Annual Congress 2017
22 - 25 May, Liverpool
#RCOphth2017

Sub-Specialty Thursday
The popular sub-specialty day at Congress will be changing again in 2017. Following the successful changes implemented last year with the day being fully incorporated into the main meeting, the sub-specialty day will move this year from the start to the end of the week, taking place on Thursday 25 May 2017.

As the sub-specialty day is now part of the main meeting, reflected by the registration fees and delegate experience, the Thursday of Congress 2017 will have five different sub-specialty days for you to choose from. Delegates are free to move freely between the various sessions and tailor their day accordingly. We will however still ask which sub-specialty day you will be primarily attending on registration, as this helps us with the planning and organisation of the day.

The sub-specialty sessions taking place this year are;

Cataract and Refractive Surgery Day
Emergency Ophthalmology and Primary Care Day
Glaucoma Day
Neuro-Ophthalmology Day
Retina Day

The number of CPD points available on Sub-Specialty Thursday is 6.

Cataract and Refractive Surgery Day

The RCOphth and UKISCRS have collaborated to produce a sub-specialty day in cataract and refractive surgery, chaired by Mr Larry Benjamin and Professor David O’Brart. The morning session covers patient selection for laser refractive surgery and modern techniques as well as what the patients can expect in terms of outcomes. Complications management will then be presented -an important aspect of this surgery for all Ophthalmologists either undertaking laser refractive surgery or who take part in on-call for emergencies and urgent management of such cases.

These topics are important for all corneal practise. The afternoon session will cover up to date biometry issues including post-refractive surgery calculations, and will also present cataract surgical topics such as techniques for CCC, dealing with hard cataracts and how to do an anterior vitrectomy. With a national PC rupture/vitreous loss rate of nearly 2% this will be essential knowledge! Modern phacodynamics and IOL selection (mono v multi v toric and customisation) will also be covered.

This promises to be an informative, lively day of presentations by some of the countries foremost practitioners and marks the start of a productive and educational collaboration between the College and UKISCRS.

Emergency Ophthalmology and Primary Care Day

This session chaired by Miss Seema Verma and Miss Stella Hornby will cover clinical and organisational aspects of emergency and primary care ophthalmology in the UK in this emerging subspecialty.

Clinical tips and pearls on diagnosis and management of urgent eye conditions presenting to eye emergency departments such as ocular trauma, keratitis, endophthalmitis will be discussed as well as acute neuro-ophthalmic problems such as is this optic disc swollen and which patient with a headache or double vision needs a brain scan?

The style will be friendly and interactive and will highlight what to look out for, how to investigate and when to ask for help. This symposium would be relevant to any ophthalmologist who sees eye emergency patients in the community or hospital setting or who does general on call and delegates will be encouraged to join in the discussion with questions or comments from their own experience.

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Glaucoma Day

This year’s Glaucoma sub-specialty day, chaired by Professor Rupert Bourne and Miss Winnie Nolan promises again to deliver practical and cutting-edge approaches to glaucoma care. There will be a focus on existing and new options for surgical and laser treatment of glaucoma with reference to the new evidence base from important novel research trials.

Professor Esther Hoffmann from University of Mainz will be discussing her experiences of some of these novel treatments. Organising one’s own practice and managing the burden of glaucoma are key to delivering high quality cost-effective care that is rewarding to ophthalmologists and we will hear experiences of Professor Anja Tuulonen, President of the European Glaucoma Society in addition to our own national experts in this area.

The use of imaging of the disc, nerve fibre layer and macula for diagnosis and monitoring progression continues to increase yet their application needs to be appropriate and be guided by evidence. Two landmark imaging studies in this area will be presented by their respective Chief Investigators (Azuara-Blanco and Garway-Heath). All in all, this promises to be a very stimulating update and guide to our glaucoma practice, which cannot be missed.

For the full programme details please click here.

Neuro-ophthalmology Day

The Neuro-ophthalmology Subspecialty Day, chaired by Miss Margaret Dayan and Mr Tim Matthews, is suitable for neuro-ophthalmologists, neuro-ophthalmology fellows, and interested general ophthalmologists and trainees.

The aim of the day is to cover areas of Neuro-ophthalmology practice that all of us find challenging and those where practice is changing. The expert speakers from neuro-ophthalmology, neurology and rheumatology will cover advances in aspects of Neuro-ophthalmology practice, difficult dilemmas in everyday Neuro-ophthalmology, Paediatric Neuro-ophthalmology and instructive cases.

Highlights include recent advances in the investigation and management of giant cell arteritis, a counterpoint discussion on the management of idiopathic intracranial hypertension and the management of neuro-ophthalmic conditions related to pregnancy.

For the full programme details please click here.

Retina Day

The Retina Day, chaired by Professor Paulo Stanga and Mr Martin McKibbin, returns to the ACC, Liverpool on Thursday 25 May 2017. There is another exciting programme, with experts from the UK and beyond.

Join us to gain insights into current retinal practice and future developments. The first session focusses on the risk factors for and consequence of progression from early to advanced AMD and current approaches to the diagnosis of both neovascular and atrophic age-related macular degeneration and the. The second session of the morning focusses on diabetic retinopathy and includes presentations in wide-field imaging, OCT angiography, possible effects of therapy of retinal perfusion and treatment strategies for diabetic macular oedema.

The afternoon commences with a session on neonatal and paediatric retinal disease, with presentations on assessment of the neonatal fundus, retinopathy of prematurity and paediatric intra-ocular tumours. This is followed by a session on controversial management issues including the vitreo-macular interface and perforating ocular trauma.

Towards the end of the day, the motion for the Great Debate will be “Combination Therapy is the Best Treatment of DMO”. Late breaking developments will complete this year’s Retina Day.