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Hospital and Specialty Optometrists Conference

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Where: Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX

Prices from: Prices from: £310+VAT - £515+VAT Book or join now to attend this event Interactive CPD points (applied for): 18+

The AOP, along with headline sponsor Bausch + Lomb, are pleased to deliver the Hospital and Specialty Optometrists Conference 2024 in Manchester. The conference will bring together hospital and community specialty optometrists for a weekend of dedicated face-to-face education and networking.

The conference programme has been curated to focus on challenges faced and managed in the hospital service, while providing extensive education to meet the needs of community optometrists. In addition, the event will offer opportunities to share learnings and best practice for the benefit of patients. All optometrists are welcome to attend.

By attending, delegates will benefit from:

  • Keynote lectures
  • Peer reviews for specialty and general optometrists
  • CPD covering all domains
  • Clinical workshops
  • Short paper presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Trade exhibition
  • Drinks reception and gala dinner on Saturday evening*

*Not included with conference only (day pass) tickets

Event programme

The AOP’s Hospital Optometrists Committee have identified key areas of clinical interest which have been used to create five content streams:

  • Anterior eye stream
  • Contact lenses stream
  • Glaucoma stream
  • Medical retina stream
  • General stream

Delegates can book sessions across a mixture of streams or focus on a particular area that aligns to their clinical subspeciality. Attendees will also benefit from content pitched at basic or advanced level depending upon their level of experience within the clinical area.

Delegates will be given the opportunity to select up to four CPD workshops they would like to attend during the booking process. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To view the session summaries and learning outcomes, please visit the ‘CPD lectures' and 'CPD workshops’ tab below.

Tickets

Ticket types Price
AOP members  
Full conference ticket £440+VAT
Conference only ticket (day pass) £310+VAT
Non-members
Full conference ticket £515+VAT
Conference only ticket (day pass) £360+VAT

What you get

Full conference ticket  

  • Two-day conference access including lunch and refreshments
  • Accommodation on Friday and Saturday night including breakfast
  • Saturday evening drinks reception and gala dinner.  

Conference only tickets (day pass) 

  • Two-day conference access including lunch and refreshments. 

Please note, VAT inclusive prices are displayed once you click “book now”.

We are unable to reserve tickets. Bookings are only confirmed once all booking details and payment has been received.

Accommodation

Two night’s accommodation is included with all full conference tickets. Accommodation will be across the following two hotels:

  • Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford
  • AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays

Delegates will not be able to request their preferred hotel; rooms will be allocated by the AOP based on confirmed booking date and any associated access needs.

Conference only (day pass) tickets are non-residential.

For more information about the hotels, please visit the ‘venue’ tab below.

Submit a short paper or poster

Applicants may choose to either submit a proposal for 1. a short paper, 2 a short paper with a supporting poster, or 3. a poster.

Please find the guidelines, submission deadlines and submission form below.

Download short paper and poster submission form (Word)

The deadline for short paper and/or posters proposal submissions is 23:59hrs on Sunday 30 June 2024.

Successful applicants will be informed by the week commencing 13 July 2024.

The full poster abstract along with a pdf of the completed poster will then be required by 23:59hrs on Monday 19 August 2024.

All poster presentations must comply with poster guidelines.

Download HSOC 2024 poster guidelines (PDF)

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event or the booking process, please email the AOP events team at [email protected] or call us on 0207 549 2008.

8.30AM - 10.00AM

  • Registration

9.00AM - 10.00AM

  • 1 point

    Short paper presentations – session 1

    CPD ref no: C-000000

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10.00AM - 10.10AM

  • Welcome

10.10AM - 11.10AM

  • 1 point

    Eye disease and visual hallucinations

    Lecture

    CPD ref no: C-108751

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11.10AM - 11.30AM

  • Refreshment break

11.30AM - 12.00PM

  • 0.5 points

    How do you know Messi is a good footballer? An introduction to entrustable professional activities

    Lecture

    CPD ref no: C-108750

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12.00PM - 1.00PM

  • 1 point

    Telemedicine

    Lecture

1.00PM - 1.55PM

  • Lunch

2.00PM - 3.00PM

  • 3 points

    Discussion workshop: Keratoconus treatment and monitoring

    Breakout session

    CPD ref no: C-108752

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  • 3 points

    Discussion workshop: Surgical, laser and medical management of glaucoma (advanced level)

    Breakout session

    CPD ref no: C-108766

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  • 2 points

    Lecture with discussion workshop: A wide view over the horizon – widefield OCT angiography

    Breakout session

    CPD ref no: C-108773

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  • 2 points

    Lecture with discussion workshop: Blurred optic disc margins – a headache for optometrists?

    Breakout session

    CPD ref no: C-108756

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  • 3 points

    Peer review: Contact lenses (advanced level)

    Breakout session

    CPD ref no: C-108753

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3.05PM - 4.05PM

  • 1 point

    Amniotic membrane transplantation – expanding treatment options for dry eye disease patients

    Breakout session

    CPD ref no: C-108976

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  • 3 points

    Discussion workshop: Glaucoma – confidence in prescribing and assessing

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    CPD ref no: C-108767

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  • 2 points

    Lecture with discussion workshop: Coming in from the fog – streamlining the scleral lens fitting process

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  • 3 points

    Peer review for general optometrists

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    Peer review for general optometrists: Medical retina (basic level)

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    CPD ref no: C-000000

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4.05PM - 4.25PM

  • Refreshment break

4.30PM - 5.30PM

  • 3 points

    Discussion workshop: Oculoplastics – her eyes lid up

    Breakout session

    CPD ref no: C-108977

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  • 1 point

    Paediatric contact lenses – a guide for beginners

    Breakout session

    CPD ref no: C-108754

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  • 3 points

    Peer review for general optometrists: Medical retina (basic level)

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    CPD ref no: C-108786

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    Peer review for specialty optometrists (AS/SP/IP): Glaucoma (advanced level)

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    CPD ref no: C-108769

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    Peer review for specialty optometrists (AS/SP/IP): Ocular emergencies

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    CPD ref no: C-108909

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8.30AM - 9.00AM

  • Morning refreshments

9.00AM - 10.00AM

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    Short paper presentations – session 2

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10.05AM - 11.05AM

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    Paul Spry memorial lecture: Glaucoma, optometry, and the interface of primary and secondary care

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    CPD ref no: C-108844

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11.05AM - 11.25AM

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11.30AM - 12.30PM

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    Oculomics

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12.30PM - 12.40PM

  • Prize Giving

12.40PM - 1.40PM

  • Lunch

1.45PM - 2.45PM

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    New GOC education and training requirements: what now for clinical placements?

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    CPD ref no: C-108845

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    Peer review: Contact lenses (basic level)

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    Peer review for general optometrists: Glaucoma (basic level)

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    CPD ref no: C-108771

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    Peer review for general optometrists: Medical retina (advanced level)

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    Peer review for specialty (AS/SP/IP) optometrists: Red eye presentations to the emergency department

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Alison Weston

Alison Weston

Alison graduated from Aston University and immediately pursued a career in hospital optometry having worked at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, Nottingham University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital.

She has been a pre-registration supervisor and examiner for many years and also examined for the College of Optometrists’ higher qualifications after gaining the DipCLP and DipGlauc.

She has been a qualified independent prescriber since 2009 and is currently a member of the independent prescribing development panel and the AOP’s hospital optometrists committee.

Alison is currently deputy head of a large team of optometrists and her clinical areas of work include contact lenses, cataracts, glaucoma, anterior segment and uveitis.

Previous presentations include workshops and peer review sessions on contact lenses, glaucoma, uveitis and IP. Publications include articles on paediatric contact lens fitting, management of keratoconus, and systemic associations and therapeutic management of uveitis.

Aneel Suri

Aneel Suri

Aneel is currently principal contact lens optometrist and principal cornea and external disease optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has almost 20 years’ experience in all aspects of medical lenses and currently leads in both the corneal and scleral lens clinics.

He brings 15 years’ experience in management of corneal disease within the external disease service. Postgraduate qualifications include independent prescribing and a master’s in clinical optometry. He is actively involved in teaching all aspects of medical lens management and regularly lectures at national and international conferences.

Ashish Chokshi

Ashish Choksi

Ashish joined Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2013 as their first optometry Darzi fellow in clinical leadership, where he worked on projects with a focus on facilitating innovation in healthcare systems and service delivery.

He subsequently worked in several different clinics across the trust, specialising in medical retina. He led MSc level qualifications in medical retina at UCL/Moorfields and developed the first College of Optometrists accredited higher certificate in medical retina.

Alongside his clinical and teaching work, he held various roles in digital health, including as a clinical informatics fellow at UCLP and NHS navigator for the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme.

He is currently the optometry lead for medical retina at Moorfields, co-director of Diopter Eye Clinic, London, and also consults for digital health technology companies.

Daniel Collerton

Daniel Collerton

Daniel Collerton has a longstanding interest in the visual hallucinations which occur in eye disease and other clinical disorders, as well as occasionally in everyday life.

He was a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS for 20 years and is an honorary visiting researcher at Newcastle University.

He has co-authored over 50 papers on visual hallucinations including some of the seminal papers in the field.

Jessica Corrie

Jessica Corrie

Jessica studied at The University of Manchester and graduated in 2016, completing her pre-registration year at St James's University Hospital, Leeds and has been employed as an optometrist ever since.

She has completed her independent prescribing and professional certificate in glaucoma qualifications and is currently working towards the professional higher certificate in glaucoma to support work in the glaucoma clinics. Most of Jessica’s clinical work involves specialist contact lenses and keratoconus.

Lucy Andrews

Lucy Andrews

Lucy started her career as a pre-reg optometrist at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, continuing to work there after qualification and then as a specialist optometrist.

She moved back to the North West in 2018 and is currently the lead optometrist at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral. Lucy has worked in a wide variety of core and extended role clinics during her career but is currently involved mainly in glaucoma and paediatrics.

Jason Jedlicka

Dr Jason Jedlicka

Jason is a professor at the Indiana University School of Optometry and the director of the Cornea and Contact Lens Service. He is a diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry's Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies Section, a past-president of the Scleral Lens Education Society, and a fellow and board member of the Contact Lens Society of America.

He has contributed to multiple textbooks as an author on the topic of GP lenses. He was the recipient of the GP Lens Institute practitioner of the year award for 2021 and the Scleral Lens Education Society Scleral practitioner of the year for 2023. He is the co-creator of the Zenlens scleral lens.

Martin Rubinstein

Dr Martin Rubinstein

Martin has many years’ experience working in hospital optometry. Having started his career as a trainee at Cheltenham General Hospital he has worked in seven NHS Trusts. At present, he practises at Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and also has academic appointments as a visiting professor at both Aston University and Leicester University.

Martin has broad experience in several areas of practice with particular clinical and research interests in medical contact lenses, visual impairment and external eye disease and has lectured and published widely in these areas. Throughout his, career he has had the privilege of working at the interface between optometry and ophthalmology with a keen interest in training and education. He has held various appointments with all the UK professional bodies in optometry and also with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Navneet Gupta

Dr Navneet Gupta

Dr Navneet Gupta is an experienced optometrist holding the College of Optometrists’ diploma in independent prescribing and higher certificate in glaucoma. He is currently the education lead for Thea Pharmaceuticals UK. His clinical experience includes working in various hospital eye service clinics providing glaucoma care, post-op cataract care, and supporting ophthalmologists in medical retina and general clinics. He has also worked in primary care and refractive surgery clinics.

Nepur Patel

Nepur Patel

Nepur completed her optometry degree at the University of Auckland. She is currently principal optometrist for the adnexal (oculoplastic) service at Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road and is currently completing her MSc in optometry and ophthalmology.

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Dr Nima Ghadiri

Nima is a consultant medical ophthalmologist and honorary senior clinical lecturer based in Liverpool University Hospitals. He graduated in medicine from the University of Cambridge, and trained in Cambridge, Norwich and London.

Medical ophthalmology is a small and unique interdisciplinary speciality concerned with the diagnosis and management of eye disorders relating to systemic disease, as well as the medical management of eye disorders. This requires expertise in both ophthalmology and internal medicine, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to patients and teamwork with colleagues from many different specialities.

This integrative approach to care is reflected in Nima’s interests in the implementation of technology for patient care and education, and art and nature for wellbeing of patients and staff. His clinical focus is on eye inflammation and is part of the uveitis national clinical study group and the WHO technical working group for uveitis.

Nima is also a teaching fellow of the higher education academy and is particularly interested in the implementation of immersive technologies for medical education, together with the context of history in medical practice.

Nita Odedra

Nita Odedra

Nita is an optometrist with 30 years’ experience in primary and secondary eye care, the voluntary sector and academia, both in UK and abroad.

She is an independent prescriber, holds a diploma in glaucoma and has a master’s in public health.

Currently, she works as advanced ophthalmic practitioner at Leicester Royal Infirmary with the delivery of emergency and urgent care clinics. As part of her role, she has helped to set up and deliver a one-stop blurred disc margin service.

Paddy Gunn

Dr Paddy Gunn

Paddy is lead optometrist for education and training at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, honorary lecturer in optometry at The University of Manchester and co-lead of both establishments’ joint professional certificate in glaucoma.

He has achieved the College of Optometrists’ diplomas in glaucoma and independent prescribing and is an examiner for the College of Optometrists. As well as being a practising hospital optometrist specialising in glaucoma and delivering laser procedures, Paddy is involved in glaucoma related research.

Paddy represents Manchester Royal Eye Hospital on Manchester, Salford and Trafford Local Optical Committee and works in primary care at an independent optometry practice.

Polly Murch

Polly Murch

Polly completed her pre-reg at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire in 2014 before moving back to her hometown of Nottingham where she joined the Queens Medical Centre as a newly qualified optometrist and is now the clinical lead for optometry.

Eye casualty is one of Polly’s primary interests which is supported by her independent prescribing qualification that she gained in April 2022.

Robert Harper

Dr Robert Harper

Robert is a consultant optometrist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, honorary professor of optometry in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester and visiting professor in optometry at City, University of London.

Robert is a clinical academic with a role encompassing clinical work, audit, teaching, research and wider professional engagement. His main areas of clinical and research interest include glaucoma, diagnostic test evaluation, low vision rehabilitation and evaluation of optometry care pathways.

He has secured external grant funding for numerous projects and authored ~100 peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature. In 2015 he was awarded life fellowship of the College of Optometrists for his contribution to the optometric profession. In 2017 and 2022 he was the hospital optometry representative on the NICE glaucoma guideline committee, and between 2020-2023 served on the council of the College of Optometrists.

Rupal Lovell Patel

Rupal Lovell-Patel

Rupal is deputy associate dean within the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire. She is also a practising High Street optometrist.

After graduating from the University of Bradford, she returned to academia in Bradford as a clinical demonstrator where she was involved in teaching investigate techniques as well as supervising in the clinics.

In 2002, Rupal moved to Cambridge to join Anglia Ruskin University where she was a principal lecturer and director of clinics until 2018. Alongside her teaching and management roles within the university, she is a College of Optometrists’ examiner for the final assessment of the scheme for registration (OSCE) and a member of the OSCE development group.

She is a principal fellow for the Higher Education Academy, liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and president elect of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics.

Rupal is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry as well as the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. She is chair of the East Anglia Local Eye Health Network and optometry adviser for NHS England, East Region.

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Saira Yasin

Saira is an optometrist working at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Having graduated from City, University of London in 2020, Saira began her training at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital starting off in core services, low vision and paediatric clinics. She completed the professional certificate in medical retina then began working in the macular treatment centre and has since been involved in widefield OCT angiography research.
Sarah Farrant

Sarah Farrant

Sarah runs two independent practices in Somerset alongside her optometrist husband, Ed, with specialties in ocular pathology, dry eye and myopia management. Sarah is a leading expert in therapeutics and dry eye management and represents the UK as an ambassador for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS). She is a consultant to numerous ophthalmic companies and is president-elect of the British Contact Lens Association.

Shreeti Lakhani

Shreeti Lakhani

Shreeti is currently consultant optometrist for the contact lens service at Moorfields Eye Hospital where she has worked for over 10 years. She has experience in both hospital and private contact lens practice having previously worked at Oxford Eye Hospital and in an independent practice in Oxfordshire.

Shreeti has a specialist interest in designing RGP corneal lenses, sclerals lenses and paediatric contact lenses. She has a diploma in clinical optometry, is an independent prescriber and is a pre-registration supervisor. She also works as an extended role optometrist in the A&E department at Moorfields.

Sophie Harper

Sophie Harper

Sophie has worked in the hospital eye service for over 30 years and currently works at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. She has a specialist interest in corneal conditions, including keratoconus. Sophie also works in core optometry, fitting medical contact lenses and works in the emergency eye department.

She qualified as an independent prescriber in 2013. Sophie was lead assessor for the College of Optometrists’ scheme for registration for nearly five years and continues as an assessor in the Northwest and as a College examiner. She is also module lead for independent prescribing at Cardiff University.

Thom Hamper

Thom Hamper

Thom is now in his 12th year at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and has developed interests in specialist contact lens supply, cornea and medical retina. He has recently joined the hospital’s team of comprehensive care clinicians and has sat on the AOP’s hospital optometrists committee for two terms.

Tricia Douglas

Tricia Douglas

Tricia has worked in both independent and multiple practices, initially in Lancashire. Her hospital work began when she moved back to Northern Ireland within diabetic eye screening and expanded her role to include paediatrics, low vision and contact lenses. She was also a joint coordinator for the LiGHT research trial at Belfast.

Tricia holds a professional certificate in glaucoma and an MSc in clinical visual science. Since 2014, she has been employed as a specialist optometrist within the macular service in Belfast, and in 2020, obtained a further position as a specialist optometrist within the glaucoma service.

Usha Halai

Usha Halai

Usha is principal optometrist and glaucoma virtual lead at Moorfields Eye Hospital where she as worked since 2008.

She obtained an MSc in clinical ophthalmology in 2012, a diploma in therapeutics in 2013 and a diploma in glaucoma in 2021.

Her special interests are glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology and paediatrics. She also enjoys teaching and examining for the diploma of glaucoma in conjunction with Moorfields Eye Hospital and the University College London.

Will Holmes

Will Holmes

Will is a senior lecturer in optometry at The University of Manchester. He has taught optometry students for over 18 years at all levels of the degree programme. He holds a postgraduate certificate in medical education and is principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

From 2016-2021 he was optometry programme director. He has co-edited a special issue of Optometry in Practice on education and advised the GOC on UK outcomes for optometry. He is immediate past chair of the Optometry Schools Council and deputy chair of the QAA benchmark statement review panel for optometry.

Yetunde Obadeyi

Yetunde Obadeyi

Yetunde completed her optometry degree at Cardiff University and undertook her pre-registration training at Moorfields Eye Hospital. She is currently a consultant optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and joint head of the contact lens service.

Yetunde was awarded an MSc with distinction in clinical optometry from City, University of London and holds diplomas in independent prescribing and glaucoma. She has extensive experience in all aspects of medical contact lens management with a special interest in complex paediatric medical contact lens fitting and management. Yetunde is also a supervisor for pre-registration trainees.

Please see below a list of all the lectures which will take place in the main plenary room. All delegates will be able to attend these lectures, there is no need to select these sessions as part of the booking process.

Saturday 21 September - Day 1

9.00am - Short paper presentations – session 1

This session comprises a series of short paper presentations providing delegates with an update across a broad range of clinical topics.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will update their knowledge across a range of clinical themes.

CPD points: 1

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Domains: Clinical practice

10.10am Eye disease and visual hallucinations

Visual hallucinations of different types are common in eye disease, where they are sometimes labelled as the Charles Bonnet syndrome, but also occur in a number of other disorders.

This lecture will review the epidemiology, phenomenology, and impact of visual hallucinations and their association with eye disease before moving on to clinical guides for identification and management.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will be able to help patients understand the origin of and how to manage visual hallucinations, relative to their scope of practice
  • Practitioners will identify the association between visual hallucinations and eye disease and recognise strategies for clinical management, relative to their scope of practice.

Speaker: Daniel Collerton

CPD points: 1

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Domains: Communication, Clinical practice

11.30am - How do you know Messi is a good footballer? An introduction to entrustable professional activities

A common way of deciding whether a person is clinically competent is to use a one-off assessment, for example, a circuit of OSCEs. This approach is known as ‘high stakes’ – pass and you are considered competent, fail and you are not. This session will explore an alternative model using ‘entrustable professional activities’ (EPAs). The history of EPAs will be explained along with how they could be used in optometry training and assessment.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will recognise how the model of entrustable professional activities can be used to assess competence.

Speaker: Will Holmes

CPD points: 0.5

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Domains: Leadership and accountabillity

12.00pm Telemedicine

This session will explore the role of telemedicine as part of patient management.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will recognise the role of telemedicine as part of management.

Speaker: Iain Livingstone

CPD points: 1

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Sunday 22 September - Day 2

9.00am - Short paper presentations - session 2

This session comprises a series of short paper presentations providing delegates with an update across a broad range of clinical topics.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will update their knowledge across a range of clinical themes.

CPD points: 1

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Domains: Clinical practice

10.05am - Paul Spry memorial lecture: Glaucoma, optometry, and the interface of primary and secondary care

This lecture will remember Dr Paul Spry and his legacy to the optometry profession and glaucoma, setting out the evolving role of optometry in glaucoma, past, present and future, from the perspective of both primary and secondary care. The challenges and opportunities the glaucoma conundrum presents will be discussed within the context of the optometry profession and its unique placement to enhance both detection and management of this chronic condition.

Learning outcome

  • Optometrists will recognise their evolving role in enhancing the detection and management of glaucoma as part of a multidisciplinary team, relative to their scope of practice.

Speaker: Dr Robert Harper

CPD points: 1

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Specialty optometrist

Domains: Professionalism, Specialty CPD (Specialty optometrist)

11.30am Oculomics

This session will explore the role of oculomics as biomarkers for systemic disease.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will recognise the role of oculomics as biomarkers for systemic disease.

Speaker: Dr Nima Ghadiri

CPD points: 1

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Domains: Clinical practice

Please see below a list of all the CPD workshops listed by the five content streams for this year:

You may select up to four workshops across both days. Attendance at these workshops is optional, if you do not wish to attend any of the available workshops at a particular time, please select the “I do not want to select a session in this time slot” option.

Some peer review sessions are approved for specialty optometrists only. If you are not registered as a specialty optometrist (AS/SP/IP), please do not select these sessions as you will not receive CPD points by attending.

Anterior eye stream

Saturday 21 September, Day 1

Workshop 1: 2pm - 3pm

Discussion workshop: Keratoconus treatment and monitoring

This workshop will cover the management of keratoconus after referral from primary care optometrists, current guidelines for eligibility for collagen cross-linking and risks of treatment versus non-treatment. There will be discussion regarding differing protocols for keratoconus monitoring and the role of virtual clinics, with delegate participation highly encouraged. Examples of detection and progression of keratoconus will be shown using anterior and posterior curvature and thickness maps. Monitoring of pellucid marginal degeneration will also be discussed.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will be able to explain to patients with keratoconus about risks of cross-linking treatment versus non-treatment
  • Practitioners will identify guidelines for cross-linking treatment eligibility for keratoconus and differing protocols for monitoring the condition.

Speakers: Alison Weston and Jessica Corrie

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist

Domains: Communication, Clinical practice

Workshop 2: 3.05pm - 4.05pm

Amniotic membrane transplantation – expanding treatment options for dry eye disease patients

This session will include:

  • An introduction to amniotic membrane – history, background, and method of application
  • Explore potential indications for application in an optometry setting and the literature supporting application into these settings
  • Define the patient selection process for applying amniotic membrane:
    • What clinical markers are you looking for?
    • Where to use amniotic membranes rather than other treatment options
    • How to use amniotic membrane in conjunction with other medical therapies within your practice
  • Considerations for applying amniotic membranes – patient acceptability and patient expectation.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will recognise the role of amniotic membranes in the management of dry eye disease
  • The ability to use up to date evidence-based technology to support knowledge development
  • Identify the specific recommendations that can support and improve adherence to a prescribed dry eye management regimen.

Speaker: Sarah Farrant

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Specialty optometrist, Contact lens optician

Domains: Communication, Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Contact lens optician), Specialty CPD (Specialty optometrist)

Workshop 3: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Discussion workshop: Oculoplastics – her eyes lid up

This session will provide delegates with an opportunity to review a range of eyelid disorders and consider the diagnosis and treatment options relative to their scope of practice.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will recognise a range of eyelid disorders and identify management options relative to their scope of practice

Speaker: Nepur Patel

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Specialty optometrist

Domains: Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Specialty optometrist)

Sunday 22 September - Day 2

Workshop 4: 1.45pm - 2.45pm

New GOC education and training requirements: what now for clinical placements?

At the beginning of 2021, the General Optical Council (GOC) published its new requirements for qualifications that lead to registration as an optometrist and dispensing optician. A key change is the requirement that a single entity must be responsible for the delivery of the full route to registration. This means that clinical experience must be embedded within programmes rather than as a ‘pre-reg’ year.

This session will briefly review the process that led to these changes and then outline the three models that have been developed to facilitate the integration of clinical placements (UCLAN/CLiP, NES and Manchester). Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore what this might mean for placements in hospitals.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will recognise their responsibilities for supervising trainees to meet GOC requirements.

Speakers: Will Holmes and Rupal Lovell-Patel

CPD points: 1

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Domains: Leadership and accountability

Contact lenses stream

Saturday 21 September - Day 1

Workshop 1: 2pm - 3pm

Peer review: Contact lenses (advanced level)

This session is aimed at practitioners with subspecialty in contact lenses and will review medical contact lens management options. Cases will cover a range of lens types including RGPs, mini-sclerals, sclerals and specialist soft lenses for managing anterior eye conditions in a secondary care setting.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will identify how to use of medical contact lenses for managing a range of anterior eye conditions.

Speakers: Shreeti Lakhani and Yetunde Obadeyi

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Contact lens optician

Domains: Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Contact lens optician)

Workshop 2: 3.05pm - 4.05pm

Lecture with discussion workshop: Coming in from the fog – streamlining the scleral lens fitting process

Learn how a systematic approach to fitting can efficiently and effectively address challenges faced by existing patients and that sets the stage for new patient fitting success. Gain new tools in the fight against chamber fogging and how corneoscleral shape plays a significant role in evaluation. Reduce chair-time and enhance patient satisfaction despite wait-time and follow-up frequency obstacles when fitting within the structure of the NHS. Discuss highly applicable cases and learn from each other’s shared experiences.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will recognise how corneoscleral shape evaluation affects scleral contact lens fitting decisions and patient outcomes.

Speakers: Dr Jason Jedlicka and Aneel Suri

CPD points: 2

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Contact lens optician

Domains: Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Contact lens optician)

Workshop 3: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Paediatric contact lenses – a guide for beginners

This presentation will review a range of aspects of paediatric contact lens practice for the clinician who has little or no previous experience, including:

  • Perceived challenges associated with paediatric contact lens fitting
  • Conditions in children that might benefit from contact lenses
  • Evidence for fitting children with contact lenses
  • Relevant anterior segment and ocular surface disease in children
  • The safety of contact lenses in children.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will recognise the indications for fitting children with contact lenses, including potential challenges and safety profile.

Speaker: Dr Martin Rubinstein

CPD points: 1

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician, Contact lens optician

Domains: Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Contact lens optician)

Sunday 22 September - Day 2

Workshop 4: 1.45pm - 2.45pm

Peer review: Contact lenses (basic level)

This session is aimed at those who have minimal experience within the subspecialty of contact lenses who feel they would benefit from updating their knowledge on some of the basics. The session will cover a variety of clinical cases that may be encountered in the contact lens clinic.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will consolidate their knowledge on the use of contact lenses for managing a range of different clinical presentations.

Speakers: Matthew Carter and Wing Shing Low

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Contact lens optician

Domains: Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Contact lens optician)

General stream

Saturday 21 September - Day 1

Workshop 1: 2pm - 3pm

Lecture with discussion workshop: Blurred optic disc margins – a headache for optometrists?

This session will be a combination of a lecture and case discussions. The lecture will give an overview of the one-stop blurred disc margin service at Leicester Royal Infirmary and recent results of an audit. The interactive discussion session will include different cases referred as blurred disc margin/suspected swollen discs which represent the differential diagnosis of blurred disc margins. The session will end with summary of the key learning points which will help optometrists detect life- or sight-threatening pathologies and discharge the other benign causes of blurred discs safely and confidently.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will recognise key symptoms that assist with differential diagnosis of blurred optic disc margins
  • Practitioners will identify how to undertake differential diagnosis of blurred optic disc margins and manage the patient accordingly.

Speaker: Nita Odedra

CPD points: 2

Practitioner type: Optometrist

Domains: Communication, Clinical practice

Workshop 2: 3.05pm - 4.05pm

Peer review for general optometrists

Peer review is a great way to share ideas and reflect on different approaches. You will be presented with cases to discuss in small groups with your peers. Delegates will benefit from hearing different approaches to managing clinical situations from their peers and recognising the importance of reflection on current and future practice.

CPD points: 3

Workshop 3: 16:30 - 17:30

Peer review for specialty optometrists (AS/SP/IP): Ocular emergencies

This peer review session will consider the diagnosis and management of a range of ocular emergencies from the perspective of specialty optometrists.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will recognise key symptoms that can assist with the diagnosis of ocular emergencies
  • Practitioners will identify how to manage a range of ocular emergencies relative to their scope of practice.

Note: This peer review is only approved for specialty optometrists. If you are not registered as a specialty optometrist (AS/SP/IP), please do not select these sessions as you will not receive CPD points by attending.

Speakers: Sophie Harper and Thom Hamper

CPD point: 3

Practitioner type: Specialty optometrist

Domains: Communication, Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Specialty optometrist)

Sunday 22 September - Day 2

Workshop 4: 1.45pm - 2.45pm

Peer review for specialty (AS/SP/IP) optometrists: Red eye presentations to the emergency department

This peer review will include a variety of real-life case presentations to the Hospital Eye Service and eye casualty. The cases will be discussed with a particular focus on therapeutic management of red eye conditions by specialty optometrists.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will be able to identify and manage a range of red eye presentations relative to their scope of practice.

Note: This peer review is only approved for specialty optometrists. If you are not registered as a specialty optometrist (AS/SP/IP), please do not select these sessions as you will not receive CPD points by attending.

Speakers: Lucy Andrews and Polly Murch

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Specialty optometrist

Domains: Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Specialty optometrist)

Glaucoma stream

Saturday 21 September - Day 1

Workshop 1: 2pm - 3pm

Discussion workshop: Surgical, laser and medical management of glaucoma (advanced level)

This session is aimed at practitioners with subspecialty in glaucoma and will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the medical, laser and surgical management of cases seen in the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital’s glaucoma service. The cases will focus on aspects related to communication and consent, guidance for clinical practice, surgical and clinical care, as well as patient experience. 

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will recognise the importance of obtaining consent for clinical management of glaucoma
  • Practitioners will identify treatment options for a range of glaucoma cases relative to their scope of practice.

Speaker: Dr Paddy Gunn

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Specialty optometrist

Domains: Communication, Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Specialty optometrist)

Workshop 2: 3.05pm - 4.05pm

Discussion workshop: Glaucoma – confidence in prescribing and assessing

This workshop will present cases on the topic of glaucoma, ocular hypertension and related conditions. It is designed to help delegates interpret clinical information to ensure appropriate further tests, diagnoses and management are undertaken; understand risk factors and treatment decisions based on clinical findings; and understand medication side effects, including the ocular surface, and implications for other treatments, relative to scope of practice.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will be able to explain to patients with glaucoma, ocular hypertension, and related conditions the investigations necessary and the nature of the treatments offered, to effectively manage their condition
  • Practitioners will be able to describe current good practice for the appropriate investigation and management of glaucoma, ocular hypertension, and related conditions, taking account of clinical research and a patient’s clinical status.

Speaker: Dr Navneet Gupta

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Specialty optometrist

Domains: Communication, Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Specialty optometrist)

Workshop 3: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Peer review for specialty optometrists (AS/SP/IP): Glaucoma (advanced level)

This session will provide a range of glaucoma-themed cases directed for specialty optometrists. Delegates will discuss practices, clinical decision making, diagnosis and management.

Learning outcomes

Practitioners will identify how to manage a range of glaucoma cases relative to their scope of practice.

Note: This peer review is only approved for specialty optometrists. If you are not registered as a specialty optometrist (AS/SP/IP), please do not select these sessions as you will not receive CPD points by attending.

Speaker: Usha Halai

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Specialty optometrist

Domains: Clinical practice, Specialty CPD (Specialty optometrist)

Sunday 22 September - Day 2

Workshop 4: 1.45pm - 2.45pm

Peer review for general optometrists: Glaucoma (basic level)

This session will provide a range of glaucoma-themed cases directed for general optometrists without subspecialty in glaucoma. Delegates will discuss practices, clinical decision making, diagnosis and management.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will identify how to manage a range of glaucoma cases relative to their scope of practice.

Speaker: Usha Halai

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist

Domains: Clinical practice

Medical retina stream

Saturday 21 September - Day 1

Workshop 1: 2pm - 3pm

Lecture with discussion workshop: A wide view over the horizon – widefield OCT angiography

This session will explore the research and clinical opportunities that have become possible with the advent of widefield optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A). The advancement of standard OCT-A imaging with a wider field of view has exponentially increased the potential use of this technology to include much more of the retina that is commonly affected by vascular disease.

The session will discuss the principles of widefield 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. Examples of clinical cases where its use has been instrumental in management will be presented. Research potential and example projects involving this technology and the implications for future research and clinical practice will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

  • Practitioners will be able to explain the benefits of widefield OCT-A to patients
  • Practitioners will identify the clinical applications of widefield OCT-A for diagnosis and management of retinal disease.

Speaker: Saira Yasin

CPD points: 2

Practitioner type: Optometrist

Domains: Communication, Clinical practice

Workshop 2: 3.05pm - 4.05pm

Peer review for general optometrists: Medical retina (basic level)

This session is aimed at those who have little, if any, experience within the subspecialty of medical retina. You will be presented with a range of cases to discuss in small groups with your peers. Delegates will benefit from hearing different approaches to managing clinical situations from their peers and recognising the importance of reflection on current and future practice.

CPD points: 3

Workshop 3: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Peer review for general optometrists: Medical retina (basic level)

This session is aimed at those who have little, if any, experience within the subspecialty of medical retina; those who may work within a primary care setting, or simply feel they would benefit from a brush-up on some of the basics. The session will cover a variety of real-life cases illustrating some of the mixed-bag conditions which may be encountered in medical retina.

Learning outcomes

  • Optometrists will recognise the clinical characteristics of a range of medical retina conditions to aid patient management
  • Dispensing opticians will recognise the clinical characteristics of a range of medical retina conditions.

Speaker: Tricia Douglas

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist, Dispensing optician

Domains: Clinical practice

Sunday 22 September - Day 2

Workshop 4: 1.45pm - 2.45pm

Peer review for general optometrists: Medical retina (advanced level)

This peer review session will go through several medical retina cases, from diagnosis through to management. These are set to an advanced level for optometrists to develop their skills at interpreting clinical information and managing complex medical retina conditions.

Learning outcome

  • Practitioners will identify how to manage a range of medical retina cases relative to their scope of practice.

Speaker: Ashish Chokshi

CPD points: 3

Practitioner type: Optometrist

Domains: Clinical practice

Address

Emirates Old Trafford
Talbot Road
Manchester M16 0PX

Location

The Emirates Old Trafford is located 3.5 miles from Manchester Piccadilly train station and 0.5 miles from the conveniently located Old Trafford Tram Stop. The conference will take place within The Point Building.

Accommodation

Full conference tickets include single occupancy accommodation including breakfast for Friday 20 September and Saturday 21 September (check out Sunday 22 September).

Conference delegates will be staying at either of the hotels listed below.

Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford
Talbot Road
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 0PX

AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays 
17-19 Trafford Road  
Salford 
Manchester  
M5 3AW  

Delegates will not be able to request their preferred hotel. Rooms will be allocated by the AOP based on booking date. The AOP will confirm which hotel guests have been allocated to nearer to the event.

Transport to Emirates Old Trafford

By train - Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate Castlefield and Victoria all have access to tram stops, which will take you directly to the venue.

By Metrolink Tram – The nearest tram stop is Old Trafford which is a 10-minute walk from the venue. Metrolink trams run every few minutes so you don’t need a timetable, you can travel anytime from early morning until late in the evening.

Remember to buy your tickets before you board. You can also pay as you go by touching in and touching out at a smart reader on-stop, using your contactless payment card or device.

By Metroshuffle - A free shuttle bus service, provided by Transport for Greater Manchester, links the main train stations, car parks, shopping areas and businesses in Manchester city centre. There are three circular routes to choose from so just hop on and off as often as you like.

Transport to AC Hotel from Emirates Old Trafford

By car – The AC Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the Emirates Old Trafford.

Walking – The AC Hotel is a 30-minute walk from Emirates Old Trafford.

Parking at Emirates Old Trafford

All guests are welcome to park within the Emirates Old Trafford car park for free. You may also leave your vehicles overnight in the car park (this also applies for guests staying at the AC Hotel).

Vehicle entry gates to Emirates Old Trafford are located on both Talbot Road and Great Stone Road.

Parking at the AC Hotel

The cost to park at the AC Hotel is £12 for 24 hours.

Headline sponsor: Bausch + Lomb

Bausch and lomb logoAt Bausch + Lomb we’ve been solely focused on the care of the world’s eyes for 170 years.

As one of the best-known and most respected eye care brands in the world, we have a responsibility to meet the needs of patients and eye care professionals.

With a clear focus on innovation, quality and expert craftsmanship and a belief in advancing eye health, our mission is simple but powerful: Helping you see better, to live better.

Over its long history, Bausch + Lomb has become a global hallmark for innovation and quality with the introduction of revolutionary new contact lens and lens care technologies and innovative materials. Our contact lens offering spans the entire spectrum of wearing modalities and includes well-known brand names such as Bausch + Lomb ULTRA® ONE DAY, Bausch + Lomb ULTRA,® Biotrue® ONEday, PureVision,® SofLens® and Zenlens.™ Our lens care products include Biotrue,® ReNu® and Boston® brands.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/bausch-lomb-uk/ 
Twitter: Bausch+LombUK (@BauschLombUK) / Twitter

Cantor and Nissel  

Cantor logoIn 2024, Cantor and Nissel commemorate their 60th anniversary in custom contact lens manufacturing. Their offerings include soft and RGP lenses, as well as natural-looking irises for prosthetic use, paediatric lenses, and high-plus bandage lenses. Achieving the UKCA mark, they provide specialized lenses with confidence for procurement departments.  

Northern Lenses

Northern Lenses logoEst 1993 (Valentines Day) and manufacturer of RGP lenses only, are the UK supplier for “Wave Contact Lenses” www.wavecontactlenses.com

Using Data from Eaglet-Pentacam – Keratograph – Medmont – Keratron topographers allows the design of bespoke Contact lenses.

Also able to supply 20 x 16mm lenses designed within Wave Software allows “Lens on eye” and adjust within wave software. Allowing full adjustment for apical clearance – alignment angle – limbal clearance, all quad specific. Able to supply corneal lenses to your specification too.

Optelec

Optelec logo

Optelec are one of the UK’s largest manufacturers in assistive technology.

We are proud to be the UK’s distributor for Schweizer low vision products, amongst being part of the Vispero Group. With having many brands under our belt such as Freedom Scientific, Optelec, Schweizer and the Paciello Group, thus giving us a long history in providing and developing innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals.

Our products are designed to help people live a more independent and full life, allowing them to stay connected with the ever-evolving world, their work, hobbies, families and much more.

Menicon

Menicon logoMenicon is one of the world’s largest suppliers of contact lenses. Established over seven decades ago, and with a presence in over 80 countries, we know how precious healthy eyes are - they are vital learning tools and wonderful memory-makers.

Our investment in innovation and technology, and our precision craftsmanship approach to lens design and quality, prioritises eye health and vision.

Associated Optical

Associated OpticalSince 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 their key manufacturers and education team, they aim to inspire their customers to further improve people’s lives using patient-centred optical solutions. 

Key brands include Eschenbach Optik, Ocutech & LiveEyewear Cocoons LV Shields. 

Education and development are at the core of Associated Optical’s Ethos and through the delivery of CPD accredited content which includes the highly successful one day event ‘Magnification – From Low Vison to Easy Vision’, Associated Optical continues to support the optical industry in the pursuit of further enhancing patient care. 

Théa Pharmaceuticals

Thea logo

For the last 150 years, Théa have been pioneers in Ophthalmology. This year Théa celebrate their 30 year birthday of the company in its’ current format.

By developing treatments, providing information and sharing knowledge with specialists around the world, we enable everyone to keep their eyes wide open. As part of this ethos we launch our Théa 2024 programme of events. This educational programme consists of a number of educational resources in multiple formats throughout your professional journey. 

Théa. Let’s open our eyes.

NuVision Biotherapies

nu vision logoNuVision Biotherapies manufactures Tereo processed human amniotic membrane, called Omnigen. Omnigen can be applied to the ocular surface to support healing, minimise inflammation and reduce pain.

Amniotic membrane historically has only been available in a surgical setting as it required sutures to be secured, but NuVision developed OmniLenz, a specially modified bandage contact lens designed to apply and hold Omnigen on the eye. Omnigen-OmniLenz can be applied in a simple 4-6-minute procedure in an outpatient, non-surgical setting, allowing Optometrists access to amniotic membrane. Opening the breadth and availability of amniotic membrane treatment for patients with ocular surface destabilisation. 

ZEISS

Zeiss logo
ZEISS provide complete solutions to diagnose, manage, and treat ophthalmic diseases. From state-of-the-art technology to cutting-edge data management, the extensive ZEISS portfolio offers full workflows for Retina, Glaucoma, Cataract & Corneal Refractive cases.

Moorfields Education

Moorfields EducationMoorfields Education is part of the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital and works in partnership with UCL Institute of Ophthalmology to deliver a broad range of short courses and observership programmes that engage people at all stages of their career development.

Our courses and programmes draw upon the expert knowledge of scientists, consultants and clinicians to deliver the latest thinking in ophthalmic practice, and translate this into real-world practices, that improve the outcomes for your patients.

Positive Impact

Positive Impact logoPositive Impact is the UK distributor of the daily disposable NaturalVue® Enhanced 1Day Multifocal contact lenses, licensed for both presbyopia and myopia control, as well as their own Dry Eye Zone® best-in-class portfolio of dry eye treatments, featuring unique alternatives to traditional techniques.

Focussing on the newest addition to their portfolio, the cleadew range of care products for all contact lens types that harnesses the powerful disinfecting efficacy of povidone-iodine. Visit the stand to hear more and collect your free starter pack.

To find out more about Positive Impact’s products and online educational training events, visit www.positiveimpact.co.uk

Tel: 01424 851 375 
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.positiveimpact.co.uk

Ultravision

Ultravision logoUltravision is a leading custom soft lens manufacturer in the optical industry, founded in 1967, specialising in advanced contact lens solutions for a variety of vision needs.

With a commitment to improving visual health, Ultravision designs and manufactures high-quality lenses that cater to conditions such as keratoconus and irregular astigmatism.

Our state-of-the-art products are developed through cutting-edge research and technology, ensuring exceptional comfort and clarity. Ultravision's dedicated team of experts and comprehensive customer support ensure that both practitioners and patients receive the highest level of service. We are passionate about “improving lives, making things clearer”.

I’m no longer able to attend, how can I cancel my booking?

Please email [email protected] if you need to cancel your booking. The team will be able to ensure your cancellation and refund is processed. Please note our event terms and conditions apply to all bookings. Please refer to the ‘transfers & cancellations’ section for more information.

The ticket I would like has sold out, can I join a waiting list?

Yes, please email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. If a place becomes available, a member of the AOP events team will get in touch to notify you. Please note, if you do not claim your spot within 5 working days of being notified, your place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.

How can I view my personalised conference schedule including my workshop selections?

To view your conference schedule, you’ll need to log on to your MyAOP and select the ‘AOP events’ tab. Then under ‘Your upcoming events’ find the Hospital and Specialty Optometrists Conference and click on ‘view booking’. This will display your full conference agenda including the workshops you chose during the booking process.

Can I attend peer reviews for specialty optometrists?

Some peer reviews are only approved for specialty optometrists. If you are not registered as a specialty optometrist (AS/SP/IP) with the GOC, please do not select these sessions as you will not receive CPD points by attending and will take a space that may be needed by another delegate for their specialty peer review requirement.

What is the dress code for the conference and gala dinner?

There is no specific dress code for the conference.

The dress code for the gala dinner on Saturday evening is formal.

Can I leave my car in the Emirates Old Trafford car park overnight?

Yes, you may leave your car overnight at the Emirates Old Trafford without charge. This also applies to those staying at the AC Hotel.

When will I know which hotel I have been allocated to?

Full conference ticket holders will receive an email notifying them of which hotel they have been allocated to a few weeks before the event. Delegates will not be able to choose which hotel they are allocated to and the AOP will not be able to make changes to the allocation.

I am presenting a short paper or poster at the conference; do I need a ticket?

Yes, those selected to present short papers and posters are required to attend the conference and therefore need to book a ticket to participate.

Prices from: Prices from: £310+VAT - £515+VAT Book or join now to attend this event Interactive CPD points (applied for): 18+