June 22, 2023

The OSA summer meeting brought optical suppliers together at the Belfry from across the supply chain and provided a convivial opportunity to learn more about the trade body’s work on their behalf.

“The OSA has never been busier with the formation of the E-Health Focus Group and the work which is underway with the NHS for a national eye care pathway; a review of courier services; targets for Net Zero in optics; MHRA updates and Transitional arrangements for CE and UKCA marking, plus the interest of the GOC in learning more about the work of optical suppliers,” said OSA Chair, Roy Stoner.

Dr Stephanie Campbell, vice-chair of the E-Health Focus Group gave a presentation on AI and the importance of careful data planning, and asking delegates to consider what form the eyecare system is that we are creating for the next 5-10 years, with opportunities to use AI to achieve the following –

+Early diagnosis

+Rapid access to treatment

+Moderated workload

+Co-ordinated care

+Reduced avoidable sight loss

“With more than half of sight loss in the UK being avoidable we are working towards standardisation and personalisation – the underlying principles of AI,” she said.

A team of OSA golfers put the PGA course to the test, and all delegates enjoyed dinner together at the Warwickshire venue.