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2015 promises to be an exciting year for the BCLA conference with a packed programme to satisfy contact lens practitioners with varied priorities, writes OT's clinical editor, Dr Ian Beasley.

Day 1

Myopia is the prominent feature on Day 1 with an education stream devoted to the subject. The BCLA has attracted key influencers in the field of myopia control and areas for discussion include the role of spectacles, pharmaceutical agents, multifocal contact lenses and orthokeratology in slowing myopic progression.

'Must see' sessions for me during 'myopia management fest' will include Dr Janis Orr exploring the case for pharmaceutical treatments, while Dr Nicola Logan will discuss the influence of spectacle lens design on myopic progression.

To complete the picture Professor Brien Holden presents the argument for using multifocal contact lenses to slow the development of myopia.

Ortho-k enthusiasts will not want to miss a highlight lecture by world-renowned Professor Pauline Cho exploring the use of the technique as a strategy in myopia management. Shelly Bansal follows immediately afterwards with a live ortho-k fitting session.

For those suffering from myopia overload there is plenty on offer in the concurrent educational streams including scleral contact lens fitting, management of keratoconus and corneal transplantation.

Day 2

Early morning rapid-fire sessions with an ortho-k theme kick off the second day ahead of a busy schedule across six education platforms. This is followed by the keynote address by Dr Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, who will consider the factors associated with corneal infiltrative events in contact lens wearers.

Mid-morning coffee will be followed by Dallos Award recipient, Dr Nicole Carnt, who will discuss a UK perspective on Acanthamoeba keratitis and the role of environmental sources on the condition.

A highlight on the afternoon of Day 2 will be the BCLA 2015 Medal Address by Professor Fiona Stapleton, who will consider the steps that can be taken to reduce the potential for contact lens related microbial keratitis and discuss modifiable risk factors.

Day 3

Delegates will be relieved with a later start on the final day, a chance no doubt to recover after what promises to be a spectacular awards dinner in the surroundings of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, appropriately aligned with a 1960's music theme.

Attention on the final day will be switched to the subject of presbyopia with a symposia chaired by Brian Tompkins and a keynote address by Professor James Wolffsohn. Meanwhile, in the workshops,

Dr Catharine Chisholm and Dr Rachel Hiscox will be on-hand to further our understanding of corneal topography.

As the conference draws to a close the 'Great Debate' is likely to be a popular session among delegates. Dr Noel Brennan and Professors Phil Morgan, Lyndon Jones and Eric Papas consider the relative merits of silicone hydrogels and hydrogels--a session that is likely to challenge the current thinking of practitioners.

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Title Annotation:conference of myopia care and treatment
Author:Beasley, Ian
Publication:Optometry Today
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 2, 2015
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