Professional Development/Events

COE Seminar Series

Optometry NSW/ACT 2017 COE Seminar Series:

Date: 20/11/2017
Venue: Rydges Camperdown
9 Missenden Road
Program &

6:00pm Registration

6:30pm Refractive Multifocal IOLs - How they work and post-op refraction explained
Emmanuel Calligeros

7:30pm Refreshments

8:00pm Breaking News: Changes in the Guidelines for Driving with Central Vision Loss
Dr Sharon Oberstein

Session 1:

Refractive Multifocal IOLs - How they work and post-op refraction explained
Emmanuel Calligeros

Emmanuel _Calligeros

Topic Outline:

The refractive multifocal IOL design is unique and works very differently to diffractive multifocals. It utilises the “simultaneous vision” principle and requires a special post-op refraction technique.

Learning Objectives:

- To understand the difference between diffractive and refractive multifocal IOLs
- To be able to interpret post-operative multifocal IOL auto-refraction results
- To understand and perform post-operative multifocal IOL subjective refractions 

Speaker Bio:

Emmanuel was awarded his Bachelor of Optometry degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1980. After completing his studies he joined an independent Optometry practice specialising in contact lenses. He became a partner in the practice in 1982 and the owner in 1988.

During his years in practice, Emmanuel was a Clinical Supervisor and Tutor at the School of Optometry, UNSW for 24 years. He also served on advisory panels for many contact lens companies.

Emmanuel sold his practice in 2013, taking up the role of Head of Professional Development at the Brien Holden Vision Institute at the University of NSW until he commenced his role with Device Technologies in November, 2015.

Emmanuel Calligeros is currently the Clinical and Business Development Specialist for the Ophthalmic Surgical Division at Device Technologies, based in Sydney, Australia.

Session 2:

Breaking News: Changes in the Guidelines for Driving with Central Vision Loss
Dr Sharon Oberstein


Topic Outline:

'A win for drivers with central vision loss' was the title of a press release by Vision 2020 in June this year. This presentation will address recent changes to the Assessing Fitness to Drive guidelines regarding strategies for driving with central vision loss, including conditional licensing and bioptic telescopes.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the visual requirements of, and the form to complete, for a conditional driver’s licence
Develop an appreciation of strategies that can facilitate driving in individuals with central vision loss, such as bioptic telescope
Understand how to use a bioptic telescope, the patient selection and current research in Australia and elsewhere regarding driving with bioptic telescopes

Speaker Bio:

Sharon qualified as an optometrist in South Africa (Cum laude). Sharon has worked in private optometric practice and university low vision clinics in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her research area concerns driving with central visual impairment, the topic of her PhD, and for which she was awarded the 2015 Menzies Research Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences. Her role as Principal Staff Optometrist, Low Vision at the UNSW Optometry Clinic has enabled excellent working relationships with key multidisciplinary rehabilitation organisations; invitations to lecture at optometric and multi-disciplinary conferences, and contributions to rehabilitation planning committees.

CPD Points: 6 (3 per lecture)

Registration closes 17 November 2017

or call the OA NSW/ACT office on (02) 9712 2199


OA members: No charge
Non-members: $55.00