|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
The sub-specialty sessions taking place this year are;
||Cataract and Refractive Surgery Day
||Emergency Ophthalmology and Primary Care Day
The number of CPD points available on Sub-Specialty
Thursday is 6.
Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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
OBrart. 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
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?
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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This years 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
Professor Esther Hoffmann from University of Mainz will be
discussing her experiences of some of these novel treatments. Organising
ones 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
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.
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.
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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.
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 years Retina