Sunday 30th June2:00 – 3:00 Love Your OCT: Tips for success Three optometrists from different practices take to the stage to share their OCT stories and experience. This lecture will feature practical tips for implementing OCT into an independent optometry practice including advice on charging, communicating the technology to patients and clinical case studies.3:30 - 4:30 OCT LIVE: retinal disease and referral refinement OCT clinical evaluation will be brought to life with OCT LIVE. You will be guided through the patient journey, from scanning real patients live using the SPECTRALIS OCT in HD on the big screen to interpreting the images and making a decision on patient management. This interactive session challenges the classic case study book format and demonstrates how a multimodal imaging approach can be used in real life to assess the eye.4:30 – 5:30 Lifting the lid on glaucoma Learn how to use OCT parameters to assess a patient’s risk of glaucoma in conjunction with your existing arsenal of diagnostic tests. Discover how OCT can be used to spot the early signs of glaucoma through to how OCT can be used to monitor progression of the disease and referral protocol. In this lecture discussion workshop, you will work through a series of glaucoma case studies in groups and the session will be kept interactive with discussion.Monday 1st July9:00am - 10:00 am Understanding DEWSII approach to Dry Eye Disease IdentificationThe peer discussion will use the DEWSII report and defined process for identifying and managing dry eye disease as the framework for the discussion. We will look at the process up to the point of stage 1 management, use of education and non-prescription approaches. Discussion plan will be as follows:1. Difference in Dry Eye Disease definition from DEWSI to DEWSII - what does this mean?2. Screening Questionnaires - two different dry eye screening questionnaires are recommended, but you only need use one. With both provided to the group, they will discuss why they favour one over the other and the different benefits that they bring3. Diagnostic Homeostasis markers - positive result in questionnaire then needs to be supported by positive confirmation using one of three different homeostasis markers. Non-Invasive Tear Break Up Time (NIBUT), Tearfilm Osmolarity or Ocular Surface Staining. The group will discuss which they favour, how they complete the test competently and consistently.4. Classification and management - two kinds (with a blended third) of dry eye are proposed in the DEWSII study - evaporative, aqueous deficient, and mixed. In this final discussion the group will be encouraged to think about the over the counter products and their relative advantages and disadvantages based on the key lubricant ingredient used - Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Polyethylene Glycol, HP-Guar and Hylaronic Acid10:00am - 11:00am Love at first light or lights out all out!Are lives are full of light, we need it to survive and no one likes being in the dark!This presentation looks at both the visible spectrum and its darker sides.By examining the propagation of light in our everyday lives, its effect on ocular health/ wellbeing looks at lens options available to enhance visual comfort and protection in our everyday lives.11:30am to 12:30pm Contact lens aftercare- the missed opportunityThis discussion workshop will explore pre-prepared cases of patients attending for aftercare or eye examination. Each case highlights a different problem with communication or record keeping that we know can lead to misunderstanding between patient and practitioner and may lead to complications or the patient dropping out of contact lens wear. You will discuss how the communication and record keeping could be improved for each case through sharing best practice approaches and understanding how to best utilise in your practice the latest evidence based research on the topic.2:00pm to 3:00pm Understanding Patient Needs and Regulatory RequirementsA discussion workshop which asks delegates to consider the principle features of a well-planned practice frame selection taking into account different types of patient and their differing needs and the features, benefits and disadvantages to patients of various frame designs and frame materials. Topics will include how to choose (buy) frames to ensure the needs of patients are met, and how to offer frames so that patients are not pre-judged, subject to "forced selling" and are offered informed choice so that they can properly consent to the purchase of spectacles.3:00pm to 3:40pm Celebrating 40 years, but what next for the National Eyecare GroupFollowing a quick look back at what we have achieved in the last 40 years, this session will be looking at the new services that NEG are introducing and give delegates the opportunity to share what they want to see from the group in the future4:00pm to 5:00pm Welcoming new patients via accessibilityJayshree has travelled the length and breadth or England and Scotland with the “seeing beyond the eyes” team and has learned a lot about the challenges that people with visual impairment face on a regular basis.Speaking on a professional viewpoint she has seen that once empowered with knowledge , eye care professionals do want to make their practice more accessible and take up the challenge of providing a more inclusive practice to anyone with a disability. However, what can be done at the coal fact. In our daily working environments?This ONE HOUR WORKSHOP presentation looks at the how we can achieve this in practice? How do we practically offer an accessible service to our patients with a disability?We will talk about what you can do in practice to create a more inclusive environment, look further at providing a better service and leveraging the purple pound.