PACing it out

The Professional Advancement Conference (PAC) will feature introductory optical coherence tomography (OCT) sessions and the chance to earn up to 16 CET points

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The Specsavers-hosted Professional Advancement Conference (PAC), which takes place on 8 October at the ICC, Birmingham, will feature three ‘introduction to OCT’ sessions with Specsavers Brighton optometry director, Mike Horler, and suppliers.

The format of the sessions will be a demonstration where patients will be scanned, and then delegates will discuss the scans, Mr Horler told OT.

As well as the introductory sessions, Mr Horler will host a series of interactive discussion workshops during the afternoon in hall 11 on OCT cases from practice. There will also be OCT drop-in sessions throughout the day at the event.

During PAC, more than 70 CET points will be on offer, a maximum of 16 points per delegate. The event is open to all optometrists, qualified and trainee dispensing opticians, and contact lens opticians regardless of who they work for.

The conference programme also features workshops, peer discussions and lectures on topics such as glaucoma examination, cataract follow-up, dry eye and public health.

The optometrist track lecture programme includes consultant ophthalmologist, Jeremy Diamond, who will speak about post-surgical glaucoma complications. Head of optometry development, Kiki Soteri, will host a peer discussion on visual disturbance, and Newmedica’s Tim Manners will lead a discussion workshop on optic disc analysis.

The dispensing track programme features a discussion workshop with Professor Stephen Parrish and Dr Anna Kwartz, called Vision for life. Rakesh Kappor and Kamlesh Gohil will host a peer discussion called Last impressions count.

Contact lens manufacturer Mark’ennovy will be in attendance to discuss case studies in fitting customer soft contact lenses, and Professor Christine Purslow will host the British Contact Lens Association-sponsored dry eye discussion workshop.

On the trainee dispensing optician (TDO) track, programme are sessions on progressive power lenses measurement and TDO portfolio hints and tips.

A workshop on the history and symptoms in a glaucoma examination will take place as part of the ophthalmology track, which also includes a by-invitation only Newmedica meeting.

Bookings for the event are open now. Tickets are available from £75 and further information can be found on the PAC website.