A total of 96.5 hours of education was designed and delivered by the AOP at 100% Optical, which took place at ExCeL, London on 27–29 January.
The number of delegates who attended sessions increased from 3613 in 2017 to 4393 at the 2018 show, of which 2761 were AOP members.
The AOP’s head of education, Dr Ian Beasley, said: “This year’s event surpassed expectations with record delegate attendance at the AOP-commissioned education programme over all three days.”
“There’s been a palpable shift in the feel of the event this year,” he told OT on the final day of the show. “Sessions have been full to capacity with practitioners from all modes of practice eager to hear updates on latest clinical research outcomes, technology updates and refresh skills across a broad range of core competencies,” Dr Beasley shared.
He added that plans are already underway to evolve the event in 2019.
60 lectures, 19 workshops, 20 peer discussions and four hybrid lectures were delivered over the three days of the event, with practitioners encouraged to bring the entire practice team.
There were 65 unique sessions for optometrists with a total of 94 interactive points available, and 51 unique sessions for dispensing opticians with 69 points on offer.
A total of 174 interactive CET points were available across all three days. So far, 5419 CET points have been uploaded to the General Optical Council.