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Topcon partners with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital ophthalmologist to deliver elite optometry training at Optrafair 2015


Struggling to get feedback from referrals? Here is your opportunity to gain insight on your cases from one of the world’s leading medical and surgical retina specialists, Professor Paulo Stanga, Consultant Ophthalmologist & Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology and Retinal Regeneration at The University of Manchester. Prof Stanga will be providing the highlight of Topcon’s advanced training modules with CET points for optometrists attending this year’s Optrafair, as part of the company’s Topcon University programme.

As Topcon’s keynote speaker at a live event on the Sunday of the show, Prof Stanga will not only be able to provide you with invaluable information on the interpretation of your OCT and other clinical findings, he will also be able to discuss how such cases are managed in secondary eye care, and given his position at the cutting edge of medical retina research, how management is likely to change in the future.  Prof Stanga’s speech at the event is a significant coup for TOPCON, one of the main education sponsors for Optrafair, to be held on 18-20 April 2015, at the NEC in Birmingham. The company’s dedicated Clinical Affairs Team is also mounting an unrivalled programme of advanced training modules with CET points for optometrists attending this year’s event as part of the company’s Topcon University programme.

One out of four Topcon stands at the NEC event will be dedicated to Topcon University and on-stand “walk in” education sessions within the separate training pods will include: Topography; OCT and Slit Lamp Imaging.

This year’s TOPCON Optrafair educational programme is more comprehensive than ever before and includes the following modules:

  • On-stand interactive workshops, led by Dr Catharine Chisholm, UK and Ireland Clinical Affairs Manager. Clinical Affairs team as well as TU Associates will be intrinsically involved with the on-stand programme. For full programme, who is involved and how to book, please visit
  • Please electronically submit your ambiguous OCT cases for live discussion during a keynote speech by Prof Stanga to be held on the Sunday of the show at 12.30pm, on “Optimising patient referrals using OCT”. During this interactive lecture, Prof Stanga will discuss the OCT interpretation of a range of conditions that are not uncommon in optometric practice, including AMD, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes and vitreomacular traction. He will focus on how OCT findings can be used to determine the urgency of referral and how to minimise unnecessary ones. For instructions on how to export the fundus photos and movie, please read here. Please send your patient cases to


Prof Stanga introduced, amongst others, OCT into the clinical setting in the UK in 1998, Pascal Laser into the EU in 2006 and has also pioneered Swept-Source OCT, having introduced it into the EU in 2012, and Wide-Field imaging and tissue-sparing laser treatment strategies. 

Since 1993, Prof. Stanga has worked in the development and application of new outpatient and surgical therapies and technologies. Current research interests are: vitreo-retinal imaging; laser-tissue interaction; pharmacological, surgical and targeted and sub-threshold laser treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema; development of a novel ultrasound-based vitrector; stem-cell therapy and electronic retinal implants for artificial vision. 

Prof. Stanga has set up and directs an independent Clinical Research Fellowship Programme at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and MVR Lab. The MVR Lab research team focus on developing research and treatment strategies in Medical Retina and Vitreoretinal conditions using the most advanced diagnostic and treatment devices.

Prof. Stanga has received several international accolades, amongst others, the prestigious Achievement Award by American Academy Of Ophthalmology (AAO) for his regular contributions to its Annual Meeting.

He says: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Topcon University on their educational programme at Optrafair and looking forward to discussing the use of world-leading technological innovations as well as some of their interesting patient cases with my optometrist colleagues.”