Event Overview

One Day Essentials is a series of one day online conferences – broadcast live – providing expert specialist clinical training and essential information. These conferences are recorded live and the sessions will be available for delegates to access freely for six months from the webinar date. 

Sight loss and impairment significantly affects our population, and primary care practitioners know this only too well. This study day will help us garner deeper insights into the management of eye conditions, especially as we start to exit the COVID19 pandemic restrictions.

Primary care has wide exposure to eye patients. With general practice providing more than 300 million appointments a year, perhaps 5% of these relate to an eye condition. Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed in the UK, and it palpably makes a big difference to the lives of people. We all look after patients at various points of this surgical journey.

It is predicted the number of people in the UK with sight loss is set to increase in line with ageing population.

For some GPs, this area of medicine is filled with uncertainty. Given the relatively short exposure to ophthalmology during training, there may be anxieties over diagnostic or management uncertainty. We hope that this interactive day will attenuate some of those worries. Eminent and engaging specialists will help us review the important topics so that you are able to implement positive changes to your practice straight away. We hope to demonstrate how to bring about optimal care for your patients and how you can play your part to improve quality.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn of the different ways diabetes affects the eye, how you can support your patients better, and discover how effective diabetic retinal screening is in helping patients avoid sight loss.
  • Learn the causes of macular degeneration, what are the signs and symptoms to look for, and when should you urgently.
  • Discover there are different types of glaucoma, learn how glaucoma is diagnosed and treated, and what the GP role is here.
  • When do patients need surgery for glaucoma, and what are the different types of interventions your patients may experience. Gain confidence in discussing glaucoma with your patients.
  • What exactly is a cataract, how does it develop, and how ripe does a cataract need to be for referral. Learn how to have a productive discussion with patients who are contemplating surgery.
  • Learn of different types of lid lesions, gain a greater appreciation of how to tell which lid lesions may be sinister.
  • Learn what not to miss in a child, the session will generate greater confidence when examining children with eye problems, learn effective techniques in explaining findings to parents.
  • Improve detection of urgent eye problems, gain confidence in knowing what to do next, learn an effective strategy for managing the red eye.
  • Take away helpful tips on managing patients with visual loss in our practice, how to improve their experience, techniques to add value.
  • Learn how to rule in or out some neurology conditions based on your ocular examination done in primary care.


Topics include:

  • Paediatric ophthalmology – increase your confidence!
  • How do we manage Cataracts in the COVID recovery world?
  • Tips on managing red eyes in primary are
  • Macular degeneration – What you need to know
  • The A-Z of Glaucoma
  • Lids and ocular trauma
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology – demystification for general practice
  • Diabetes in the eye – a joined-up approach to care

Presentations will address the viability of remote consultations and provide guidance on how to best diagnose and treat patients as we move through the pandemic.

Conference Chair:

  • Dr Waqaar Shah, RCGP Clinical Expert in Eye Health
  • Dr Louise Allen, Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Mr Paul Ursell, Cataracts Surgeon, Epsom & St Helier university NHS trust.
  • Mr Ian Rodrigues, Consultant ophthalmic surgeon and glaucoma specialist
  • Mr Bishwanath Pal, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Ms Adanna Obi, Surgeon specialising in Glaucoma at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust London
  • Mr Andrew Malem, Paediatric Ophthalmology Locum Consultant at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Patrick Yu Wai Man, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist
  • Ms Samantha Mann, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital


AiT rate: £195

Members: rate £245
Non-members rate: £288