Over 200 optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians attended Optical Express’ CET events to hear about the latest technology used in advanced eye surgery procedures.
Attendees at the initial 15-event series heard presentations on femtosecond lasers and modern day intraocular lens designs used in surgery, the dry eye treatment Lipiflow and corneal cross linking for keratoconus.
Practitioners from other multiples, independent practices and the NHS attended the courses.
Participants in the CET programme were given a ‘change a life’ voucher entitling a family member or a friend to a free vision correction, or dry eye procedure at the multiple.
Starting in Glasgow, the lecture and peer review events began in March and toured the UK, visiting cities from Inverness to Southampton and London to Liverpool.
Optical Express’ professional development director, Geraldine Meade (pictured), facilitated the CET courses. Ms Meade said: “The optical industry is very dynamic and with constant developments in technology and practices, keeping on top of your game is more important than ever.
“With Optical Express’ CET programme, optical professionals have access to individuals leading the way in developing and improving refractive surgery that they otherwise may not have.”
Ms Meade added: “The first round of CET events has been very successful and we’ve had some really positive feedback from attendees.
“We have spoken to people across the country working in different environments and received their insight on the industry, which has been just as valuable to us as the training hopefully was for them,” she added.
Looking to the future, Ms Meade said: “As the name suggests, our continuous education and training programme will be updated, developed and delivered again over the coming months.
“We look forward to returning to some of the locations we visited this time around and also expanding the geographical reach and content offered at future events,” she concluded.
The inaugural 15 CET seminars were held in: Glasgow, Birmingham, Exeter, Inverness, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Reading, and Southampton.