Conference Speakers

We are delighted to announce that the following speakers will present at this year's conference.

Keynote Speakers

Saturday 5 October

Prof Noel Alpins AM

Keynote Address - From ASSORT to Vector Planning : Everything that You Wanted to Know about Astigmatism and are Now Welcome to Ask!

Professor Noel Alpins’ interest in the challenge of correcting astigmatism led him to develop the internationally renowned Alpins Method for the treatment and analysis of astigmatism. During Saturday’s Keynote Address, Noel will explain how the method of Vector Planning can treat the optimum amount of astigmatism in refractive laser surgery. Noel will demystify the analysis of astigmatic outcomes for incisional, cataract and refractive surgery and explain which options are available to optimise astigmatism treatment in the cataract patient.

Sunday 6 October

Dr Kate Gifford

Keynote Address - OrthoK and Multifocal Contact Lenses for Myopia - Why Binocular Vision Matters

The importance of orthokeratology (OK) for the correction of myopia has been well-documented and the topic continues to occupy a significant position in optometric research. OK has been proven to halt the progression of myopia through reduction of the eye’s axial growth. Kate Gifford will highlight the errors in binocular vision (BV) function that are associated with the development and progression of myopia. Kate will explain the interaction between binocular vision and myopia and proceed to discuss the optical basis of binocular vision changes in myopia controlling contact lenses. She will consider the patient-specific factors in myopia controlling contact lenses by illustrative cases.


Other speakers and topics include...

  • Professor Alex Gentle - Selecting the Appropriate Antibiotic – Topical Issues for Ocular Tissues (T)
  • Dr Maryla Stelmach - Eyelid Reconstructive Surgery
  • Dr Raj Pathmaraj - Glaucoma Treatment : What is on the Horizon? (T)
  • Dr Graham Lakkis - Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A) vs Fluorescein Angiography (FA) (T)
  • Dr Kate Gifford - Myopia Minimisation : Which Approach is Best?
  • Dr Wilson Heriot - Nanosecond Laser Technology – the LEAD Study in AMD Risk Reduction
  • Dr Simon Hurn - Essentials of Veterinary Ophthalmology
  • Dr Kate Gifford - OrthoK and Multi-focal Contact Lenses for Myopia - Why Binocular Vision Matters (T)
  • Dr Kelly Wright - Geriatric Medicine Providing Optimal Care During the Twilight Years
  • Dr Mick Loughnan - Optimising Cataract Surgery Co-management Outcomes: Things Not to Miss (T)
  • Dr Lewis Levitz - Avoiding Litigation: When to Treat, When to Refer and How to Recognise Potentially Life or Sight Threatening Conditions (T)
  • Dr Isabelle Jalbert - Sex, Tears and Contact Lenses

Panel discussion Saturday 5th October

  • Dr Graham Lakkis and Professor Alex Gentle - The Time has Come for all Optometrists to Start Using the title “Doctor”
  • Professor Noel Alpins and Dr Raj Pathmaraj - Can Omega-3’s Play a Significant Part in Dry Eye?
  • Dr Wilson Heriot and Dr Kate Gifford - Orthokeratology – Is it a Long Term Treatment for Myopia?

Panel discussion Sunday 6th October

  • Dr Gillian Cochrane - Working Overseas : What to Do and What Not to Do
  • Mr Simon Hanna - Reducing Vision Loss from Diabetes – Early Progress with the New KeepSight Program
  • Dr Isabelle Jalbert - iCareTrack : Improving the Care Delivery of Glaucoma and Diabetic Eyecare

Workshop Sunday 6th October

  • Dr Adrian Bruce - Diagnosis of Glaucoma Using OCT (T)


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