Optometrists attending this year’s Professional Advancement Conference (PAC) will benefit from Specsavers’ partnership with Newmedica in the shape of a series of lectures and discussion workshops that will help to close the gap between optometry and ophthalmology in the community.
Europe’s largest optical clinical conference – held in Birmingham’s ICC on Sunday 8 October – is open to all UK optical professionals, regardless of where they work, for the second year in a row.
Paul Morris, Specsavers director of professional advancement, says: ‘This year we are continuing the tradition of having great speakers at the PAC and bringing in the clinical directors from our partner organisation Newmedica.’
‘Our ophthalmology colleagues will help us to deliver a full programme of ophthalmological insight and expertise, from glaucoma to cataracts to ocular surface disease.’
Three of the ophthalmologists speaking are Newmedica directors: Jeremy Diamond, Tim Manners and Nigel Kirkpatrick. They will lecture on post-surgical glaucoma complications, optic disc analysis and post-surgery cataract patient follow-up respectively. There will also be a lecture from consultant ophthalmologist Ian Comaish’s on ocular surface disease.
Paul continues, ‘These sessions form the pathway for knowledge to delivering more ophthalmology-led care in the community and will benefit all who attend whether this opportunity is live in their area or not.’
Optical coherence tomography
In the year that Specsavers has committed to a nationwide rollout, optical coherence tomography (OCT) also has a significant focus at the PAC. Delegates will have the opportunity to see the latest in OCT equipment, with support from attending suppliers, and discuss their equipment and training needs.
There will also be a series of interactive discussions around OCT cases in practice.
The conference is set to be attended by more than 2000 optical professionals, looking to gain up to 16 CET points each. This year will be the largest yet, with the event expanding into all of the ICC, with a combination of workshops and lectures, delivered by surgeons, academics and leading practitioners.
There will be sessions to cover all GOC competencies for all professional groups, including visual disturbances, children’s eyecare, contact lenses and dispensing glasses, safety glasses and sports specs.
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