May 4, 2022

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) for diagnostic technologies were an inspiration for optometrists at 100% Optical, believes the Optical Suppliers’ Association.

Andy Hepworth, Chair of OSA, said the two year gap in trade shows highlighted the significant advances that had been made and were truly inspiring –

“Clinical technology has not stood still for Covid and 100% Optical was a superb opportunity to see the great enhancements to eye health.  The diagnosis and care of patients with macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy was of key interest for many delegates. The future of AI in glaucoma diagnosis was also a talking point amongst OSA members at the show,” said Andy.

The OSA keynote speaker at 100%, Moorfields’ Director Peter Thomas, inspired delegates with his presentation “Transforming Healthcare with AI”.  As Moorfields’ chief clinical information officer his insights into how a world leader in eye heath is using technology – from in-practice to at home with smartphone apps – were of great interest.

“OSA is a meeting place – not just at 100% Optical, but throughout the year – for all aspects of optics.  We were inspired by the passion for innovation shown by so many established and new frame companies.  The stands were a hive of activity and clearly many were keen to get hands on with the latest in frame design.  Lens companies are addressing the issues of life today and the demands that this is placing on vision for all generations were clear with myopia control in children being a particularly strong topic aspect.

“Regulatory developments were also a talking point amongst visitors to the OSA stand. Many of our members were keen to discuss issues that concern them about changes in legislation and at OSA we have a wealth of expertise for optical businesses.  The importance of having a strong trade body was very evident at the show and we were encouraged by a number of businesses looking to join the OSA.  Many thanks to 100% Optical for providing such a superb platform for us all,” he added.