An early opportunity: 100% Optical advance bookings open

As the educational programme at 100% Optical 2022 is announced, AOP members have priority access to the first phase of bookings

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Priority booking for the first phase of educational sessions at 100% Optical 2022 has opened exclusively for AOP members ahead of the general release on 25 October.

Developed in collaboration with the AOP, the official education partner for 100% Optical, the “wide-ranging” education programme will cover 10 hubs with more than 130 sessions.

The three-day show, taking place from 22 to 24 January 2022, will see a mixture of lectures, workshops and peer discussions, with content tailored to meet the professional development needs of different practitioner groups.

The education at the show will also provide an early opportunity for practitioners to familiarise themselves with the transition to the General Optical Council’s new CPD scheme, which launches on 1 January 2022.

Dr Ian Beasley, AOP head of education and OT clinical editor, said: “After a year without a face-to-face event, it is clear from pre-event registrations that practitioners are eager to attend in January.

“With the introduction of the GOC’s new CPD scheme in the new year, 100% Optical is the perfect place for registrants to get to grips with the changes and begin to meet the new requirements.”

At the show

The Main Stage at 100% Optical will host a range of keynote speakers, kicking off on 22 January with a session from the AOP’s clinical director, Dr Peter Hampson, and head of clinical negligence, Efa Schmidt. The AOP experts will discuss the implications of retinal imaging and what artificial intelligence may mean for clinical decision making.

For the first time, the event will also feature international speakers live-streamed onto the stage. This will include Professor Eduardo Fernandez, who will present a session titled Towards the development of a cortically-based visual neuroprothesis, and Dr Fernando Albertorio, who will discuss trends in assistive technology for the visually impaired.

A staple of the event, the AOP Lounge will host a series of peer discussions across all three days. The lounge will also welcome content from Johnson & Johnson Vision on January 23, delivered in partnership with the AOP, which will be tailored to different practitioner groups.

Expanding after a successful launch in 2020, the Future Practice Hub will provide four areas of education and CPD content delivered in partnership with a range of exhibitors, while the Dispensing Workshop will see a variety of peer discussions and workshops, including sessions on paediatric dispensing and digital dispensing.

Finally, in the Optical Academy, attendees will be able to gain insight on topics ranging from optical coherence tomography interpretation, to sustainability and managing dry eye, as well as an update on keratoconus diagnosis and treatment.

Further content at the show will include an exploration of the role of social media for practices, and a session on the practical benefits, and myths, around wearing contact lenses.

Visitor registration for the optical event is open. AOP members can access and book sessions on the 100% Optical website.