As the industry counts down to 100% Optical 2020, OT takes a look at what’s on offer through the AOP’s education programme
The education programme at 100% Optical will feature a different keynote speaker on each day of the show when it returns to ExCeL on 25–27 January 2020.
The lunchtime sessions are a new feature of the interactive programme for 2020 and will host high-profile speakers, eminent in their respective fields.
The AOP’s head of education, Dr Ian Beasley, told OT: “It has been a pleasure to once again develop the AOP-led education programme at 100% Optical 2020. As the success of the event continues to grow, we are fortunate in being able to attract a line-up of world class speakers. From high profile keynotes, to small group skills workshops and content for the wider practice team, the 140-plus seminars scheduled over the three days will ensure that there is something for everyone.”
Saturday’s keynote will be delivered on the Main Stage by biophysics professor at Durham University and director of the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, Professor John Girkin. He will present Developing novel ophthalmic instruments, which will look at the development process of novel ophthalmic instrumentation. The talk will focus on ensuring that the instrument delivers the capability and features required in clinical practice.
As the success of the event continues to grow, we are fortunate in being able to attract a line-up of world class speakers
Ophthalmologist at Temple St Children’s Hospital, Ian Flitcroft, will present Sunday’s Main Stage 2020 keynote on Myopia management: putting theory into practice. He will aim to make myopia management sound less complicated and less daunting by promoting the concept of a step-by-step sequence.
On Monday, ophthalmologist and CEO of Peek, Dr Andrew Bastawrous’ keynote will explore the global need to reduce avoidable blindness and highlight how mobile technology can improve eye health outcomes. Watch Dr Bastawrous talk to OT about his session, Vision 2020 and a vision for the future of smart eye health, below.
More Main Stage education
Co-founder of Specsavers, Doug Perkins will outline why optometry must prove its value to the NHS in order to survive and thrive as a healthcare profession. During The future of optometry: partnering with the NHS, the multiple’s group eye health strategy director, Peter Larsen, will explain how this can be achieved and share his experiences from his time in Australia and New Zealand. Director of professional advancement, Paul Morris, will then describe how data can be harnessed to improve clinical outcomes, which can be evidenced to the Government.
When: Saturday, 12:30pm
Consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Melanie Hingorani, director of research at the Institute of Optometry, Professor Bruce Evans, and optometrist at Moorfields, Dr Zahra Jessa will present Referral quality and how to improve it. The trio will discuss research into referrals and how optometrists and ophthalmologists can better work together to improve the quality and appropriateness of referrals.
When: Saturday, 4pm
Cardiff University professor of visual science, Professor Jonathan Erichsen, will present Improving sight tests for infantile nystagmus. This session will look at the latest technology for tracking eye movements and the usefulness of eye movements as a biomarker in neurodegenerative diseases.
When: Monday, 11:15am
Category manager at Transitions Optical, Carly Rocyn-Jones, will present on The next generation in photochromics. She will explore the different types of photochromic lenses and provide an update on the latest innovations, as well as highlighting the importance of light protection.
When: Monday, 12:15pm