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Seminar Programme 2024

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Please note: Due to high popularity, we will be releasing additional capacity on Monday 5th February at 9am. If you cannot secure a spot for your preferred session during this period, we will be holding back some capacity for walk-ins. This will be on a first come first serve basis. To receive a CPD point, you must be in attendance throughout the duration of the seminar. 

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AOP Lounge

Sponsored by

AOP

  1. AOP Lounge

    By 2050 it is expected that 50% of the world's population will be myopic and in Western Europe, the rate is predicted to be 56%. Every dioptre of myopia has a significant effect on the risk of developing glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration in later life. This session considers the ocular health of a myope in his mid-forties and discusses how we could have intervened had we had today’s knowledge when he was a child, and what effect that could have had on his risk of developing myopia-related eye disease.


     

  2. AOP Lounge
    Join us as we look at reasons as to why patients may drop out of contact lens wear at the beginning of their journey. Delegates will need to consider all options to ensure maximum retention of contact lens patients. The session will cover cases where delegates will identify various possible reasons that may lead to the early discontinuation of contact lens wear and how to address them before they become a concern.
  3. AOP Lounge
    Clinical excellence is taken as a given when catering for contact lens patients. But, does this also apply to the customer service aspect of the contact lens fitting process? In this discussion session we will consider the latest findings from research gathered from 100% Optical 2023 and the Fresh Thinking campaign, to truly understand practice ways of working and balance this with viewpoints from potential and existing contact lens wearers.
  4. AOP Lounge
    In this highly interactive session, Richard Edwards will use the OCCS-style discussion format to share both hypothetical and anecdotally emerging scenarios in myopia management. This will enable practitioners to share insights and best practice in the way they manage their conversations, which are so critical to the success of myopia management interventions.
  5. AOP Lounge
    This workshop aims to shift the focus of contact lens selection from eye care professional lens preferences to a patient-centric approach based on individual needs. By recognising the diverse factors and ever-advancing technology that influence contact lens suitability, eye care professionals can enhance patient satisfaction, visual outcomes and overall eye health, leading to a lifetime of wear in lenses.
  6. AOP Lounge
    This session will review the fitting of three presbyopic patients with fitting challenges to help solve common difficulties with confidence. We will discuss patient scenarios post initial fitting/conversation to identify the resolutions of some common concerns with the aim to successfully fit and manage the presbyopic soft contact lens wearer. The patient journey will also be reviewed to look at how this can be made simpler and more efficient so that the patients’ problems can be resolved confidently and easily.
Catwalk

Sponsored by

ocuco

  1. Catwalk
    Well before the age of antiquity, people have applied eye makeup to "speak with the eyes." The primary intent was to darken the eyes, make them more attractive, expressive, and seductive, and give the ...
  2. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
  3. Catwalk
    This session is a Iive presentation of nine imminent trends that will define the eyewear landscape in 2025. It uncovers an array of daring frame design references, visionary concepts, intricate details and captivating colour combinations sparking creativity for upcoming seasonal collections.

    The takeaways from the presentation can especially be insightful for the Independent Eyecare Practices & Professionals as a strategic guide before committing to the seasonal buy.

    The presentation will showcase the depth of insights and the trend’s journey from inspiration via runway and street to sun & optical eyewear and lastly, its colour palette
     
  4. Catwalk
    Locate a Locum has helped over 37,000 UK healthcare professionals find flexible, high-paying locum shifts, they will be joined by ASDAs Optical team to share their expertise. In this 45-minute worksho ...
  5. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
  6. Catwalk
    Encompassing a 25-minute presentation, this discussion delves into authentic optical case studies, illustrating the diverse strategies employed by eyecare businesses in enhancing their online presence ...
  7. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
  8. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to immerse yourself in the fearless and fabulous world of Carolina Herrera. Created for a confident and empowered woman, the collection is an expression of beauty, joy and ...

    Sponsored by

    ch250

  9. Catwalk
    Find out the winners of the Love Eyewear Awards 2024.
CooperVision

Sponsored by

cv

  1. CooperVision
    This workshop aims to shift the focus of contact lens selection from eye care professional lens preferences to a patient-centric approach based on individual needs. By recognising the diverse factors and ever-advancing technology that influence contact lens suitability, eye care professionals can enhance patient satisfaction, visual outcomes and overall eye health, leading to a lifetime of wear in lenses.
  2. CooperVision
    This session will review the fitting of three presbyopic patients with fitting challenges to help solve common difficulties with confidence. We will discuss patient scenarios post initial fitting/conversation to identify the resolutions of some common concerns with the aim to successfully fit and manage the presbyopic soft contact lens wearer. The patient journey will also be reviewed to look at how this can be made simpler and more efficient so that the patients’ problems can be resolved confidently and easily.
  3. CooperVision
    Join us as we look at reasons as to why patients may drop out of contact lens wear at the beginning of their journey. Delegates will need to consider all options to ensure maximum retention of contact lens patients. The session will cover cases where delegates will identify various possible reasons that may lead to the early discontinuation of contact lens wear and how to address them before they become a concern.
  4. CooperVision

    By 2050 it is expected that 50% of the world's population will be myopic and in Western Europe, the rate is predicted to be 56%. Every dioptre of myopia has a significant effect on the risk of developing glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration in later life. This session considers the ocular health of a myope in his mid-forties and discusses how we could have intervened had we had today’s knowledge when he was a child, and what effect that could have had on his risk of developing myopia-related eye disease.

Dispensing Workshop
  1. Dispensing Workshop
    This discussion workshop will ask delegates to discuss what the role of the dispensing optician is, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, in relation to the field of myopia management. Areas for discussion will include identification of risk factors, offering informed choice and undertaking consent, and factors to consider when dispensing spectacles for myopia management.
  2. Dispensing Workshop
    This highly interactive session covers two redacted GOC cases and one Optical Consumer Complaints Service (OCCS) case to illustrate what type of complaints can escalate to the regulator and what can be managed locally with OCCS support.
  3. Dispensing Workshop
    This peer review is broken down into three stages and considers why effective communication is so important, three different models of breaking bad news, and keeping safe in the eyes of the law.
  4. Dispensing Workshop
    This discussion workshop starts with a look at the available products in the UK market for myopia management and will discuss the importance of evidence-based practice which may include clinical observational and real-world trials. Delegates will be given case scenarios to discuss risk factors and the conversations that need to be had with the parents and child. The workshop will also look at how practitioners measure success and how they might approach the different scenarios in practice.
  5. Dispensing Workshop
    This discussion workshop session will be run as an educational escape room. Delegates will work in groups to find the code that will save Dave and save the day. Dave, the locum optometrist was looking for the disposable tonometer heads in the store cupboard when the door closed behind him and he became trapped. Practice owner, Rishi, had installed a new electronic keypad lock on the store cupboard, just before he left for his golfing holiday in Portugal. The practice staff have been unable to reach Rishi to obtain the code they desperately need to unlock the door so Dave is ready for the first patient of the day. The staff have found a folder of anonymised patient cases that Rishi, a renowned game enthusiast, appears to have used to create the lock code. Now its up to the team to delve into the cases to crack the code, and with just one hour before the first appointment of the day, time is ticking down… Can they save Dave and save the day? Cases will include paediatric dispensing in relation to facial data, managing a young adult with low vision, and considerations for dispensing progressive spectacle lenses and multifocal contact lenses to a patient with presbyopia. By working through each case, delegates will obtain three codes which together will provide a final lock code. 
  6. Dispensing Workshop

    Using patient cases, this peer review will discuss diagnosis, management, and considerations for patients with brain-related and perceptual pathologies.

Future Practice - Consulting Room

Sponsored by

spamedica

  1. Future Practice - Consulting Room
    This interactive session will provide a review of common and not so common eyelid conditions that may be encountered in optometric practice and consider the aetiology behind them plus their management. The workshop will provide useful revision for optometrists, dispensing opticians and contact lens opticians.
  2. Future Practice - Consulting Room

    This session will help optometrists identify, diagnose and manage complications following cataract surgery. A short plenary part starts the session to review intra-operative and post-operative complications. Three scenarios follow, to be discussed in small groups, based on the most common post-operative complications:

    • Corneal oedema
    • Post-operative uveitis
    • Cystoid macular oedema.

    The medical management is also covered from the perspective of specialty optometrists.

  3. Future Practice - Consulting Room

    This session will help optometrists identify, diagnose and manage complications following cataract surgery. A short plenary part starts the session to review intra-operative and post-operative complications. Three scenarios follow, to be discussed in small groups, based on the most common post-operative complications:

    • Corneal oedema
    • Post-operative uveitis
    • Cystoid macular oedema.

    The medical management is also covered from the perspective of specialty optometrists.

Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub

Sponsored by

alcon

  1. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub

    This peer review will explore the concept of comfortable vision for toric contact lens wearers, assessing their current needs and if we are currently meeting them. Studies show a lot of contact lens wearers with astigmatism are not satisfied with their visual experience so this session will aim to enlighten eye care practitioners on the importance of understanding the design, materials and advantages of a toric lens; this will not only increase practitioner confidence but will effectively manage the wearer’s evolving visual needs and improve their contact lens experience.

  2. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub
    This peer review will encourage conversations about engaging the reluctant contact lens patient with empathy and also proactively reducing early drop-out by challenging eye care practitioners on the possible reasons our current drop-out rate isn't changing. The aim is to change behaviour around communicating contact lens features and benefits to patients to suit their lifestyle needs.
  3. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub
    Dry eye is a topic that can be overwhelming, and consequently time consuming in the consulting room. However, the impact of dry eye on the sufferer can be profound in terms of quality of life. Much work has been published regarding how best to diagnose and manage dry eye, but many eye care practitioners report anecdotally that they find it hard to navigate, with many patients often feeling unrecognised and unaware that their situation may be chronic – requiring more than just symptom relief. The 'dry eye wheel' provides a simplified visual aid to support practitioners as they navigate a dry eye discussion with their patients. Directing them to understand the mitigating factors in their patients’ lives, obtaining the right measurements to be able to identify the presence of dry eye and its subtype, to then inform the management plan to implement. This model can then be used again at follow up appointments to further inform your management plan.
Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite

Sponsored by

newmedica

  1. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This interactive discussion workshop will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of modern intraocular lenses while taking into account patient lifestyle factors, personality traits and prescription. Delegates will reflect on a series of scenarios designed to enhance their knowledge of intraocular lens technology and better support conversations around cataract surgery.
  2. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This discussion workshop session focuses on the perioperative journey of a patient undergoing cataract surgery. Discussions will cover a number of additional patient care needs requiring effective communication among the multidisciplinary team to ensure patient safety. This highly interactive session will enable delegates to experience the patient cataract journey and the care taken to ensure an excellent patient experience and positive health outcomes.
  3. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This discussion workshop considers three cases from a general ophthalmology clinic which draw on sub-specialty knowledge to manage: an unusual presentation of a choroidal neovascular membrane, treatment options available for a patient with narrow anterior chamber angles and how thorough patient history and careful slit lamp examination can help in decision making for an eyelid lesion. All three cases allow optometrists to appreciate the potential secondary care treatment options in accordance with current guidelines.
Main Stage

Sponsored by

tbd
  1. Main Stage
    This session will take a look at the common reasons for clinical negligence claims with case examples in the style of a well known 90s game show.
  2. Main Stage
    The first documentations of contact lenses, fitted by the 19th century pioneers of this extraordinary concept, were quite remarkably, sclerals, and were fitted for a variety of irregular and diseased ocular surface presentations. While the Victorian specialists had only one available material, glass, today’s practitioner has a plethora of both materials and designs from which to choose. Since the early 1970s, soft contact lens materials have become increasingly popular, dominating the current contact lens marketplace and accounting for 90% of contact lenses fitted worldwide. With a resurgence, a renaissance, of scleral contact lens fittings and fitting techniques developed over the past decade, this lecture will consider the widespread visual and comfort benefits of scleral lenses, going absolutely ‘back to basics’, and will consider whether or not our 20th and 21st century deviations in instrumentation and contact lens modalities have been an effective, or indeed, positive journey.
  3. Main Stage
    This session will explore the impact of digital technologies in task shifting ophthalmology from secondary care to the community. Topics will include smartphone- based retinal imaging, digital displays for vision testing and telemedicine.
  4. Main Stage
    This session will discuss how visual field testing works, and how it can be improved. Specific topics will include: How the accuracy and reliability of visual field testing can be improved by optimising the stimulus How test efficiency can be improved by using AI to relate functional tests to structural imaging of the retina How lessons from the emerging field of “affective computing” can be exploited to make visual field testing more robust How telemedicine might be used to augment existing in-clinic testing. Consideration will also be given to what the future of visual field testing may look like in 10 to 20 years.
  5. Main Stage
    This lecture will provide a review of artificial intelligence in ophthalmology and primary care. What’s changed over the last year and where are we heading? What do we need? Why do we need it? What does the future hold? What can it do for us?
  6. Main Stage

    How many patients do you see each day? All of them wanting you, their eye care expert, to give them your professional opinion about their eye health or what they need to do to see brilliantly. It is a lot of responsibility! Providing a professional clinical recommendation gives direction and clarity to your patient about what is best for them. How many times while talking to a patient do you wonder if they are really understanding and remembering your recommendation or if they are going to follow through with the commitment?

    As you will appreciate, it is not always easy for your patient to hear, understand or retain the information you're sharing for various reasons. Or is it that you might be uncomfortable discussing the very best option for your patient? Eye care professionals often report that they can feel most awkward with a 'money based' conversation. Vision correction solutions require this and perhaps even more so with contact lenses. In this session we'll explore why this might happen and what things you can do to deliver your recommendation, even the difficult and more uncomfortable conversations, further improving their compliance.

Optical Academy

Sponsored by
  SenseMedical Canon

  1. Optical Academy
    OCT has become an invaluable and ubiquitous tool in optometry clinical examinations, particularly for the diagnosis and monitoring of conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Rapid technological changes have led to ultra-widefield high-resolution OCT images, providing the ability to detect subtle changes resulting in earlier interventions, improved patient outcomes and reducing the burden on secondary eye care services This session will use case examples to explore the utilisation of OCT on our day-to-day practice and consider how this technology might impact the future role of optometry in the delivery of shared care eye care.
  2. Optical Academy
    This lecture will explore the intricacies of identifying subtle findings on OCT scans, focusing on macular membranes and holes. These conditions present unique challenges in referral decision-making to the retina clinic. Understand the principles of OCT imaging, interpret OCT scans accurately, and differentiate normal variations from pathology. Delve into the features of epiretinal membranes and macular holes and grasp the clinical significance and potential complications. Learn when to recognise red flags for prompt referrals through case studies. Enhance collaborative care and communication with retina specialists to optimise patient outcomes. Sharpen your skills in diagnosing and managing macular pathologies, ensuring timely and appropriate care for your patients.
  3. Optical Academy
    Optometrists are often the first point of contact for patients who are concerned about their eyes. Having an independent prescribing (IP) qualification means that many of these patients can be successfully managed in the community. This discussion workshop will be presented in a fast-paced quiz format where six patient case scenarios will be considered by practitioners. By inviting delegates to consider the presenting signs and symptoms, the interactive format will discuss appropriate investigations and possible management options, for each scenario. The session will provide valuable guidance to optometrists, optometrists considering IP qualification and those who are already using their IP qualification in practice.
  4. Optical Academy
    This session will give an overview of portable visual fields technology, the published papers and the different settings whereby this can be successfully applied. It will cover hardware and software considerations including comfort and usability for the patient and the tester.
  5. Optical Academy
    This discussion workshop will consider the lifestyle limitations of myopia and concentrate on the magical, dreamy concept of waking up with clear vision, unrestricted by either conventional spectacles, or the necessity for daytime contact lenses. The discussion will centre around the speed and effectivity of orthokeratology which is now available in an increasing range of prescriptions and can achieve results that many would consider only possible in their dreams.
  6. Optical Academy
    This demonstration and discussion session will include an introduction and background to amniotic membrane transplantation and explore potential indications for application in an optometry setting and the literature supporting application into these settings. The session will demonstrate the application of amniotic membrane via a bespoke bandage contact lens for outpatient application (provided by NuVision Biotherapies, UK). This is the only amniotic membrane preparation available for outpatient application in the United Kingdom. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear the views of their peers during the discussion session.
OSA

Sponsored by

OSA

  1. OSA

    Delve into the world of sugars to learn how their innate chemistry underlies biology and biochemistry. Learn how different sugars are from amino acids and see how combining sugars together may allow them to address pain and inflammation. By the end of this lecture, attendees will know the answers to the following questions:

    • What functional chemical group differentiates sugars from amino acids
    • Identify common form of complex sugars
    • Understand the connection between pain and inflammation.

     

  2. OSA

    This session will cover developments in OCT and OCT-angiography and the impact these have on disease monitoring and progression in optometric settings. We will take a look at emerging trends in the optometric sector and how these technologies can support early detection and precise monitoring of various pathologies including geographic atrophy, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and discuss the integration of artificial intelligence to improve the analysis of imaging data and referral pathways.

  3. OSA

    Colour fundus photography is an important tool in the diagnosis and monitoring of retinal diseases. This lecture will look at technological developments in retinal imaging and how this can help to improve patient care, through prompt detection, diagnosis and accurate monitoring.

Specsavers

Sponsored by

specsaver

  1. Specsavers
    According to the BCLA CLEAR publications, a large number of eyes can be fitted with mass-produced contact lenses. However, the selection process and determining suitability can be a clinical challenge. In this peer review session, we will delve into how clinical observations, patient feedback, and ocular surface health can impact our decision-making when fitting contact lenses and will explore strategies to improve contact lens performance for patients at a higher risk of dropping out, including those with ocular pathology.
  2. Specsavers
    According to the BCLA CLEAR publications, a large number of eyes can be fitted with mass-produced contact lenses. However, the selection process and determining suitability can be a clinical challenge. In this peer review session, we will delve into how clinical observations, patient feedback, and ocular surface health can impact our decision-making when fitting contact lenses and will explore strategies to improve contact lens performance for patients at a higher risk of dropping out, including those with ocular pathology.
  3. Specsavers
    This peer review session is designed to empower clinicians to harness the potential within themselves and enhance their performance through the lens of wellness. The session goes beyond individual wellness, addressing the significance of creating a supportive and inclusive workplace culture that promotes well-being, performance, engagement, productivity and ultimately patient care.
  4. Specsavers
    This peer review session is designed to empower clinicians to harness the potential within themselves and enhance their performance through the lens of wellness. The session goes beyond individual wellness, addressing the significance of creating a supportive and inclusive workplace culture that promotes well-being, performance, engagement, productivity and ultimately patient care.
AOP Lounge

Sponsored by

AOP

  1. AOP Lounge
    As patients' lifestyles continually evolve, how do factors such as the cosmetics we use and the food that we eat influence contact lens success? Inspired by the recent Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) Lifestyle Report publication, this peer review is designed to encourage practitioners to explore ways that patient behaviour and lifestyle choice can directly or indirectly impact ocular surface health and therefore influence contact lens wear. Using patient cases, practitioners will consider ways to identify and help inform contact lens wearers about lifestyle behaviours to maintain good eye health, maximising their contact lens wearing experience.
  2. AOP Lounge
    Do you shy away from upgrading contact lens patients into the latest innovations or are unsure how to really differentiate between the different options available? This interactive, fast-paced discussion workshop will provide you with the tools you need to be able to differentiate the features and benefits of contact lenses and offer clear, personalised recommendations to your patients, ultimately improving their satisfaction and retention.
  3. AOP Lounge
    As patients' lifestyles continually evolve, how do factors such as the cosmetics we use and the food that we eat influence contact lens success? Inspired by the recent Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) Lifestyle Report publication, this peer review is designed to encourage practitioners to explore ways that patient behaviour and lifestyle choice can directly or indirectly impact ocular surface health and therefore influence contact lens wear. Using patient cases, practitioners will consider ways to identify and help inform contact lens wearers about lifestyle behaviours to maintain good eye health, maximising their contact lens wearing experience.
  4. AOP Lounge
    Do you shy away from upgrading contact lens patients into the latest innovations or are unsure how to really differentiate between the different options available? This interactive, fast-paced discussion workshop will provide you with the tools you need to be able to differentiate the features and benefits of contact lenses and offer clear, personalised recommendations to your patients, ultimately improving their satisfaction and retention.
  5. AOP Lounge
    As patients' lifestyles continually evolve, how do factors such as the cosmetics we use and the food that we eat influence contact lens success? Inspired by the recent Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) Lifestyle Report publication, this peer review is designed to encourage practitioners to explore ways that patient behaviour and lifestyle choice can directly or indirectly impact ocular surface health and therefore influence contact lens wear. Using patient cases, practitioners will consider ways to identify and help inform contact lens wearers about lifestyle behaviours to maintain good eye health, maximising their contact lens wearing experience.
  6. AOP Lounge
    Do you shy away from upgrading contact lens patients into the latest innovations or are unsure how to really differentiate between the different options available? This interactive, fast-paced discussion workshop will provide you with the tools you need to be able to differentiate the features and benefits of contact lenses and offer clear, personalised recommendations to your patients, ultimately improving their satisfaction and retention.
Catwalk

Sponsored by

ocuco

  1. Catwalk
    Are you growing? Or going? What does your shop look like? What does your product mix and your merchandising say about you and what you are trying to accomplish? In this short seminar, we explore who y ...
  2. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
  3. Catwalk
    Well before the age of antiquity, people have applied eye makeup to "speak with the eyes." The primary intent was to darken the eyes, make them more attractive, expressive, and seductive, and give the ...
  4. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
  5. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to immerse yourself in the fearless and fabulous world of Carolina Herrera. Created for a confident and empowered woman, the collection is an expression of beauty, joy and ...

    Sponsored by

    ch250

  6. Catwalk
    Managing an optical practice requires a delicate balance of various aspects to ensure a seamless and positive patient experience. This panel discussion, will explore the critical components involved in running a successful optical practice. Each panelist will bring their unique specialties to the table and provide insights into best practices and collaborative approaches. By exploring various perspectives, the discussion aims to showcase how teamwork and accountability are integral to delivering an exceptional patient experience and facilitate clinical excellence.
  7. Catwalk
    2024 Global Consumer Trends reflect the huge impact of Artificial Intelligence, sustainability and social, economic, and political factors on consumer behaviour and priorities. While businesses need t ...
  8. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
  9. Catwalk
  10. Catwalk
CooperVision

Sponsored by

cv

  1. CooperVision
    This session will review the fitting of three presbyopic patients with fitting challenges to help solve common difficulties with confidence. We will discuss patient scenarios post initial fitting/conversation to identify the resolutions of some common concerns with the aim to successfully fit and manage the presbyopic soft contact lens wearer. The patient journey will also be reviewed to look at how this can be made simpler and more efficient so that the patients’ problems can be resolved confidently and easily.
  2. CooperVision
    By 2050 it is expected that 50% of the world's population will be myopic and in Western Europe, the rate is predicted to be 56%. Every dioptre of myopia has a significant effect on the risk of developing glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration in later life. This session considers the ocular health of a myope in his mid-forties and discusses how we could have intervened had we had today’s knowledge when he was a child, and what effect that could have had on his risk of developing myopia-related eye disease.
  3. CooperVision
    Updated guidance from the College of Optometrists and ABDO supports myopia management in clinical practice. It is recommended that all eye care professionals should be able to have a conversation around the potential for a child to develop myopia, lifestyle changes that may delay or prevent the onset of myopia as well as managing he established myope. This workshop will work through three different scenarios to review how support staff can help gather information prior to an eye examination as well as how eye care professionals can lean on support staff to maximise a discussion on myopia and myopia management enabling a strong recommendation.
  4. CooperVision
    Join us as we look at reasons as to why patients may drop out of contact lens wear at the beginning of their journey. Delegates will need to consider all options to ensure maximum retention of contact lens patients. The session will cover cases where delegates will identify various possible reasons that may lead to the early discontinuation of contact lens wear and how to address them before they become a concern.
Dispensing Workshop
  1. Dispensing Workshop
    In this peer review session, a series of case studies will be presented covering people at different stages of life with differing eye conditions, needs and ambitions. Each case study is presented with a range of assistive technologies that could support the needs coupled with live demonstration of some of the technologies. Delegates can review and choose the technologies that they think might help with each group presenting their views.
  2. Dispensing Workshop

    This discussion workshop will ask delegates to discuss what the role of the dispensing optician is, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, in relation to the field of myopia management. Areas for discussion will include identification of risk factors, offering informed choice and undertaking consent, and factors to consider when dispensing spectacles for myopia management.

  3. Dispensing Workshop
    Practitioners will be presented with different scenarios to analyse potential risk of spectacle non-tolerance, understand the best options and how to recommend products to meet patient expectations. Delegates will also discuss cases of patients returning due to non-tolerance and consider what went wrong and what could have been differently at the time of the dispense to avoid the outcome.
  4. Dispensing Workshop
    This session will focus on the research evidence that supports the use of coloured lenses in a wide range of conditions. Participants will explore some of the truths and myths about using colour and gain critical insight into how to prescribe colour and when it is necessary. The session will focus on differential diagnosis and utilise case studies to highlight how coloured lenses impact visual perception. The session will review the overlap with binocular vision anomalies and highlight how to investigate patients who complain of symptoms associated with reading.
  5. Dispensing Workshop
    The AOP presents 100% Optical 2024 peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
  6. Dispensing Workshop
    Repeated low-level red light (RLRL) is a new, licensed approach for treating myopia progression in children. This session, will offer information into how RLRL works, supported by peer-reviewed studies that span from 12 months to three years across the globe. We'll also highlight how RLRL can enhance slowed myopia progression results when used in adjunct approaches with established optical myopia treatments and discuss its safety for use. The aim is that after this session, attendees will have been given information and the basic practical guidelines to be able to understand how to introduce RLRL into their myopia management and practice. This will be in the format of a lecture and discussion workshop, with 30 minutes for initial information delivery, and then 30 minutes for practitioners to discuss myopia management cases with the use of optical and RLRL therapy licensed options.
Future Practice - Consulting Room

Sponsored by

spamedica

  1. Future Practice - Consulting Room
    This session will share drop and drug regimes used in today's cataract surgery. Data comparisons will be made for alternate previous regimes and an insight into how these regimes may look in the near future. The lecture will explore pre-cataract surgery regimes, cataract surgery regimes and post-cataract surgery regimes.
  2. Future Practice - Consulting Room
    This session will help clinicians interpret OCT scans and identify common pathologies. The workshop will include case studies to be interpreted and discussed in small groups.
  3. Future Practice - Consulting Room
    This interactive session will consider what life is like as a hospital optometrist at SpaMedica and how referrals are managed. The learning points will centre around what makes the most helpful referral for cataract surgery patients, both pre- and post-operatively, and in general what information is essential to convey.
Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub

Sponsored by

alcon

  1. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub
    This peer review will explore the concept of comfortable vision for toric contact lens wearers, assessing their current needs and if we are currently meeting them. Studies show a lot of contact lens wearers with astigmatism are not satisfied with their visual experience so this session will aim to enlighten eye care practitioners on the importance of understanding the design, materials and advantages of a toric lens; this will not only increase practitioner confidence but will effectively manage the wearer’s evolving visual needs and improve their contact lens experience.
  2. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub
    This peer review will encourage conversations about engaging the reluctant contact lens patient with empathy and also proactively reducing early drop-out by challenging eye care practitioners on the possible reasons our current drop-out rate isn't changing. The aim is to change behaviour around communicating contact lens features and benefits to patients to suit their lifestyle needs.
  3. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub
    Dry eye is a topic that can be overwhelming, and consequently time consuming in the consulting room. However, the impact of dry eye on the sufferer can be profound in terms of quality of life. Much work has been published regarding how best to diagnose and manage dry eye, but many eye care practitioners report anecdotally that they find it hard to navigate, with many patients often feeling unrecognised and unaware that their situation may be chronic – requiring more than just symptom relief. The 'dry eye wheel' provides a simplified visual aid to support practitioners as they navigate a dry eye discussion with their patients. Directing them to understand the mitigating factors in their patients’ lives, obtaining the right measurements to be able to identify the presence of dry eye and its subtype, to then inform the management plan to implement. This model can then be used again at follow up appointments to further inform your management plan.
Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite

Sponsored by

newmedica

  1. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This interactive discussion workshop will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of modern intraocular lenses while taking into account patient lifestyle factors, personality traits and prescription. Delegates will reflect on a series of scenarios designed to enhance their knowledge of intraocular lens technology and better support conversations around cataract surgery.
  2. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This discussion workshop session focuses on the perioperative journey of a patient undergoing cataract surgery. Discussions will cover a number of additional patient care needs requiring effective communication among the multidisciplinary team to ensure patient safety. This highly interactive session will enable delegates to experience the patient cataract journey and the care taken to ensure an excellent patient experience and positive health outcomes.
  3. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This discussion workshop considers three cases from a general ophthalmology clinic which draw on sub-specialty knowledge to manage: an unusual presentation of a choroidal neovascular membrane, treatment options available for a patient with narrow anterior chamber angles and how thorough patient history and careful slit lamp examination can help in decision making for an eyelid lesion. All three cases allow optometrists to appreciate the potential secondary care treatment options in accordance with current guidelines.
Main Stage

Sponsored by

tbd
  1. Main Stage
    As we continue to see the prevalence of myopia rise across the globe, it is clear we can no longer sit back and do nothing. This lecture will explore the science behind all the myopia management options available today, including a new innovation which utilizes novel technology, harnessing non coaxial optics to deliver high treatment power while maintaining good vision. This technology has never before been engineered into a contact lens and designed from the ground up specifically for children. We will review the vision and myopia management data while understanding how this new technology can help practitioners to further build out their myopia management portfolio.
  2. Main Stage

    Multimodal imaging is a valuable tool for the management of retinal diseases. This session aims to give diagnostic clues and insights to many common retinal pathologies with an emphasis on features that distinguish sight-threatening lesions from more benign diseases to guide management and enable effective multidisciplinary patient care. Imaging modalities covered will include:

    • High-resolution swept-source optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) at the macular
    • Navigated SSOCT scans of the peripheral retina
    • Confocal autofluorescence retinal imaging
    • Multicolour ultra-widefield retinal imaging.

    Clinical cases will be presented to include, macular degeneration, causes of retinal fluid, diabetic retinopathy and maculopathy, retinal detachment and other interesting cases.

  3. Main Stage

    Giles Edmonds will set the scene by explaining why glaucoma is a particular concern, describing the scale of glaucoma detection and referral that Specsavers is engaged with.

    Professor Anthony King, chair of Glaucoma UK, will explain why the charity has adopted a new vision: an end to preventable sight loss from glaucoma, and has extended its strategy to focus on reaching people with important messages about looking after their eyes to end preventable glaucoma sight loss. He will consider the root causes of why people lose sight from glaucoma and the desired long-term outcomes that the charity is aiming for.

    Paul Morris will consider the critical role optometrists can play in supporting these activities and achieving these outcomes and consider why supporting optometrists’ development and gaining additional qualifications, and encouraging colleagues to do the same, has been central to the success of community services and improving the quality of primary eye care for patients.

    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 so that more professionals feel better informed and equipped to support people to live well with glaucoma.

  4. Main Stage
    In 2010, 144 children aged eight to 12 began what is now the longest ever clinical trial investigating soft contact lenses for myopia control. Fast forward a decade and these eight to 12-year-olds are now beginning their lives as young adults. In this session, we introduce you to some of these visionaries as they make choices on their futures with lower levels of myopia.
  5. Main Stage
    Following the publication of The Eyes Have It report - 'Laying the foundations for the future of eye health in England' and the ongoing campaign for a national plan for eye care in England, this cross-sector panel, hosted by The Eyes Have It partnership, will discuss the issue of prevention and provide an opportunity to explore ways the whole of the eye care profession can work through greater multidisciplinary approaches to support faster and earlier diagnosis and improve overall health and wellbeing priorities. 
  6. Main Stage
    This ophthalmologist-led session will review the most common macular diseases encountered in everyday clinical practice, and will consider the principles of OCT diagnosis, referral and treatment options in each case.
Optical Academy

Sponsored by
  SenseMedical Canon

  1. Optical Academy
    Despite the great advances in multifocal contact lenses, successfully fitting presbyopes can still be challenging for the eye care practitioner and the practice team. However, how much consideration is given to the everyday experience of an individual patient and how they feel about the impact presbyopia has on their life? This workshop will explore all the options to correct presbyopia, including contact lens designs and materials, and share tips to improve how presbyopes are questioned and advised. Using small group discussions, delegates will discover how to increase excitement and successfully approach the offer of contact lenses for presbyopes presenting to the practice
  2. Optical Academy
    OCT has become an invaluable and ubiquitous tool in optometry clinical examinations, particularly for the diagnosis and monitoring of conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Rapid technological changes have led to ultra-widefield high-resolution OCT images, providing the ability to detect subtle changes resulting in earlier interventions, improved patient outcomes and reducing the burden on secondary eye care services This session will use case examples to explore the utilisation of OCT on our day-to-day practice and consider how this technology might impact the future role of optometry in the delivery of shared care eye care.
  3. Optical Academy
    This lecture will advise the eye care professional how visual function can be improved by enriching the macular pigments using targeted nutrition. The session will also demonstrate the importance of measuring contrast sensitivity when assessing visual function. The presenter will describe the current prevalence of ocular diseases specific to the retina, and describe the challenges relating to retinal ocular disease for our growing and ageing population. The impact of retinal ocular disease on visual function and the potential for targeted macular nutrition will be summarised.
  4. Optical Academy
    AMD is a leading cause of sight loss in the UK, and with an ageing population, the prevalence is increasing. The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate the benefits of OCT and OCT-A to help clinicians to identify the clinical signs of wet and dry AMD and allow for disease classification. The session will include case examples to show the importance and benefit of OCT for monitoring patients with AMD and how the technology may help with referring patients for emerging geographic atrophy therapies.
  5. Optical Academy
    This session will explore the principles of assessing geographic atrophy (GA) in community practice to help diagnose, monitor and manage patients. Cases will be presented to help optometrists improve their standards of patient care through group discussion with fellow practitioners. Topics include the basics of OCT to detect and identify abnormalities and classify GA. Delegates will be introduced to the different types of OCT scans/protocols available and their interpretation, while considering potential pitfalls and limitations. Discussion will focus on appropriate referrals based on OCT findings, differential diagnosis and common mistakes in interpreting GA.
  6. Optical Academy
    The AOP presents 100% Optical 2024 peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
OSA

Sponsored by

OSA

  1. OSA
    With more and more remote edging being set up in to practice and computer systems aiding the dispensing process, some of the key stages of lens manufacture have been overlooked in recent years. This CPD-accredited presentation examines all aspects of lens manufacturing and glazing, from casting through to the finished pair of glasses and is designed to give the optometrist and dispensing optician an insight into the processes involved.
  2. OSA

    Join us for a compelling session where we delve into the evolving landscape of myopia awareness among parents. This presentation is a follow-up to our 2023 survey, aimed at understanding how awareness of myopia and myopia management has shifted over time. We will unveil key findings from the 2024 survey, comparing them to previous data to reveal trends and insights. More importantly, we will propose and discuss how we can work to further elevate myopia awareness. This session is designed for eye care professionals committed to enhancing their engagement with patients and communities about myopia management. Your participation is not just an opportunity to learn; it's a step towards shaping a future where myopia is understood and managed more effectively. 

  3. OSA

    Optometry and ophthalmology are among the most technology-driven of the all the medical specialties, with treatments utilising high-spec medical lasers and advanced microsurgical techniques, and diagnostics involving ultra-high resolution imaging. Ophthalmology is also at the forefront of many trailblazing research areas in healthcare, such as stem cell therapy, gene therapy, and - most recently - artificial intelligence (AI). This presentation will describe the motivation - and urgent need - to apply AI to optometry and ophthalmology, and why it is believed that this will lead to reinvention of the eye exam for the 21st Century.

  4. OSA

    Feeling apathetic? Do you wonder how you can possibly be sustainable in your business – or how the industry as a whole can become more planet-positive? After all, we have about 18 months to pass peak global emissions, and just six years to reduce global GHG emissions by half to keep global heating below 1.5º… Yeah, the situation’s pretty bleak. But that’s also exactly why meaningful action is more important than ever – we have a critical window of opportunity that’s rapidly closing (plus overwhelming public support), and we all need to be part of saving the world with the same key actions in our crosshairs! In this engaging session, Andrew Clark will be shaking up sustainability in the industry, asking some important questions and delivering some critical answers. Applicable for all businesses, from independent practices to multi-national manufacturing, and with strong attention to the targets of net zero carbon and plastic (both achievable for all in 2024). Join this session if you’re ready for the tools and enthusiasm needed to bring about real positive change in the industry.

  5. OSA

    A diabetic eye screening programme has huge value in reducing avoidable sight loss by identifying diabetic retinopathy at a stage when it can be treated. Artificial intelligence automated systems can be used for diabetic eye screening but are not employed in the current national programme. This session will explore the sensitivity and specificity performance of a commercially available deep learning artificial intelligence software for detecting diabetic retinopathy according to national protocols as the reference standard.

Specsavers

Sponsored by

specsaver

  1. Specsavers
    This CPD session is designed to allow you to discuss with other eye care professionals the potential obstacles experienced by patients living with low vision. This session has been designed to look at living with low vision from the patient’s point of view, and to discuss the optical and non-optical solutions and resources that are available for us as professionals to potentially recommend. Within this CPD you will have the opportunity to use your problem solving skills as well as communication techniques to facilitate your patient’s independence, and also gain insight from other professionals’ experiences to provide patient centred care in your practice.
  2. Specsavers
    This CPD session is designed to allow you to discuss with other eye care professionals the potential obstacles experienced by patients living with low vision. This session has been designed to look at living with low vision from the patient’s point of view, and to discuss the optical and non-optical solutions and resources that are available for us as professionals to potentially recommend. Within this CPD you will have the opportunity to use your problem solving skills as well as communication techniques to facilitate your patient’s independence, and also gain insight from other professionals’ experiences to provide patient centred care in your practice.
  3. Specsavers
    An interesting series of anterior eye cases presenting to practice exploring both common and rarer conditions. This peer review session will take delegates through the patient journey; focusing on key aspects of examination, history taking, prescribing elements and the indications and contraindications for various therapeutic management options. This session is particularly well suited to optometrists considering undertaking, or in the process of completing an independent prescribing qualification.
  4. Specsavers
    An interesting series of anterior eye cases presenting to practice exploring both common and rarer conditions. This peer review session will take delegates through the patient journey; focusing on key aspects of examination, history taking, prescribing elements and the indications and contraindications for various therapeutic management options. This session is particularly well suited to optometrists considering undertaking, or in the process of completing an independent prescribing qualification.
AOP Lounge

Sponsored by

AOP

  1. AOP Lounge
    This discussion workshop will focus on the use of ultra-widefield imaging and OCT during a detailed retinal examination and the benefits these technologies offer to aid detection and diagnosis.
  2. AOP Lounge
    This peer review will focus on the use of ultra-widefield imaging and OCT during a detailed retinal examination and outline the benefits these technologies offer to aid detection and diagnosis of abnormalities.
  3. AOP Lounge
    This discussion workshop will focus on the use of ultra-widefield imaging and OCT during a detailed retinal examination and the benefits these technologies offer to aid detection and diagnosis.
  4. AOP Lounge
    This peer review will focus on the use of ultra-widefield imaging and OCT during a detailed retinal examination and outline the benefits these technologies offer to aid detection and diagnosis of abnormalities.
  5. AOP Lounge
    This discussion workshop will focus on the use of ultra-widefield imaging and OCT during a detailed retinal examination and the benefits these technologies offer to aid detection and diagnosis.
Catwalk

Sponsored by

ocuco

  1. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
  2. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
  3. Catwalk
    Join us live at The Catwalk to watch an immersive experience of eyewear in the newest colours, designs, styles and accessories, provided by our fabulous exhibitors.
CooperVision

Sponsored by

cv

  1. CooperVision
    This workshop aims to shift the focus of contact lens selection from eye care professional lens preferences to a patient-centric approach based on individual needs. By recognising the diverse factors and ever-advancing technology that influence contact lens suitability, eye care professionals can enhance patient satisfaction, visual outcomes and overall eye health, leading to a lifetime of wear in lenses.
  2. CooperVision
    Updated guidance from the College of Optometrists and ABDO supports myopia management in clinical practice. It is recommended that all eye care professionals should be able to have a conversation around the potential for a child to develop myopia, lifestyle changes that may delay or prevent the onset of myopia as well as managing he established myope. This workshop will work through three different scenarios to review how support staff can help gather information prior to an eye examination as well as how eye care professionals can lean on support staff to maximise a discussion on myopia and myopia management enabling a strong recommendation.
  3. CooperVision

    Clinical excellence is taken as a given when catering for contact lens patients. But, does this also apply to the customer service aspect of the contact lens fitting process? In this discussion session we will consider the latest findings from research gathered from 100% Optical 2023 and the Fresh Thinking campaign, to truly understand practice ways of working and balance this with viewpoints from potential and existing contact lens wearers.

Dispensing Workshop
  1. Dispensing Workshop
    The AOP presents 100% Optical 2024 peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
  2. Dispensing Workshop
    This discussion workshop starts with a look at the available products in the UK market for myopia management and will discuss the importance of evidence-based practice which may include clinical observational and real-world trials. Delegates will be given case scenarios to discuss risk factors and the conversations that need to be had with the parents and child. The workshop will also look at how practitioners measure success and how they might approach the different scenarios in practice.
  3. Dispensing Workshop
    This peer review will consider three case records covering an adult with learning disabilities, a child with autism and a patient with low vision. We will present the background behind all three cases and facilitate small group discussion with feedback into the larger group at the end. We will provide QR-coded access to resources to support clinicians in their clinical practice.
  4. Dispensing Workshop
    This session provides a refresher course on dispensing for high myopia, covering core principles and how we can use this knowledge to optimise the outcome for patients.
  5. Dispensing Workshop
    This discussion workshop session will be run as an educational escape room. Delegates will work in groups to find the code that will save Dave and save the day. Dave, the locum optometrist was looking for the disposable tonometer heads in the store cupboard when the door closed behind him and he became trapped. Practice owner, Rishi, had installed a new electronic keypad lock on the store cupboard, just before he left for his golfing holiday in Portugal. The practice staff have been unable to reach Rishi to obtain the code they desperately need to unlock the door so Dave is ready for the first patient of the day. The staff have found a folder of anonymised patient cases that Rishi, a renowned game enthusiast, appears to have used to create the lock code. Now its up to the team to delve into the cases to crack the code, and with just one hour before the first appointment of the day, time is ticking down… Can they save Dave and save the day? Cases will include paediatric dispensing in relation to facial data, managing a young adult with low vision, and considerations for dispensing progressive spectacle lenses and multifocal contact lenses to a patient with presbyopia. By working through each case, delegates will obtain three codes which together will provide a final lock code. 
Future Practice - Consulting Room

Sponsored by

spamedica

  1. Future Practice - Consulting Room
    This interactive session will consider the best way to prepare a patient from community practice for cataract surgery. It will include: What the first appointment is for and what will happen Considerations about refractive outcomes The impact of pre-existing conditions on surgical outcome What patients worry about most or likely to complain about most How to manage to expectations.
  2. Future Practice - Consulting Room

    This session will help optometrists identify, diagnose and manage complications following cataract surgery. A short plenary part starts the session to review intra-operative and post-operative complications. Three scenarios follow, to be discussed in small groups, based on the most common post-operative complications:

    • Corneal oedema
    • Post-operative uveitis
    • Cystoid macular oedema.

    The medical management is also covered from the perspective of specialty optometrists.

  3. Future Practice - Consulting Room

    This session will help optometrists identify, diagnose and manage complications following cataract surgery. A short plenary part starts the session to review intra-operative and post-operative complications. Three scenarios follow, to be discussed in small groups, based on the most common post-operative complications:

    • Corneal oedema
    • Post-operative uveitis
    • Cystoid macular oedema.

    The medical management is also covered from the perspective of specialty optometrists.

Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub

Sponsored by

alcon

  1. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub
    This peer review will explore the concept of comfortable vision for toric contact lens wearers, assessing their current needs and if we are currently meeting them. Studies show a lot of contact lens wearers with astigmatism are not satisfied with their visual experience so this session will aim to enlighten eye care practitioners on the importance of understanding the design, materials and advantages of a toric lens; this will not only increase practitioner confidence but will effectively manage the wearer’s evolving visual needs and improve their contact lens experience.
  2. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub
    This peer review will encourage conversations about engaging the reluctant contact lens patient with empathy and also proactively reducing early drop-out by challenging eye care practitioners on the possible reasons our current drop-out rate isn't changing. The aim is to change behaviour around communicating contact lens features and benefits to patients to suit their lifestyle needs.
  3. Future Practice - Contact Lens Hub
    Dry eye is a topic that can be overwhelming, and consequently time consuming in the consulting room. However, the impact of dry eye on the sufferer can be profound in terms of quality of life. Much work has been published regarding how best to diagnose and manage dry eye, but many eye care practitioners report anecdotally that they find it hard to navigate, with many patients often feeling unrecognised and unaware that their situation may be chronic – requiring more than just symptom relief. The 'dry eye wheel' provides a simplified visual aid to support practitioners as they navigate a dry eye discussion with their patients. Directing them to understand the mitigating factors in their patients’ lives, obtaining the right measurements to be able to identify the presence of dry eye and its subtype, to then inform the management plan to implement. This model can then be used again at follow up appointments to further inform your management plan.
Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite

Sponsored by

newmedica

  1. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This interactive discussion workshop will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different types of modern intraocular lenses while taking into account patient lifestyle factors, personality traits and prescription. Delegates will reflect on a series of scenarios designed to enhance their knowledge of intraocular lens technology and better support conversations around cataract surgery.
  2. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This discussion workshop session focuses on the perioperative journey of a patient undergoing cataract surgery. Discussions will cover a number of additional patient care needs requiring effective communication among the multidisciplinary team to ensure patient safety. This highly interactive session will enable delegates to experience the patient cataract journey and the care taken to ensure an excellent patient experience and positive health outcomes.
  3. Future Practice - Diagnostics Suite
    This discussion workshop considers three cases from a general ophthalmology clinic which draw on sub-specialty knowledge to manage: an unusual presentation of a choroidal neovascular membrane, treatment options available for a patient with narrow anterior chamber angles and how thorough patient history and careful slit lamp examination can help in decision making for an eyelid lesion. All three cases allow optometrists to appreciate the potential secondary care treatment options in accordance with current guidelines.
Main Stage

Sponsored by

tbd
  1. Main Stage
    This session will cover how to identify an unstable natural lens both in the context of cataract and non-cataract conditions and discuss management and surgical treatment of these cases. The second part of the session will cover how to manage patients who present with unstable or dislocated lens implants and describe new techniques and lenses available to manage these cases.
  2. Main Stage
    This lecture will provide an overview of the classification, epidemiology, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnostics and treatments available for ocular allergy. The presentation will look at local and systemic treatments and future advances along with a review of relevant recent guidelines.
  3. Main Stage
    This session will provide a comprehensive discussion of using diagnostics to diagnosis, differentiate, detect progression and monitor patients with glaucoma, guided by various cases. Attendees will learn about interpretation of OCT to avoid diagnostic pitfalls, the macular vulnerability zone and how to integrate central visual field testing, how to detect progression using visual fields and OCT, and the current understanding of OCT-angiography in glaucoma.
  4. Main Stage
    Although cataract surgery is considered safe, it still carries risk of visual loss. This lecture considers how a multifactorial approach including an overarching culture of safety running through an organisation have combined to produce cataract surgery outcomes exceeding the average levels as shown by the National Ophthalmic Database (NOD) published data.
  5. Main Stage
    This session we will explore the research and clinical opportunities that are possible with the advent of wide-field optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A). The advancement of standard OCT-A imaging to a much wider field of view has exponentially increased the potential uses for this technology. Where previous OCT-A imaging centred on macular disease, wide-field OCT-A now includes much more of the retina that is commonly affected by vascular disease thus allowing far greater clinical utility in conditions such as diabetes and vein occlusion as well as rarer conditions such as vasculitis. The session will discuss the principles of wide-field OCT-A imaging and how it is set to make a major impact, particularly in diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular disorders. The session will include examples of clinical cases where its use has been instrumental in management and will also discuss the implications for future research and clinical practice.
Optical Academy

Sponsored by
  SenseMedical Canon

  1. Optical Academy

    This lecture will explore how artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping patient care by optimising resource allocation. During the session, delegates will learn about:

    • The fundamentals of AI in retinal diagnostics
    • Real-world applications for enhancing resource allocation
    • Personalised patient care and ethical considerations
    • Future prospects in this evolving field.

    Delegates will be encouraged to share their insights and concerns about the impact of AI on eye care. Whether you're an optometrist, ophthalmologist, healthcare professional, researcher, or tech enthusiast, this session offers valuable insights into AI's role in patient care.

  2. Optical Academy
    This workshop will look at OCT analysis using the systematic approach of the 'eyeway code'. Together we will look at various OCT examples and discuss appropriate terminology to describe any visible pathology. The aim is to help optometrists feel confident in distinguishing abnormalities within the retina compared to a ‘healthy’ eye and how best to describe their findings when referring to secondary care settings.
  3. Optical Academy
    The AOP presents 100% Optical 2024 peer review. In small groups, you will be presented with different clinical and ethical scenarios to discuss and digest with your colleagues.
  4. Optical Academy
    The cases presented in this peer review will allow practitioners to understand their own scope of competence for managing this patient group to maximise positive visual and quality of life outcomes. The cases are designed to assist in understanding how to improve management of this patient group.
  5. Optical Academy
    This peer review is broken down into three stages and considers why effective communication is so important, three different models of breaking bad news, and keeping safe in the eyes of the law.
OSA

Sponsored by

OSA

  1. OSA

    Systemic diseases present a major barrier to living a long and healthy life. In many cases, early diagnosis can facilitate prevention, monitoring, and treatment efforts, improving patient outcomes. There is therefore a critical need to make screening techniques as accessible, unintimidating and cost-effective as possible. The association between ocular biomarkers and systemic health and disease (oculomics) presents an attractive opportunity for detection of systemic diseases, as ophthalmic techniques are often efficient and non-invasive. This presentation will highlight recent advances in ophthalmic technology and the key associations between structural biomarkers in the eye and systemic disease.

Specsavers

Sponsored by

specsaver

  1. Specsavers
    This interactive discussion session will give delegates an understanding of homelessness and the impact of that on access to sight care, and how we as eye care practitioners can help to make a difference.
  2. Specsavers
    This interactive discussion session will give delegates an understanding of homelessness and the impact of that on access to sight care, and how we as eye care practitioners can help to make a difference.

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