43rd Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference

When: -


Where: The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds LS1 1PJ

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-related 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 – you do not have to work in a hospital to attend.

Delegates can participate in:

  • Short paper presentations
  • Keynote lectures
  • Peer discussion groups (TO and O)
  • Clinical workshops
  • Poster sessions
  • Business sessions

Confirmed keynote lectures:

  • Management of uveitis (Fahd Quhill)
  • Headaches in children - red flag symptoms and signs not to miss (Ian Simmons)
  • Reflections from the interface (Professor Martin Rubinstein)
  • Myopia progression and control (Professor Ed Mallen)

Parallel sessions:

  • Rethinking keratoconus service design (Steph Campbell)
  • Understanding ultrasound (Patsy Terry)
  • Training for extended roles (Paul Spry)
  • Occlusion therapy, techniques and outcomes (Helen Davis)
  • Learning disabilities (Lisa Donaldson, SeeAbility)
  • Electro diagnostics (David Sculfor)
  • The optometrist as supervisor (Sam Hodi)
  • Surviving the pre-reg period (Holly Higgins)
  • Optometrists' peer discussions (Susanne Helly)
  • Independent prescribers' peer discussions (Alison Weston)
  • Manufacturer sessions (various)

"HOAC is inspiring and a highlight of the year"
Bruce Fisher, AOP member

8.30AM - 5.30PM

  • Saturday 7 October 2017

8.30AM - 2.00PM

  • Sunday 8 October 2017


Professor Edward Mallen

Professor Ed Mallen

Head of Department Optometry and Visual Science , Bradford University


Fahd Quhill

Consultant Ophthalmologist , Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield


Martin Rubinstein

Consultant Optometrist , Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester


Ian Simmons

Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist , Leeds Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust


  • Alimera Sciences Limited

    Alimera Sciences, founded in June 2003, and proudly established in Europe since 2013, is a pharmaceutical company that specialises in the research, development and commercialisation of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. We are presently focused on diseases of the retina, affecting millions of people in our ageing population.

    Royal Pavilion, Wellesley Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1PZ

  • Associated Optical

    Associated Optical, Eschenbach's UK partner, has sought to provide the eye care and vision rehabilitation profession with some of the highest quality, innovative low vision aids and magnifiers available in the world today.

    Combining these devices with an established education portfolio, Associated Optical are ideally placed to work with the profession to enhance patient care in the UK.

  • 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, the leading scleral design in the US market, Quantum K, Maxim CV and Innovative Scleral range of lenses providing options for a wide variety of indications.

    106 London Road, Kingston upon Thames , Surrey, KT2 6TN, England

  • Cantor & Nissel Ltd

    Cantor & Nissel Ltd is the largest specialised contact lens laboratory in Europe. The company concentrates on the production of Custom hand painted soft 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, in addition, with reverse geometry. And also producing the Chromagen range of coloured lenses and spectacle lenses for the management of colour vision deficiency and ASD (dyslexia).

  • The EyeBag Company

    The MGDRx EyeBag® remains the unequivocal product of choice for the health professional.

    Supported by clinical trials, independent studies and loved by patients, the EyeBag® is first line treatment for dry eye, Blepharitis and MGD. 

  • Jack Allen Contact Lenses

    Bill & Kim 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 versatile range lenses at 14.00, 16,00, 16.50, and 18.0mm diameter. All details available at the stand.

    Redburn Industrial Estate, Woodall Rd, Ponders End, Enfield, Middlesex, EN3 4LQ

  • mark'ennovy

    mark’ennovy produce custom-made, monthly soft contact lenses, that precisely fit the unique characteristics of each eye.

    Their unrivalled combination of contact lens parameters, geometries, materials, and expert technical advice, is backed by the most advanced manufacturing technology and an exclusive focus on the eye care professional.

  • Menicon Ltd

    With over 40 years’ experience, Menicon Ltd. is one of the UK’s leading lens manufacturers.  They combine the 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.

    Visit Menicon to find out more about their high quality lenses, such as the newly launched 'Menicon Z Night ortho-k' lens.

  • Moorfields

    Moorfields Optometry Education is a leading provider of specialist clinical courses in optometry. In addition, Moorfields and the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London (UCL) have partnered to deliver the College of Optometrists Higher Qualifications. These are all delivered by leading ophthalmologists and specialist optometrists in their respective fields.

  • No7 Contact Lenses

    At No7 Contact Lenses we understand that one size doesn’t fit all. We manufacture a wide range of specialist contact lenses with unique characteristics that allow you to meet the individual needs of each patient. Ask our friendly team about our new printed soft lenses – Reflex Colours.

    Unit 3, Highfields Business Park, Sidney Little Road, Hastings TN38 9UB

  • Nothern Lenses logo

    Northern Lenses

    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 will now be supplied with Hydra-Peg coating as standard).

    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.

    Tameside Business Park, Windmill Lane, Denton, Manchester M34 3QS

  • The Norville Group Ltd

    The Norville Group independent family owned manufacturing opticians business based in Gloucester. Norville operate a network of nationwide Rx laboratories additionally at Bolton, Edinburgh, Harrogate and Seaham.  Comprehensive service covering prescription lenses from the simplest to the most complicated for LVA and specials, spectacle frames and combined packages, low vision aids, practice & workshop and spectacle repair.

    The Norville Group Ltd, Magdala Road, Gloucester GL1 4DG

  • Optelec

    Interested in low vision? Optelec will showcase the Schweizer ERGO-Lux Mobil range of LED hand magnifiers, including models which are designed for left-handed users.
    Demonstrations will be available of the NEW Optelec Traveller reading tablet, and Compact+ HD digital hand magnifier – both with HD cameras on-board for superior on screen images.

    Croxley Green Business Park Watford WD18 8YX

  • Optima Low Vision Services Ltd.

    Optima Low Vision Services Ltd. is a leading UK supplier of low vision equipment. Optima provides NHS funded low vision services, working with approximately 2000 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.

  • Scope Ophthalmics

    At Scope Ophthalmics, our philosophy is to deliver innovative products that help improve patient outcomes and aid patient compliance. Our range supports Optometrists and Patients throughout the Ocular Surface Disease Patient Journey and is constantly evolving as we continue to invest in new ideas and products to ensure we are delivering worthwhile innovations.

    1st Floor, Unit 2 Amberley Court, Whitword Road, County Oak Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 7XL

  • Scotlens

    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.

    Avon Mill Industrial Estate, Linlithgow, EH49 7SG

  • SwissLens

    With virtually unlimited parameters, SwissLens offer a comprehensive range of custom made contact lenses. Standard fit to irregular corneas, keratocone, prosthetic lens, edge filters and myopia contact lenses. 

    SwissLens has been supplying made to measure prescription contact lenses since 1997 and is one of Europe's largest lathe cut contact lens suppliers.

  • SynergEyes

    SynergEyes is the only advanced-technology and OD-led contact lens company focused exclusively on the leading independent eye care professional, providing a complete continuum of specialty contact lens products. Brands include Duette® hybrid lenses for astigmatism and presbyopia and UltraHealth® hybrid lenses for more challenging corneal conditions.
  • The Brain Tumour Charity

    The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight against brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. We aim to double survival within 10 years and halve the harm that brain tumours have on quality of life within five years. Our information is designed to aid earlier diagnosis and support patients throughout their journey.

    Hartshead House, 61-65 Victoria Road, Farnborough GU14 7PA

  • 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.

    42 Craven Street, London, WC2N 5NG

  • Ultravision

    UltraVision CLPL is a world class specialist in developing leading edge technology for contact lenses. Producing a wide range of lathe-cut silicone hydrogel, durable and RGP contact lenses, UltraVision can help practitioners expand their range and ‘always say yes’ to patients who fall outside of the disposable range.