Sunday 4 August
Crown Towers, Level 1 – Palladium C

Up to 18 CPD points have been applied for.

8:00 am    Registration with breakfast canapes and coffee/tea

8:45 – 9:00 am    Official welcome

9:00 – 9:25 am
Premium cataract surgery: when things don’t go to plan
Dr Uday Bhatt

In this presentation, Dr Bhatt will talk about the latest advances in premium cataract surgery and what the future holds in this arena. He will discuss the reasons why things don’t always go according to plan and how to manage those challenges to achieve the best patient outcomes. During this session, the audience will be able to take part in interesting case discussions.

Learning objectives
  • To develop a good understanding of the current options in premium cataract surgery
  • To understand what the future holds for premium cataract surgery options
  • To know what to look out for when things do not go according to plan
  • To gain a better understanding of how to deal with problems associated with premium cataract surgery

9:25 – 9:50 am
Overdiagnosis of glaucoma – challenges in correct diagnosis (T)
Dr Raj P Pathmaraj

Approximately one-third of patients diagnosed with glaucoma do not actually have the condition, which can present serious risks to the patient. This presentation will explore the correct identification of glaucoma.

Learning objectives
  • To be able to identify the risk factors associated with overdiagnosis of glaucoma
  • To understand the accuracy of the tests used to confirm diagnosis of glaucoma
  • To recognise the pitfalls related to the incorrect diagnosis of glaucoma

9:50 – 10:15 am
Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT): where does it stand in glaucoma treatment? (T)
Dr Lei Liu

Glaucoma treatment optimisation is paramount to allay the rising prevalence of glaucoma due to population growth and ageing. SLT is an increasingly valuable therapeutic option that may serve as a first line or an adjunctive treatment for glaucoma. A brief overview of the development, mechanism, efficacy and safety of SLT will be explored in this presentation.

Learning objectives
  • To gain an understanding of the indications for SLT therapy
  • To understand the mechanism of SLT and how it assists in patient management
  • To know the efficacy and safety of SLT and how it compares to medical and surgical therapy for glaucoma patients

10:15 – 10:40 am

Guest speaker

Glaucoma and OCT: detecting progression and ‘red disease’ (T)
A/Prof Tim Roberts

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become a standard tool for diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma. However, over-reliance on imaging systems can lead to overdiagnosis of glaucoma if the results are interpreted on their own, without taking into consideration the complete clinical picture. This presentation will explore the interpretation of OCT reports and show how these results must be analysed in combination with other test results and clinical examination, as ‘red’ does not always mean ‘disease’ and ‘green’ does not always mean ‘normal’.

Learning objectives
  • To gain a better understanding of how to interpret OCT images in glaucoma and the values that constitute significant change
  • To be able to differentiate between a potential pathological condition on an OCT report and an unusual but not pathological OCT report

10:45 – 11:15 am    Morning tea in the The River Room

11:15 – 11:45 am

Guest speaker

Clinical pearls in red eye management (T)
A/Prof Tim Roberts

Red eyes make up a large proportion of ocular emergencies. But which ones truly are emergencies and which are common, self-limiting conditions?

Learning objectives
  • To learn how to triage a patient with a red eye
  • To determine the cause of their signs and symptoms
  • To recognise the appropriate urgent referral of microbial keratitis, uveitis, endophthalmitis and other causes of red eye
  • To understand the therapeutic management of viral, allergic and bacterial conjuctivitis

11:50 – 12:15 pm
Managing posterior capsular opacification – what are the challenges and novel treatments in the pipeline? (T)
Dr Alex Ioannidis

Posterior capsular opacification (PCO) is common after cataract surgery despite recent advances in IOL design and the use of innovative materials in IOL manufacturing. This presentation will look at our current understanding of PCO, its pathogenesis, treatment pitfalls, and novel treatments under investigation to treat this common condition that arises after routine surgery.

Learning objectives
  • To understand the aetiology of PCO and how it arises after cataract surgery
  • To look at our current treatment options and some common pitfalls
  • To assess future treatment modalities for this condition

12:15 – 12:40 pm
Corneal carpentry (T)
Prof Rasik Vajpayee

Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) is a minor surgical treatment that uses an excimer laser to treat and manage conditions of the cornea and corneal injuries. This presentation will explore the many indications for using PTK in the ophthalmic world.

Learning objectives
  • To gain a thorough understanding of phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK)
  • To know when PTK is indicated, such as the management of recurrent corneal erosion, and when to refer a patient for PTK
  • To gain an understanding of the PTK procedure and post-operative paradigms

12:40 – 1:00 pm
Interesting cases from the last year – lessons to learn and share (T)
Dr Lewis Levitz

Making the correct diagnosis in patients with unexplained visual symptoms is not always easy. This session will focus on investigating and treating patients with vision loss whose diagnosis is not always clear on presentation. A differential diagnosis for each scenario, including the suggested appropriate tests, will be explained. The audience will be asked how they would manage the patient and their treatment choices will be discussed.

Learning objectives
  • To properly assess patients presenting with unexplained visual loss or vague visual symptoms
  • To be able to choose the correct investigation for patients with unexplained visual symptoms
  • To understand new modalities of investigation and referral pathways

1:00 – 2:00 pm    Lunch in the The River Room

2:00 – 2:15 pm
A word from our sponsors – Novartis

2:15 – 2:40 pm

Guest speaker

Red flags in paediatric eye disease
Dr Anu Mathew

This presentation will explore the features that should not be missed in common paediatric ocular presentations involving the anterior segment, posterior segment, orbit and strabismus. Dr Mathew will share multiple cases to illustrate what clinicians needs to look out for.

Learning objectives
  • TBC

2:40 – 3:00 pm
Are you seeing double?
Dr Christolyn Raj


Learning objectives
  • To appreciate the work-up involved in a patient with strabismus undergoing cataract surgery
  • To understand the implications of phorias in the post-operative recovery phase following cataract surgery
  • To be aware of sagging eye socket syndrome

3:00 – 3:25 pm
Retinal decision-making
Dr Devinder Chauhan

In this presentation, we will investigate the factors that are at play during the decision-making process for retinal cases.

Learning objectives
  • To gain an understanding of the instruments, tools and human factors that influence decisions made in retinal practice

3:25 – 3:40 pm
Getting high…
Dr Joe Reich

Learning objectives
  • To gain an in-depth understanding of outlying patients – high myopes, high hypermetropes and those with high astigmatic errors
  • To be able to manage these kinds of patients
  • To know what refractive surgery options can be offered
  • To be familiar with the standard selection criteria for patients interested in refractive surgery

3:40 – 4:00 pm
Management of high myopia
Dr Justin Sherwin

Learning objectives
  • To understand the natural history and ocular complications of high myopia
  • To consider possible interventions to prevent myopia progression
  • To appreciate management options for patients with pathology due to high myopia

4:00 – 4:10 pm    Conclusion

*Program details subject to change.