When casting our eyes over the recent 100% Optical programme of their co-located event, 100% Ophthalmology, we were thrilled to see so many friends of the magazine appearing there, including many from our editorial board. So, we thought we would reach out to them all and ask them to share their thoughts on the upcoming event.


‘Medico – legal sessions’

Sat 24 | 14:00–15:00 | Ophthalmology Theatre
Amar Alwitry, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Leicestershire and Nottingham, UK.

“I’m really excited to have been invited to talk at 100% Ophthalmology at the end of February. I will be speaking on medico-legal issues facing eye health professionals and discussing some cases of litigation I have been involved in. In the current climate the likelihood of facing is claim against you is ever rising, so it’s important that the eye health practitioner is aware of the common pitfalls and how they can protect themselves. I look forward to seeing as many of our Eye News readers there as possible.”


‘How to access research funding – experiences from the inside track’

Sat 24 | 15:15–16:15 | Ophthalmology Theatre
Abdus Samad Ansari, TSC Glaucoma Fellow, Specialty Registrar in Ophthalmology (ST7), Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

Abdus Samad Ansari is currently a TSC (ST7) Glaucoma Fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital and has been the Eye News ‘Trainees’ section editor since 2020. He has recently completed a three-year NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) at Kings College London, in the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology. In 2022 he was given the Zakarian Award, a £25,000 grant awarded by Fight for Sight in partnership with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to further study mitochondrial dysfunction, healthy ageing, and glaucoma. He will be participating on a panel discussing the challenges, misconceptions, and potential barriers with gaining access to research funding.


‘Allied eye healthcare networking’

Sat 24 | 16:15–17:00 | Ophthalmology Theatre
Richard Bell, Senior Medical Photographer, Ophthalmic Photography Research Co-ordinator, Newcastle Eye Centre, Newcastyle-upon[1]Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

“The primary aim of this study was to determine if FAF imaging is required as well as SD-OCT for the screening of patients using hydroxychloroquine. With the high quality, high resolution of SD-OCT being able to identify subtle changes in the outer nuclear layer and the RPE, FAF may not show subtle abnormalities unless there had been damage to the RPE, creating the ‘bull’s eye’ effect within the macular.”


‘Handheld OCT in Children’

Sun 25 | 12:45–13:45 | Ophthalmology Theatre
Sohaib Rufai, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology.

“I am passionate about applied health research and education, and in this session, I will provide an exciting overview of handheld OCT applications in children, relevant to a general audience. I am looking forward to meeting friends and being part of 100% Ophthalmology!”


‘Widefield OCT angiography’

Mon 26 | 10:15–11:15 | Ophthalmology Theatre
Professor Tariq Aslam, Professor of Ophthalmology and Interface Technologies, University of Manchester; Consultant Ophthalmologist, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, UK.

“My presentations at 100% Ophthalmology are in the field of widefield OCT angiography. When the first OCT machines arrived, they revolutionised the field of medical retina and I will be demonstrating why I think the new ultra-widefield OCT angiography technologies are set to continue this trend, especially in the field of retinal vascular diseases such as diabetes and vein occlusion. It will be my first time at this particular meeting but I always look forward to conferences such as this, bumping into long lost colleagues and learning and seeing new technologies and devices.”

Industry Highlights

Not only are we excited to catch up with the many friendly faces of Eye News on the 100% Ophthalmology programme, we're also looking forward to seeing out partners in industry there, too, many of which will be sharing the stage as well as the exhibition floor. 

As always, we've been keeping our eyes and ears to the ground to bring you the most relevant highlights you can expect from the event. So, be sure to drop in and check out the following:

  • Haag-Streit UK (HS-UK), the leading manufacturer and distributor of gold-standard diagnostic and surgical devices and instruments for ophthalmologists, optometrists, and orthoptists, is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at 100% Ophthalmology in February 2024.
  • The full education programme for 100% Optical – the UK’s largest optical trade show – opens for bookings, delivered by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) as the event’s official education partner.
  • Making a five-year plan for an optical or ophthalmology business is uppermost in OSA members’ minds as they look for the best means of supporting the profession at 100% Optical.
  • Ophthalmology’s role at the forefront of many areas of healthcare, providing valuable insights to early disease markers and progression, is to be highlighted on the OSA stand at 100% Optical. Some seven hours of free to attend lectures will provide a vision of the next five years of high street practice.
  • At 100% Optical, ABDO College will be offering attendees the chance to learn more about ABDO College courses, from the popular optical assistant course through to ophthalmic dispensing and contact lenses optician qualifications.
  • Promoting the diverse membership of the OSA, the trade body is launching a visitor trail at the show, with the opportunity to win a selection case of premium English sparkling wines each day. 
Come and say "Hello!"

If you're attending 100% Optical / Ophthalmology in February, why not come and say hello to us at Eye News... We're going to be located at Stand M372 and we'll be hosting interviews, famously giving away our Tunnock's Teacakes, and providing delegates and industry with our whole range of magazines and supplements, including our new, healthcare-wide supplement, wellbeing.