Eyecare turns 21

The conference and exhibition will celebrate its 21st anniversary in January

Eyecare exhibition

Eyecare will welcome 450 delegates to its two-day conference and exhibition in January when it will celebrate its 21st anniversary.

The show first took place in Glasgow in 1997, making it the longest-running conference and exhibition for eye care practitioners in Scotland, optometrist and Eyecare managing director, Peter Charlesworth, told OT.

To be hosted at Glasgow Hilton, the event will welcome 60 exhibitors alongside a CET programme that offers a total of 135 interactive CET points covering every competency and modality over the two days.

Exhibitors will showcase the latest product innovations and business solutions, with companies such as Optos, Topcon, Scope Opthalmics and Essilor already confirmed.

Mr Charlesworth explained to OT that “Eyecare 2018 plays host to the first Eye News Ophthalmology Symposium on Sunday 21 January. It's the first time, that we know of, where optometrists and ophthalmologists will learn together.”

The Ophthalmology Symposium is designed to attract more ophthalmologists to the conference, and encourage collaboration with optometrists.

Eyecare 2018 will also host more workshops than ever before to allow delegates to interact with peers by talking about and practising clinical skills. A partnership with Storm has been secured that will see the support services company provide a business workshop track for optometrists looking to build their business.

Session highlights so far include: Dry eye: Putting DEWS II into practice with Claire Mallon and Paul Rogers; ophthalmologist, Bal Dhillon will host Managing flashes and floater the easy way; and a therapeutics workshop will be led by independent prescribing optometrist, Malcolm McPherson, and ophthalmologist, Robert Petrarca.

The show’s pre-reg course with mock Objective Structured Clinical Examinations return in conjunction with Optom Academy, who will be offering a discount joining fee of £25.

Eyecare 2018 takes place from 21–22 January. For further information, visit the Eyecare 2018 website

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