45th Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference

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When: -


Where: Crowne Plaza Belfast, 117 Milltown Rd, Shaws Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP

CET points applied: 12+

Target groups: TO, O

Prices from: £245 - £345 Book or join now to attend this event Interactive CET points: 12+

A well-established clinical conference which all optometrists are welcome to attend. This event is organised by the AOP’s Hospital Optometrists Committee. The conference focuses on challenges faced and managed in the hospital service, while providing extensively for the education needs of all practitioners.

Delegates can participate in:

  • Short paper presentations
  • Keynote lectures
  • Peer discussion groups
  • Clinical workshops
  • Poster competition
  • Trade exhibition
  • Gala dinner

Peer discussion groups

Delegates are able to attend one peer discussion during the conference. Please select the peer discussion that you wish to attend during the booking process. If the session is fully booked, you will be able to join a waiting list at the event.

Early bird rate

Book before 30 June to receive a £10 discount on the AOP Member residential rate.

08:30 - 08:55

Delegate registration (non-residential) Registration

08:55 - 09:00

Welcome Address Opening/Closing Session | Jonathan Jackson

09:00 - 10:00

Session 1 - The management of Myopia in children Lecture | Kathryn Saunders

10:00 - 11:00

Session 2A - Peer Discussion 1 - Optometrist (General) Peer discussion | Samara Hodi
Session 2B - Peer Discussion 2 - Therapeutic Optometrist (IP) Peer discussion | Deirdre Burns
Session 2C - Poster session & exhibition Networking Meeting

11:00 - 12:00

Session 3 - The opthalmic management of complex childhood disability Lecture | Sonia George

12:00 - 12:45

Session 4 & 5 - Hospital Optometrist's Business Session & Election of AOP Hospital Optometrist Committee members Lecture | Andrew Tompkin

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch (Exhibition and poster session available all afternoon until 5.30pm) Networking Meeting

13:30 - 14:30

Session 6 A-D - Optional workshops (see Information tab) Workshop
Session 6 E - Peer Discussion 3 - Therapeutic Optometrist (IP) Peer discussion | Maura Bailie

14:35 - 15:20

Session 7 A-E - Exhibitor presentations (see Information tab) Workshop

15:20 - 15:30

Refreshment break Session Breaks

15:30 - 16:30

Session 8 A-D - Optional Workshops (see Information tab) Workshop
Session 8E - Peer Discussion 4 - Optometrist (General) Peer discussion | Natasha Healey

16:35 - 17:35

Session 9 A-E - Optional Workshops (see Information tab) Workshop

19:00 - 23:55

Conference Dinner and Dance Networking Meeting

09:00 - 10:00

Session 10 - Rapid first short paper presentations Lecture

10:00 - 11:00

Session 11 - Janet Silver Memorial Lecture: The journey of visual acuity: Are we nearly there yet? Lecture | Roger Anderson

11:00 - 12:00

Session 12 - Pre-registration survival guide, poster session & exhibition Networking Meeting

12:00 - 13:00

Session 13 - Optimising visual potential in retinal disease Lecture | Giuliana Sylvestri

13:00 - 14:00

Session 14 - The Geoff Woodward Lecture Lecture

14:00 - 14:15

Poster prize presentation & closing remarks Opening/Closing Session
Crowne Plaza Belfast, 117 Milltown Road, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP

Information including: Pricing | Optional workshops | Submit a poster


   Rate (including VAT)
 AOP Members - residential* £345
 AOP Members - non residential £200
 Non-members - residential* £395
 Non-members - non-residential £245
 Observer - residential** £295
 Observer - non-residential** £150

* Residential rates include accommodation on the Friday and Saturday night.

** Observer places at a special reduced rate are available for those who will be bona fide full time hospital employed pre-reg or post-graduate optometry students at the time of the conference. Written confirmation of status from your supervisor is needed with the booking (please email to events@aop.org.uk). Please note that observers' places are limited.

Please note that all bookings for AOP events are subject to our terms and conditions, which include our cancellation policy.


If you are interested in booking accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Belfast for the night before, or the night after the conference, please call the reservations team at the hotel on 028 9092 3500 and let them know you are attending the conference.

The rates for single occupancy, bed and breakfast, are:

Date Price
Thursday 7 November £115
Sunday 10 November £95

Please note that contact information and debit/credit card details will be taken in order to secure the booking.

Optional workshops

13.30 - 14.30 15.30 - 16.30
  • 6A - Dynamic ret and assessment of accommodation (Prof K Saunders)
  • 6B - Low vision
  • 6C - Understanding OCT
  • 6D - Keratoconus @ CXL
  • 6E - Peer discussion #3 - Therapeutic Optometrist (M Bailie)
  • 8A - Diabetic screening (Prof T Peto)
  • 8B - Binocular vision and orthoptics (Ankell & Hanley)
  • 8C - The ABC of OCT Angiography (C Steele)
  • 8D - Introduction to leadership and NHS performance (A Tompkin)
  • 8E - Peer discussion #4 - Optometrist (N Healey)
14.35 - 15.20 16.35 - 17.35
  • Exhibitor presentations x 5 (details tbc)
  • 9A - Managing CL complications
  • 9B - Glaucoma
  • 9C - Elementary statistics for optometrists (R Hogg)
  • 9D - The occupational and ergonomic perils of hospital optometry
  • 9E - Pre-reg period survival guide (H Higgins)

Submit a poster

Proposals for conference quick fire presentations are also invited to arrive no later than 2 September for consideration by the sub-committee.

An abstract of the short paper proposal should be emailed to aptompkin@tompkin.org.uk with subject line: HOAC45 quick fire presentation proposal  [Author Name].

Download the poster guidelines.

Associated Optical

Associated Optical logoSince 1983 Associated Optical, Eschenbach’s UK partner, has sought to provide eye-care professionals with innovative magnification devices to further enhance their patient care. Working closely with all of our key manufacturers and education team, our aim is to inspire our customers to further improve people’s lives using patient centred optical solutions.

Our key brands include Eschenbach Optik, Ocutech, LiveEyewear LV Shields & COIL.



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Bausch + Lomb

B+L invite you to their stand to discuss their full portfolio of Speciality Lenses for the irregular cornea such as Zenlens™ mini scleral, Quantum K, Maxim CV and Innovative Scleral range of lenses providing options for a wide variety of indications.


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Cantor & Nissel Ltd

Cantor & Nissel Ltd is the largest independent specialised contact lens laboratory in Europe. The company concentrates on the production of Custom Hand Painted & Printed soft and RGP lenses for prosthetic application and for special effects, of artificial eyes and sclera shells, and of complex lenses for Toric, Presbyopic and Keratoconic application. And also producing the Chromagen range of coloured lenses and spectacle lenses for the management of colour vision deficiency and ASD (dyslexia). 



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The College of Optometrists

The College is the professional body for optometry. It qualifies the profession and delivers the guidance and development to ensure optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.



Glaukos logo


Glaukos is an ophthalmic medical technology company dedicated solely to the transformation of the treatment of glaucoma.

Glaukos has a portfolio of cutting edge products including the revolutionary iStent inject®.  Implanted during cataract surgery or as a separate procedure, iStent inject® is the first available ab interno, micro bypass system designed to restore natural physiological outflow through two openings in the trabecular meshwork. 



Jack Allen logojack allen contact lenses

Bill , Kim & Ash Wilson will be in attendance on the stand to discuss the Jack Allen Contact Lenses range of products.

The Company offers a wide range of Gas Permeable Lenses to system or Prescription including a range of special lenses

The PROFILE system for keratoconus and the irregular cornea has been augmented to offer a vast range lenses at 14.00, 16,00, 16.50, and 18.0mm diameter.

Also the PROFILE VERSATILE SYSTEM ( PVS ) will be available for demonstration

All details available at the stand


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Menicon Ltd

With over 40 years’ experience, Menicon Ltd. is one of the UK’s leading lens manufacturers.  The company combines traditional values of quality, expertise and service with exciting new lenses and accessories.

Menicon is renowned for its high quality lenses, especially the Rose K2 range which is the most widely prescribed brand of irregular cornea lenses worldwide.



Nothern Lenses logo

Northern Lenses   Est: 1993

Supplier of RGP Contact Lenses, including the NLS 14 mm Diam, OCT 16mm Diam, as well as the globally tried and tested NLK keratoconus Design, (which can be supplied with Hydra-Peg coating as a no cost option).

We now offer the Tangible Hydra-Peg Coating system available on all Optimum Comfort-Extra and Extreme materials.

This breakthrough polymer coating, is advantageous for dry eye patients, also aids comfort, wettability and lubricity.

Drop by the stand – we have samples for you to “feel the difference”. You will be amazed.


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Optima Low Vision Services Ltd. is a leading UK supplier of low vision equipment. Optima provides NHS funded low vision services, working with approximately 2,000 new patients a year. We are in a unique position to offer a comprehensive product range, expect advice as practitioners and training to those working in the low vision sector.




Positive Impact

Positive Impact is an innovative ophthalmic sales company with a range of unique and exclusive products, widely regarded as the best in their class. Its Dry Eye Zone includes a range of patented diagnostics and treatments for ocular surface disease including TearLab®, InflammaDry®, Parasol punctum-plugs, HydraMed dry eye drops, DemEx lid care and Dry Omega supplements.



RNIB logo


RNIB offers practical support, advice and information to people with sight loss and those who work with them. We are committed to helping health professionals understand more about the impact that eye conditions and sight loss have on their patients. 

For more information about how we can help, visit rnib.org.uk/healthprofessionals


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Scope Ophthalmics

Scope is a family-run company with a heritage of bringing evidence-based, premium products to healthcare professionals and end-consumers alike. Scope offers innovative products for ocular surface diseases such as Dry Eye Disease. Operating in both the United Kingdom and Ireland, we have a well-established portfolio which includes; The HYCOSAN® range, OPTASE® and Omega Eye


Scotlens logo


Scotlens continue to lead the way with contact lenses for irregular corneas. Our irregular corneal range that includes; K-Contour 2- a variable diameter corneal lens for mild to moderate keratoconus, Corneoscleral lens - a 14.5mm lens for keratoconus, astigmatism and EasyScleral - 16 or 18mm diameter scleral lenses perfect for pellucid and post-surgical eyes.



Ultravision logo


UltraVision, a Member of the SEED Group, is a world class specialist in developing leading edge technology for contact lenses. Producing an extensive range of products from monthly disposables to bespoke custom contact lenses, UltraVision offer an option for all your patients.



The new Crowne Plaza Belfast is located on Milltown Road, Shaw's Bridge, in south Belfast. Situated within Lagan Valley Regional Park, just moments' drive from the renowned Malone Road, the hotel is surrounded by picturesque parkland, walking and cycling trails, and is a 10-minute drive from Belfast city centre. There is ample free parking in the hotel's car park. The hotel is located with close proximity to key attractions in Belfast, including the SSE Arena, where many of the city's concerts are held, which is just over a 13-minute drive away; Belfast Waterfront, which hosts many of Belfast's events and concerts, which is only a 12-minute drive away; whilst Titanic Belfast is just 15 minutes from the hotel.


By car

From the Belfast city centre head to the University Road and continue onto the Malone Road; then continue onto the Milltown Road. The hotel is on the left hand side.

By air

The conference is located near two major airports:

Belfast International Airport
(approx 30 mins drive from the hotel)
George Best Belfast City Airport
(approx 15 mins drive from the hotel)

Virgin Atlantic
Thomas Cook

British Airways

By boat

The Crowne Plaza Belfast is a short 15-minute drive to the ferry terminals. Visit Tourism Ireland for more information on the possible ferry routes.

Whilst you are in Belfast

For delegates who are unable to attend the evening activities, have guests that they need to entertain whilst they are at the conference, or are adding a couple of days on to their visit, then there is lots to do in the local area. Visit Belfast has collaborated with a range of businesses to offer conference delegates discounts on various activities and services - see Visit Belfast's exclusive delegate offers.

Prices from: £245 - £345 Book or join now to attend this event Interactive CET points: 12+