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First two-day contact lens workshops event launched at City

Event helps practitioners increase confidence in specialised areas of practice

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

To celebrate the introduction of specialised clinics in dry eye management and myopia research, staff from the Division of Optometry and Visual Science at City, University of London launched City’s first two-day training event for professionals dedicated to workshops in contact lenses.

Held at City Sight, the university’s cutting-edge optometry clinic, the event that took place on 16 and 17 January 2017 aimed to help practitioners improve their investigative skills and develop specialisms in complex contact lens fittings and dry eye assessment and management.

Throughout the first day, delegates gained hands-on experience inserting and removing mini-scleral and hybrid contact lenses, learnt about the management of complex contact lens cases, gained better understanding of myopia control and orthokeratology, plus spent time improving their communication skills when fitting patients with presbyopia.

On day two, delegates had a chance to try out the latest instruments in dry eye management including the award-nominated BlephEx, TearLab, LipiFlow, and even gave punctum plugging a go. In addition, delegates attended a session on dry eye assessment and were provided with an overview including tips on how to manage these patients in practice.

Optometrists and contact lens opticians were able to receive a total of 34 Continuing Education and Training points. Delegate responses were overwhelmingly positive, and the workshops received excellent feedback:

‘The day was very useful – especially for routine High Street practice. Thank you!’ (delegate)

‘The dry eye day was fantastic! I enjoyed every session’ (delegate)

‘Very useful information- learnt new info, may consider further research into orthok to provide this in practice’ (delegate)

‘Really enjoyed the set up, enjoyed the organisation and support. Very easy day to work with’ (workshop provider)

‘Great opportunity to communicate education to all the delegates. Fantastic support from the City team on the day’ (workshop provider)

The workshops were organised by staff members, Drs Manbir Nagra and Byki Huntjens, along with industry partners including No 7 Contact Lenses, Bausch & Lomb, Scope Ophthalmics, Alcon, Allergan, Tear Science, and Kestrel Ophthalmics.  Additionally, the charity Keratoconus group offered educational material to practitioners as part of the WinC exhibition.

Drs Byki Huntjens and Manbir Nagra said:

“We’ve been delighted with the positive response from delegates and exhibitors.  It’s been a really fun few days, there’s been lots of learning, networking, and the interaction and hands-on experience seems to have given many practitioners increased confidence in specialised areas of practice. We would like to thank all the delegates for attending and all our workshop facilitators for the fantastic sessions. We’re very appreciative to have had the support of the university in this venture and look forward to City WinC 2019.”

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