The second Essilor Academy took place this week at the ABDO National Resource Centre in Birmingham. The two-day event saw forty optometrists and dispensing opticians from across the UK and Channel Islands enjoy CET workshops and lectures at the purpose-built facility.
Day one started with a lecture about 8th
Generation progressive lenses delivered by Professor Mo Jalie. His encyclopaedic knowledge and sense of humour made for an enraptured, if slightly star-struck audience.
A peer discussion around PPL dispensing cases followed, facilitated by the event organiser, Charlotte Timbury. This provided an excellent opportunity for optometrists and dispensing opticians to combine their knowledge and areas of expertise, something that rarely happens in practice due to time limitations.
The afternoon closed with an uplifting and inspiring presentation by Steve Head, whose motivational speech offered advice and take-home tips on how to maximise potential and stay strong under pressure. It was universally well-received and continued to be a topic of conversation throughout the remainder of the event.
Delegates were taken by coach to the Hyatt Hotel before walking to The Book Rotunda for a reception and three-course dinner. The stunning venue and excellent food made for a very enjoyable evening and an excellent opportunity to socialise and network with fellow eyecare professionals.
Day two began with a relevant and informative lecture by Bradford University lecturer Cheryl Swindells about PPL troubleshooting. This helped to dispel misunderstandings and clarify certain issues surrounding the topic of compensated powers.
Essilor Professional relations Manager Dr Andy Hepworth introduced the topic of Innovation and Differentiation. He spoke of Essilor’s pioneering AVA (advanced vision accuracy) technology and why methods of refraction are due for a change. This was followed by demonstrations of the Visioffice X and the Vision-R 800, a phoropter that allows optometrists to determine a spectacle prescription in 0.01D steps.
The final CET session of the event combined the disciplines of optometry and psychology and was delivered by optometrist Amy Hughes who asked why people drive when they can’t see clearly. This proved to be a very thought-provoking topic and it allowed the delegates to share their own anecdotes and advice.
The event was a huge success with delegates enjoying the CET provision and Essilor’s outstanding hospitality. There are plans to make the Essilor Academy a biannual event from 2020.
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