BCLA AGM & Myopia Management Guidelines Webinar

The BCLA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tuesday 6 September 2022. BCLA Members can participate from the comfort of their own home, as the AGM will be live streamed online as part of BCLA's series of webinars. The AGM will be paired alongside a BCLA webinar panel session titled Myopia Management Guidelines.



BCLA Annual General Meeting
6 September 2022, 18:45 - 19:00 (BST)

You are invited to attend the AGM to hear about BCLA’s activities in the past year, its plans for the future, and to discuss any resolution items that have been brought forward by its membership.

Matters to be covered include: 

•Approval of the 2021 AGM minutes 
•Annual accounts and report for 2021 
•Appointment of auditors 
•Confirmation of Council members 
•Report on BCLA’s activities in 2021/2022 

All documentation will be posted online prior to the event, including the final agenda. As the AGM is fully online all items will be approved by an electronic ballot. Further details about the voting process will be sent to members in the coming weeks. 


BCLA Webinar: Myopia Management Guidelines
6 September 2022, 19:00 - 20:00 (BST) 

Myopia Management is a rapidly emerging area of optical practice and, given the spiralling prevalence of myopia globally, has the potential to reshape the role of optometry in public health for the next generation. This panel discussion will explore the latest developments in Myopia Management especially the recent publication of the College of Optometrist guidance on Myopia Management. Industry experts and representatives of the major professional bodies will share their views on what clinicians need to know and what they need to do in this emerging field of practice.


Richard Edwards qualified as an optometrist in 1987 and was Director of Professional Services at Boots Opticians before launching OPTOMiSE Consulting in 2014. Richard led the Learning & Development function at Boots before taking up the role of Professional Services Director. Richard has just completed his eight year commission on the Expert Advisory Panel to the GOC and works as a consultant to a number of optical & regulatory organisations.  Richard is Clinical Consultant to the Optical Consumer Complaints Service and has lectured internationally on the subject of optical complaint management.

Max Halford is a qualified dispensing optician and contact lens optician who has worked in practice for over 25 years. He is the Clinical Lead for Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and the Clinical Governance and Performance Lead for a large primary eyecare company. He has written training modules and presented webinars on Myopia Management & Enhanced Services as well as well as authoring articles around these subjects. He is also an assessor for the Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC).   Max has led the work of ABDO around Myopia Management since joining the organisation and is determined to ensure that every applicable patient has a “myopia conversation” on their visit to an opticians practice.

Paramdeep Bilkhu is an optometrist independent prescriber and Clinical Adviser at the College of Optometrists. He works regularly in practice in the West Midlands, including providing urgent eye care services in primary care settings. He also holds a visiting Research Fellowship at Aston University with research focused on ocular surface disease and contact lens performance, and has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the College’s peer review CPD journal, Optometry in Practice. Paramdeep has a particular interest in ocular allergic disease and meibomian gland dysfunction diagnostics and management, and is keen to enhance the roles of optometrists in delivering clinical and therapeutic care. 

Peter Hampson is an optometrist in independent practice and Clinical and Professional Director of the Association of Optometrists (AOP). His AOP remit includes professional guidance, regulation, clinical negligence, policy and education and training.   His areas of clinical interest are glaucoma, medical retina and artificial intelligence.   He is also the Co-Chair of the optics sector Information and IT committee as well as a specialist module leader at Cardiff University.



This event is open to all, though please note that only BCLA Members will be invited to participate and vote at the BCLA AGM. BCLA Members are encouraged to attend the full evening agenda from 18:45 BST, whilst non-members will be invited to join from 19:00 BST for the Myopia Management Guidelines webinar only. 


This link will direct you to a Zoom registration page and you will receive an email confirmation and details of how to join the event. You only need one Zoom link to access both the AGM and Myopia Management Guidelines webinar. 

9/6/2022 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
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