OCT and myopia in spotlight at Topcon National OCT Conference

The March conference marked a return to in-person clinical education following three years affected by COVID-19 restrictions

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Topcon Healthcare celebrated a return to in-person clinical education with its National OCT Conference on 12–13 March.

The division of Topcon Corporation hosted the conference at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, earlier this month, marking a return to in-person clinical education after a three-year gap resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.

The event saw 117 delegates join for education on optical coherence tomography (OCT) and myopia management with more than 30 CPD points on offer.

Nicola Bennett, clinical affairs manager, UK & Ireland, for Topcon Healthcare Great Britain, said: “We’re thrilled that the National OCT Conference has received such resoundingly positive feedback from delegates.”

“It’s clear that our efforts to provide a diverse and inspiring programme, featuring many of the UK’s most esteemed practising clinicians, as well as an unforgettable experience in a beautiful venue, was a real draw for those in the industry,” Bennett added, thanking all who had been part of the conference.

The first day of the conference, ‘OCT-fest’, was opened by Dr Christiana Dinah, consultant ophthalmologist and R&I director at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, who delivered a keynote on OCT and OCT-angiography in diabetic eye disease.

The programme featured nine OCT-related workshops across three tracks, and an opportunity to join a range of clinical case discussions facilitated by Edward Farrant, Andrew Thornton, Maged Nessim, Professor Paulo-Eduardo Stanga and Samer Elsherbiny.

Clinical lectures were delivered by Mr Lorcan Butler, Dr Winfried Amoaku and Professor David Henson, on topics including the latest research in OCT and the diagnosis of papilloedema.

Professor Pearse Keane, consultant ophthalmologist and professor of artificial medical intelligence, gave the closing keynote address, discussing the challenges and opportunities in eye care in the 21st century.

The conference dinner featured an interactive performance by the ‘Drum Waiters.’

The second day of the conference was themed ‘Myopia Monday’, with lectures, panels and case discussion workshops across three tracks.

Speakers included Dr Matilda Biba, who discussed the unexpected role of choroidal thickness in myopia, and Professor James Wolffsohn who spoke on the latest evidence base for myopia management, while Sarah Farrant facilitated a session on using technology to enhance outcomes in specialist clinics.

Two peer reviews were hosted by Dr Keyur Patel and Sarah Farrant, and Danielle Lee, Topcon’s clinical affairs specialist, ran two sessions of the skills track.

Catharine Chisholm chaired the closing panel discussion on how to make myopia management work for you, with Professor James Wolffsohn, Sarah Farrant, and Professor Nick Rumney. The artificial intelligence chatbot, ChatGPT, was a surprise panellist, the company said, and provided “very politically correct answers to the questions posed by the audience.”

Topcon Healthcare Great Britain confirmed that it anticipates hosting more in-person events in 2023, focusing on Low Level Light Therapy and dry eye with Espansione.

Pictured: Professor Pearse Keane giving the closing keynote on day 1 of the National OCT Conference.