42nd Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference

When: -


Where: Holiday Inn Bridgefoot, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6YR

The Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference (HOAC) is a well established, clinically-orientated conference organised by the AOP Hospital Optometrists Committee. The event focuses on work challenges faced in the hospital service, while providing for the education needs of all practitioners.
The conference, including the trade exhibition and gala dinner, provides excellent networking opportunities. This conference is open to all optometrists and dispensing opticians – you do not have to work in a hospital to attend.

Delegates can participate in:
  • Short paper presentations
  • Keynote lectures
  • Therapeutic optometrist and optometrist peer discussion groups
  • Clinical workshops
  • Poster sessions

**Update 29/09/2016**

Accommodation at the conference hotel is now full.

If you wish to attend the conference, please select the ‘without accommodation’ ticket option.

If you require accommodation, we recommend you contact nearby hotels for availability. Some suggestions are: Alveston Manor, The Swan’s Nest, The Falcon, Premier Inn Stratford upon Avon Central and Mercure.’

 Saturday 8 October  Start time  End time  Type
Delegate registration (non-residents)  08.30  08.55  Registration
Opening address  08.55
Panel discussions:
Assessment of Visual Acuity In Very Low Vision;
Exploring the Psychophysics of Keratoconus; Using the Moorfields Acuity Chart;
Myopia Control – Should We Offer This On The NHS?
 10.00  Panel discussions
 Poster session and exhibition 10.00
 Update On Refractive Surgery 11.00
 12.00  Lecture
 Hospital Optometrist’s Business Session 12.00  12.45  Lecture
Election of AOP Hospital Optometrists Committee members       
Buffet lunch  12.45  13.30  
Poster session and exhibition  12.30  17.30  
Saturday afternoon (parallel sessions)      
Session 6
Are Soft Lenses Really A Viable Option for the Irregular Cornea? 
 13.30 14.30   
Keratoconus & CXL Understanding The Curves and Preparing for the Future      
The Optometrist in Eye Casualty 1
Anterior Segment Conditions
Keratoconus & CXL Understanding The Curves and Preparing for the Future      
Optometrist peer discussion session  13.30  15.30  
Session 7
Finding Zen for You and Your Patients:
Intro to Scleral Lens Fitting with Zenlens
 14.30  15.30  
The Optometrist in the Cornea Clinic      
Management of Paediatric Aphakia      
Keratoconus & CXL Understanding The Curves and Preparing for the Future      
Session 8
How Well Do You Know Your Telescopes?
 15.30  16.30  
Post-Keratoplasty Contact Lens Fitting      
Keratoconus & CXL Understanding The Curves and Preparing for the Future
Therapeutic Optometrist Peer Discussion Session
Session 9
No. 7 Contact Lenses Workshop
 16.30  17.30  
The Optometrist in Eye Casualty 2
Corneal Conditions
Drinks reception
Conference dinner and dance

Sunday 9 October

Session 10

The Belfast ICP Clinic - An Integrated Approach to Ophthalmology in Primary Care
Development of a Nystagmus-Specific Questionnaire to Accurately Measure Quality of Life

An Audit of new referrals to the Regional Glaucoma Service.”

Session 11

The Ocular Surface In Glaucoma

Session 12
Poster session and exhibition  

Session 13
Ophthalmic Accident & Emergency for Hospital Optometrists




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