BCLA Myopia Management Day: Friday 29 May

April 23, 2015 Posted by BCLA

 

Global leaders convene to debate myopia management

 

A unique educational event – dedicated to current research, understanding and strategies in the management and control of myopia – will take place at the ACC Liverpool, UK, on Friday 29 May, hosted by the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA).

“With commercial products now in development to specifically address the ‘global epidemic’ of myopia, the BCLA is providing eyecare practitioners with a definitive guide to myopia management in everyday practice,” said BCLA President, Susan Bowers.

“The prevalence of myopia today is such that it is imperative we understand current management strategies, and judge how best to employ these with our own patients,” continued Susan. “Never before have we seen so many global leaders come together in one room to debate the subject; this is a rare and exciting opportunity not to let pass.”

Taking place as a stand-alone event on the first day of the 39th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition (29-31 May), the BCLA Myopia Management Day will be chaired by Professor James Wolffsohn, Professor Brien Holden and Dr Noel Brennan, and will offer attendees the chance to gain up to five CET points.

The programme* includes:

·         ‘Epidemiology and the public health time bomb’ by Ian Flitcroft (UK)

·         ‘The case for spectacle treatments’ by Dr Nicola Logan (UK)

·         ‘Pharmaceutical treatments’ by Dr Janis Orr (UK)

·         ‘Multifocal contact lens treatments’ by Professor Brien Holden (Australia)

·         ‘Orthokeratology treatments’ by Professor Pauline Cho (Hong Kong)

·         'Live ortho-k fitting’ with Shelly Bansal (UK)

·         ‘Risk/benefit analysis: can we afford to do nothing?’ by Kate Gifford (Australia)

·         ‘Review of current practice across the globe: BCLA survey’ by Professor James Wolffsohn (UK)

 

The day will conclude with a panel debate on: ‘Clinical guidelines – what should we do for the person in my chair and what will the future look like?’ Dr Brennan, Professor Pat Caroline (USA) and Clinical Conference keynote speaker, Dr Loretta Szczotka-Flynn (USA), will also join the panel. This will be followed by a Partner Sponsor presentation by CooperVision, after which all delegates are invited to enjoy the BCLA Welcome Reception in the Exhibition Hall at 6pm.

Delegates staying on for the Saturday of the conference will be able to attend a follow-up session to Shelly Bansal’s live ortho-k fitting, entitled ‘The morning after….’ This will take place at 9.30am in Hall 3. There will be a further follow-up on the Sunday at 3pm.

Commenting ahead of the event, presenter Kate Gifford said: “Myopia control is a hot scientific topic, and its translation into clinical practice is fascinating, evolving and challenging. Contact lens options currently have the strongest research results for myopia control, yet the practitioner must balance the risk of intervention with the risks of myopic pathology, which escalate alarmingly with myopia progression.

“Although future cataract, maculopathy and retinal detachment may seem quite distant prospects, the risk comparison to that of contact lens complications is bound to surprise you, and motivate you into determining your approach to myopia management for your paediatric patients,“ Kate added.

Dispensing and contact lens optician, Shelly Bansal, who is also presenting, added: “This is a ‘must attend’ event for every practitioner – optometrists, contact lenses opticians and dispensing opticians – where we can learn how to manage and create strategies to deal with an issue that we are faced with on a day-to-day basis. The exciting and unprecedented programme will provide invaluable insights into myopia control so that we can offer our young patients the best advice and care to safeguard their future.”

The day costs £175 for BCLA members, or £295 for non-members, and includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, exhibition entry and the BCLA welcome drinks reception from 6pm in the exhibition hall.  Delegates may also attend the day as part of their full conference delegate package, for which group booking discounts of up to 20 per cent for 10 or more delegates are available.

Download the latest conference programme, and book your place, at www.bcla.org.uk or via the BCLA mobile app. Paper abstracts will be available ahead of the event from the BCLA app and website.

Delegates looking to stay over in Liverpool are encouraged to use the services of BCLA-appointed agent, the Liverpool Convention Bureau. Email Sarah Maxwell on smaxwell@marketingliverpool.co.uk, telephone on 0151 600 2994 or follow the link from the BCLA Events page, www.bcla.org.uk

* Subject to changes.

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