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Eye experts to 'blind date' at 100% Optical

The initiative aims to provide exclusive talks with leading academics while raising money for charity

Eye experts to blinddate at 100 Optical

Members of Fight for Sight’s Speaker Network will take part in a ‘blind date’ initiative which will provide professionals with the opportunity to speak to lecturers exclusively after their talk at 100% Optical next month (ExCeL London, 6–8 February).

All ‘Blind dates’ will last 15 minutes and for every minute visitors will be asked to donate £1 to Fight for Sight.

Members of the network who will be taking part in the initiative include professors Roger Buckley, Barbara Pierscionek, John Marshall, Keith Meek, Harminder Dua and Dr Christos Bergeles.

Lecturer in the department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London, Dr Bergeles will first take to the Equipment hub stage on the Monday (8 February) to discuss microsurgical robots for retinal interventions.

Commenting on his lecture, Dr Bergeles said: “Engineering solutions should not just simplify ophthalmic interventions; they should make impossible interventions possible.

“Research is becoming more pioneering than ever and thanks to funding from Fight for Sight, I’ve been able to carry out vital work. For anyone interested in this particular area, I’ll be happy to discuss this in more detail during the charity’s ‘Blind date’ element.”

Also during the show, Fight for Sight will be encouraging visitors to support its #BlinkWinkThink campaign for a second consecutive year. Practitioners are asked to capture a one-eyed selfie before posting it on social media. They should then nominate friends, family and colleagues to do the same in order to highlight the importance of eye research and donate by texting BWTC16 £3 to 70070.

To book a ‘Blind date’, visit the 100% Optical website.