BCLA 2020
Virtual event announced

October 09, 2020

This year’s BCLA UK Conference & Exhibition will take place as a virtual event, live-streamed for eye care practitioners around the world. The current UK Government guidance means that delegates will not be permitted to attend on-site as planned at The Vox in Birmingham on Sunday, 8th November. Delegates will be able to follow the conference online from their own homes with the main lecture track available via live streaming technology, making BCLA UK accessible to eye care practitioners across the globe. The programme for the event is centred on “evidence-based practice for today” with lectures promoting best practice to maximise success with modern contact lenses, including confidence with myopia management and the management of Dry Eye Disease. The first digital seminar will be chaired by immediate past president, Jonathon Bench, who will look at the issue of retention and how to grow the category. He will be followed by Sarah Smith with her session entitled ‘Eyes On The Planet: Sustainability in Practice’. Further sessions include ‘Science of Compliance’ to be chaired by Dr Katharine Evans and ‘Evidence-based Practice’ chaired by Professor James Wolffsohn. A series of online peer review sessions will also be held. Christine Purslow will hold a session entitled ‘Lubricants for dry eye – what’s it all about?’ while Craig McArthur will present ‘Perfecting communication for successful myopia management’. These sessions will fulfil the GOC-approved CET interactive requirement for the BCLA certificates in Dry Eye and Myopia Management. Another new feature for BCLA UK 2020 will be the Virtual Exhibition, where delegates will be able to contact suppliers directly and be able to view product demos during coffee breaks throughout the main programme. Anyone already registered to attend the event in Birmingham, will automatically be transferred to the online event.

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