February 10, 2024

Ophthalmology’s role at the forefront of many areas of healthcare, providing valuable insights to early disease markers and progression, is to be highlighted on the OSA stand at 100% Optical. Some seven hours of free to attend lectures will provide a vision of the next five years of High Street practice.


A host of highly respected speakers includes Pearse Keane, Professor of Artificial Medical Intelligence and Consultant ophthalmologist at UCL’s Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Professor Keane’s address is expected to be a highlight on Sunday at 1pm when he will share his views on the advances and application of AI in eyecare.

Oculomics is a similarly anticipated lecture addressing what the eye can reveal about systemic and chronic disease – to be delivered by Senior Research Scientist, Dr Alistair Bounds and Retinal Imaging Scientist, Dr Emily Patterson. They will explore how non-invasive, cost effective, screening can establish key associations between structural biomarkers in the eye and systemic disease on Monday at 11.30am.


Underpinning much of this research, and insight, is the effective use of ultra-widefield and confocal retinal imaging, OCT and angiography. Optometrists Shail Patel and Ivan Cammack will be examining the impact that the optometrist can bring to disease monitoring, particularly with geographic atrophy, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy on Saturday from 1pm.


Avoiding sight loss with effective diabetic retinopathy screening has huge value at a stage when the disease can be treated. AI automated systems can be used for this but are currently not widely employed. This session will explore the sensitivity and specificity performance of an AI software system for detecting diabetic retinopathy according to national protocols as the reference standard. Sunday at 3.45pm, by Mark van Grinsven.


On the disease front, ophthalmologist and chemist, Peter Pham will be exploring the role of sugars in inflammation and the underlying biology and biochemistry on Saturday at 11.30am.


The myopia epidemic, and the importance of elevating awareness amongst parents and encouraging their engagement, is the focus for the lecture by Jason Higginbotham on Sunday at 11.30am.

Moving to the business of specs, lens manufacturing and glazing takes centre stage on Sunday at 10.15am when Andy Sanders will deliver a lecture likely to be of interest to the whole practice team, with insights from a modern lab and what can now be achieved for patients.


Again, for the whole practice team, having a more sustainable business is the focus on Sunday at 2.15pm when environmentalist Andrew Clark will speak about the dangers of doing nothing, and what is achievable in terms of net zero carbon and plastic reduction targets.



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