New contact lens symposium launched

ABDO and BCLA team up for special event at Manchester conference

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A new contact lens and anterior eye symposium will be held at this year’s Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) conference and exhibition in Manchester. 

ABDO and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) have announced that they will be collaborating on the symposium, which will take place on Sunday, 20 September.

The event will offer 11 CET points and will cover topics including new advances in contact lens comfort, the management of Demodex mites in High Street practice and a spectacles lenses update for contact lens opticians. 

Other topics featuring in the event include the delivery of specialist contact lens services, focusing on patients with early keratoconus, and risk factors for contact lens complications. 

Senior lecturer in optometry at Aston University, Dr Nicola Logan, a convenor of the Myopia Consortium UK and a global authority on myopia management will present the keynote lecture, Myopia control.

ABDO’s head of professional services and international development, Elaine Grisdale, said: “We are delighted to be working with the BCLA to include a symposium specifically focusing on contact lens practice.” 

Ms Grisdale added: “This will provide an opportunity for contact lens opticians and trainee contact lens opticians to broaden their knowledge and will be a great addition to the wider programme on offer at the conference.”

BCLA chief executive, Cheryl Donnelly, said: “The BCLA is thrilled to be working with ABDO to deliver its contact lens and anterior eye conference stream in Manchester. The programme we have developed is focused, clinical, practical and relevant to all. We hope to see as many people as possible there this September.”

The programme will include practical advice on enhancing everyday clinical skills and providing greater confidence in contact lens prescribing.  

For more information, visit the events section on the ABDO website.