by artificial intelligence (AI). As the speciality is technology-driven, and with rapid non-invasive scans an important part of the diagnostic process, there is tremendous potential in applying deep learning in AI to retinal photographs and optical coherence tomography. So far, AI has mainly targeted diseases with high incidence and mortality, such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Combining the 'Big Data' in imaging with advances in telemedicine means that AI can be a critical tool in the screening, diagnosis and management of eye disease. There are still some technical and ethical challenges before AI in Ophthalmology becomes integrated within the speciality, nevertheless Deep Learning algorithms can transform the practice of Ophthalmology in the future. Having written an ophthalmology chapter on the first textbook on Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Medicine (Wiley, 2023), the speaker will review the current state, ambitions and potential challenges for AI within Ophthalmology.
  5. Main Stage
    Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are not restricted to self-driving cars, production lines or e-commerce recommendations - one of its most promising applications is in healthcare, and eye care is at the forefront of this revolution. But what can AI do and how can these advances be deployed at the community level? Dr Wen Hwa Lee, CEO of the charity, Action Against AMD, will be sharing advances and potentials of AI in eye care, and how a transformation can be enabled through unique collaborations between the public, researchers, charities and the all-important optometry sector.
Optical Academy

Sponsored by

  Spamedica

  1. Optical Academy
    Ischaemic optic neuropathies can look similar in presentation with acute unilateral loss of vision. However, it is essential to know the difference between types to identify those who can be prone to severe loss of vision and possible blindness. In this peer review session, risk factors, typical presentations and referral criteria will be discussed. OCT, visual fields and fundus images will be utilised to aid practitioners with differential diagnosis.
  2. Optical Academy
    This discussion workshop will examine the use of modern scleral contact lenses in everyday clinical practice. It will begin with an overview of the type of patients who can benefit from this type of lens and the reasons behind this. We will then move on to a step-by-step approach to fitting the lenses, along with hints and tips and guidance on troubleshooting.
  3. Optical Academy
    Considering the increasing prevalence of dry eye and a greater number of eye care practitioners enhancing their diagnosis and management of dry eye patients, it is interesting to note that many have almost certainly not given much thought to the cosmetics their patients use. They are also unlikely to be routinely asking questions about patients' current periocular cosmetic habits and advising on such. This lecture will review the products that are frequently used around the eye and its adnexa, focussing on the ingredients that can be found lurking within them. It will also discuss what practitioners should be advising patients in this regard.
  4. Optical Academy
    We know that damaged retinae (caused by injury or pathology) lead to disturbed visual experiences, but we also know that the retina can be thought of as an extension of the brain. This talk will discuss whether damage to the retina can impact the brain, and if so, in what capacity and to what extent. This talk will also consider the associated clinical implications.
Specsavers
  1. Specsavers

    This CPD session is designed to allow you to discuss complicated dispensing scenarios with other eye care professionals. Often clinicians have different thoughts when trying to determine the best product or solution for their patients. Within this session you have the opportunity to share your knowledge and learn from other professionals to gain insight for future decision making. We will look at scenarios that give us tough choices when helping patients such as: patient preferences or product knowledge; performance or convenience; cosmetics or acuity; and comparison of products. You will be given a choice of agreeing with the thoughts of one of our presenters or deciding on a different response.

  2. Specsavers
    This CPD session is designed to allow you to discuss complicated dispensing scenarios with other eye care professionals. Often clinicians have different thoughts when trying to determine the best product or solution for their patients. Within this session you have the opportunity to share your knowledge and learn from other professionals to gain insight for future decision making. We will look at scenarios that give us tough choices when helping patients such as: patient preferences or product knowledge; performance or convenience; cosmetics or acuity; and comparison of products. You will be given a choice of agreeing with the thoughts of one of our presenters or deciding on a different response.
  3. Specsavers
    This peer review session will feature several scenarios which focus on a variety of themes including the GOC definition of an eye test and the importance of certain elements when testing a child, when binocular vision conditions in young adults may require a referral and when to act quickly in cases where tests reveal significant problems.

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