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Topcon University unveils first National OCT conference

There is a growing understanding that OCT can benefit patients in optometric practice and mastering all facets of OCT will hugely benefit your practice: allowing close monitoring of conditions or more appropriate referral.

Now, for the first time in the UK, there’s a conference that is purely focused on OCT.

The event aims to provide optometrists, be they beginners or established users, with the expertise and know-how to confidently make the most of their investment in OCT.

Keynote speakers, including ophthalmologists from the UK and beyond, will outline the latest clinical evidence demonstrating the importance of OCT in optometry and show attendees:
• The features and benefits of 3D OCT
• How to implement it in their clinical practice
• How to educate patients as to the benefits of OCT screening
• Confident reading of scans
• When to refer and when to manage in-house.

A must-attend for all optometrists, be they expert OCT users or those considering whether they need to invest in OCT for their practice, this event is the first of its kind ever held in the UK. The National OCT Conference will offer a mixture of inspiring lectures, peer reviews, professional networking and hands-on workshops.

The National OCT Conference will be held at Birmingham’s Metropole Hotel on November 22 and 23. 

The conference follows the successful Topcon Educational Symposia series, which attracted in excess of 500 delegates over five months in 13 locations in the UK and Ireland. The national two-day event is to be run by Topcon University and supported by some of the country’s leading ophthalmic clinicians and Topcon University associates. Dr Catharine Chisholm, an ex-President of the British Contact Lens Association, is the Global Lead for Topcon University. Catharine was previously a lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Bradford, preceded by City University, London and has 20 years of experience in academia. Catharine and her team are proud to offer best-in-class clinical training, education and advice to help optometrists unlock the true potential of new technology.

The full educational schedule will be released shortly. The event kicks off on Sunday 22 November at 2pm - buffet lunch served from 1pm - with a full programme of hands-on training and tips from the experts followed by a buffet dinner. After coffee, we will be taking a comedic, but also serious look at visual complications through the eyes of the “Family OCT”.

Monday 23 November’s programme will include a full day of lectures, workshops and peer review sessions, with refreshments and lunch included, finishing off at approximately 5pm.

The cost of the event, including all food and refreshments, is £150 plus VAT (not including hotel accommodation or parking).

The full programme will be released shortly. Places are limited so be sure to reserve yours at