A feast of shows

With a wealth of optical shows to choose from, the OT  team has been gobbling up great content

People at a show

"You just had to be there...” It’s a refrain that we have all heard before when someone is trying to share a story, an anecdote, a joke – but can’t quite capture the essence of the moment.

Over the last three months, the optics calendar has looked as busy as ever, and while few practitioners would have the ability to attend every show, OT has been spoilt for choice. From the business insights at the Optix User Group meeting at Celtic Manor, to the all-out extravaganza of Vision Expo East in New York City, the challenge has been to pick out the best stories from a rich crop of content gleaned for speakers, exhibitors and delegates.

This week OT has been sharing clinical insights from Optometry Tomorrow (18–19 March). Highlights from the programme included an assessment of the “seven deadly sins” of glaucoma diagnosis by consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Dr John Salmon, and consultant ophthalmologist, Omar Mahroo’s reminder to practitioners about the potential eye health risks of hydroxychloroquine. 

Myopia remains a firm topic of conversation, and delegates heard Aston University senior lecturer and regular OT contributor, Dr Nicola Logan, set out myopia management research, including the finding that suggests children have higher contact lens compliance rates than teenagers.

Look out for OT’s upcoming May edition, where the team will explore the world of contact lenses in more detail, including an assessment of market penetration rates across Europe, along with technology developments in smart contact lenses.

And for those optometrists who are working towards their therapeutics qualification, considering the independent prescriber route, or looking to make better use of the existing core competencies, remember to book on to the AOP’s new Therapeutics Manchester event. Taking place at Hilton Manchester Airport Hotel on 24 June, the conference will offer attendees up to 12 interactive CET points.

In the meantime, the OT team will be at Optrafair in Birmingham (14–16 April). Please pop by and let us know your thoughts on OT and ideas you’d like us to write about – we are on Stand G32.

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