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Annual Congress 2018

Monday 21 – Thursday 24 May 2018

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress 2018 took place at the Arena & Convention Centre (ACC), Liverpool.

Congress Prize Winners

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists was pleased to award the following prizes at the 2018 Congress

Johnson and Johnson Innovation Prize for best poster
Dr Paul Steptoe, University of Liverpool
Evolving Regions of Ellipsoid Zone Hyporeflectivity Associated with Retinal Lesions of Infectious Aetiology. Longitudinal Ultra-Widefield (UWF) Retinal Imaging Observations in a Cohort of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Survivors, Sierra Leone

Runner up Johnson and Johnson Innovation Prize for best poster
Dr Sohaib Rufai, Leicester Royal Infirmary
Is structural grading of foveal hypoplasia in infants compared to quantitative segmentation analysis using handheld optical coherence tomography in the prediction of future visual acuity? A longitudinal cohort study

Wallace Foulds Trophy for Best Rapid Fire
Stephen Stewart, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
UK National Surveillance of Emergency Canthotomy & Cantholysis

RCOphth/ Bausch and Lomb sustainability prize
Conor Reid, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
CatCam: A novel device for congenital cataract screening

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Researcher of the Year Award
David Steel (Consultant)
Stephen Kaye (Consultant)
Pouya Alaghbad (Trainee)

Desmond Wright Shield for best exhibitor


The 2018 RCOphth Congress programme is available to download. PDF programmes for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday can be downloaded which include synopses, talks and speaker details. Subspecialty day programmes for Thursday 24 May, can be downloaded below. The programme can also be found on the Congress app, it can be downloaded in Google PlayApple App Store and there is a website version.

You can view the programme for:

RCOphth Annual Congress 2018 – Monday 21 May Programme

Time Session
09:00 – 10:30 President’s Session
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee & Posters
11.00 – 12.00 Parallel Sessions

Finding the needle in the haystack: The epidemiology of rare eye diseases

Headaches for ophthalmologists

Anti-VEGF therapy for diabetic retinopathy

Orbital cellulitis: Clinical presentation, diagnosis and management

Big data

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30 Parallel Sessions

Progress in diabetic retinopathy screening

The role of surgery in glaucoma

Diagnosing nystagmus – How, when and why

Getting into research

Dealing with complaints

The St John Eye Hospital Session – past, present and future

14.30 – 15.00 Tea & Posters
15.00 – 16.00 Rapid fire session
16.00 – 17.00 Barrie Jones Lecture – Professor Clare Gilbert
Public health approaches to the control of visual loss in children in low and middle income countries
17.00 – 18.30 Poster session and drinks reception


RCOphth Annual Congress 2018 – Tuesday 22 May Programme

Time Session
09:00 – 17:00

Ophthalmology multidisciplinary team day

08:00 – 09:00 Parallel Sessions

Gonioscopy masterclass

Mid-career motivation

Driving standards: Assessment in cases of visual field defects

VISION 2020 LINKS Programme – Tackling diabetic retinopathy in challenging contexts

09:05 – 10:05 Bowman Lecture – Professor Usha Chakravarthy
Ruminations on age-related macular degeneration: a journey of distractions
10.05 – 10.30 AGM
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee and posters
11.00 – 13.00 Parallel Sessions

Emergency ophthalmology

Dilemmas in cataract surgery

Improving outcomes in corneal transplantation

Assessing a patient with strabismus – A structured approach

Managing retinal dystrophies

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Duke Elder Oration – Professor Rubens Belfort
Classic, emergent and unknown intraocular infectious diseases
15.00 – 15.30 Tea and posters
15.30 – 17.30 Parallel Sessions

NICE guidelines

Horrible histories: Infectious uveitis

Ocular surface tumours: What’s new?

Intraocular haemorrhage; a bloody challenging situation

Advances in corneal disease management

15.30 – 18.30 Ophthalmic Trainees Forum


RCOphth Annual Congress 2018 – Wednesday 23 May Programme

Time Session
08:00 – 09:00 Parallel Sessions

OCTA – practical tips for real-world use

Phacoemulsification surgery supervision


Keeping your ophthalmic service safe

Assessment of the watering eye

Further helpful statistics for ophthalmic researchers

09:05 – 10:05 Horizon Scanning
09:05 – 12:05 Training the trainers
10.05 – 10.20 Awards Ceremony
10.20 – 10.40 Coffee and posters
10.40 – 12.10 Parallel Sessions

Building research into everyday practice


The paediatric posterior pole

Current management of central retinal vein occlusion

Clinical leadership

12.15 – 13.00 The Great Debate: All suitable cataract patients should be offered multifocal lenses
13.00 – 14.00 SAS Forum
Dr Lesley Kaye will give a talk entitled Autonomous Working. Lunch is provided at this session
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Optic UK Lecture – Dr Harold Quigley
21st Century glaucoma treatment
15.00 – 15.30 Tea and posters
15.30 – 17.00 Parallel Session

Grand rounds: FFA/Medical retina

Neuro-ophthalmology for the general ophthalmologist – when to worry

Grand rounds: Anterior segment

Dislocated intraocular lenses- Failing well and relocation, relocation, relocation

NIHR symposium: World-class research in UK

RCOphth Annual Congress 2018 – Thursday 24 May Programme

Subspecialty Day 

09:00 – 17:00



A survival guide to inflammatory disease of the eye and orbit

Paediatric ophthalmology