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CET points bonanza at the National OCT Conference 2015

CET point bonanza offered by Topcon University to delegates attending the First National OCT conference held in 2015

An unprecedented total of 50 CET points is being offered to attendees of the full two-day programme of the first ever National OCT Conference on November 22nd and 23rd 2015.

Aside from interspersed Keynote Lectures given by some of Europe’s most renowned ophthalmologists, delegates will choose to attend one of five conference streams: Beginners, Intermediate/Advanced, Business, Peer Discussion and Workshop. Each of the smaller streamed sessions are run by acknowledged experts in their field, and are designed to offer optometrists with varied levels of experience - in-depth, practical assistance on optimizing the use of their own OCT. The streamed sessions are designed to benefit all optometrists - whether they are still at the point of considering whether to invest in an OCT and have never used one - as much as seasoned OCT users.

The conference kicks off with a welcome and Keynote Lecture by Professor Paulo Stanga, of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Professor of Ophthalmology and Retinal Regeneration for the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Vision Regeneration (MVR) Lab at NIHR/ Wellcome Trust Manchester CRF. Professor Stanga will give a lecture entitled “The Evolution of OCT”.

Later that day, Professor Heinrich Heimann, Consultant Ophthalmologist from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, will speak on “OCT findings in the differential diagnosis and treatment of retinal and choroidal tumours”.

The following morning, Professor Stanga will give a lecture on the topic of “The macula – an update of current treatment techniques”, followed by Professor of Ophthalmology at Tanta University, Egypt, Magdy Moussa, who will lecture on “OCT in high myopia”.

The event will close with a lecture by Dr Pearse Keane, NIHR Clinician Scientist at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, who will speak on the topic of “Novel applications of Swept Source OCT for the diagnosis and monitoring of retinal disease”.

Other renowned experts leading streamed sessions include:

Professor Stephen Vernon, Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Hospital, Nottingham, who will speak on 'The Value of OCT in chronic glaucoma diagnosis and monitoring'. Professor Vernon is best known for his prolific research papers and lectures on glaucoma – he was one of the early pioneers of glaucoma shared care in the UK.

Mr Nigel Davies, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust. Dr Davies’s specialist interest is retinal disease, principally diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. Dr Davies will speak about diabetes detection and management with OCT.

Professor James Wolffsohn, Deputy Executive Dean, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University, is one of the UK’s most prolific and well-respected optometric and ophthalmic equipment researchers. Professor Wolffsohn will give a lecture on the value of anterior segment OCT.

Dr Scott Mackie, Dispensing Optician and Optometrist, Dr Mackie is a perennially popular trainer and educator - his Eyecare 3000 programme has become the largest 2-day CET course in the UK, training more than 5500 Optometrists over 15 years. Dr Mackie will lead the Peer Discussion stream, covering common and unusual OCT pathologies.

Nicholas Rumney, Chairman, BBR Optometry, Hereford, is a Founder Member of the European Academy of Optometry & Optics. He will be speaking about using OCT for glaucoma detection and management. He will also host a business seminar on how OCT works in practice.


The full conference programme for the event, to be held at the Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, is now online at In order to book onto any of the CET sessions you must be registered to attend the conference. Priority will be given to delegates already registered to attend the conference.


The cost of the event, including all food and refreshments, is £150 plus VAT (not including hotel accommodation or parking). All lectures are included in the conference fee. Peer discussion sessions and all of the workshops will be £15 each.