Professional Development/Events

COE Seminar Series

Optometry NSW/ACT 2017 COE Seminar Series:

Date: 22/05/2017
Venue: Tradies Gymea
57 Manchester Road North

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Program &

6:00pm Registration

6:30pm A Case-Based Approach to Systemic Investigations Related to Ocular Signs
Dr Sharma

7:30pm Refreshments

8:00pm An Eye for an Eye - Therapeutics Grand Rounds
Anthony Tran

Session 1:

A Case-Based Approach to Systemic Investigations Related to Ocular Signs
Dr Neil Sharma

Neil _Sharma

Topic Outline:

This interactive case-based talk explores various systemic investigations that are relevant in patients presenting with ocular signs. Topics covered include the role of neuro-imaging (CT/MRI), lumbar puncture, temporal artery biopsy, blood tests (auto-immune screening, inflammatory markers, infectious serology), carotid dopplers and cardiac echocardiography. Emphasis is placed on what an optometrist needs to know and sometimes may be required to help explain to patients.

Learning Objectives:

- Understanding systemic investigations relevant to a patient presenting with optic disc swelling
- Understanding systemic investigations that might be performed in an elderlly patient with a central retinal artery occlusion
- Understanding systemic investigations that might be considered in a patient with uveitis 

Speaker Bios:

Dr Neil Sharma is an Ophthalmic Surgeon and Medical Retina Specialist at Eye and Retina Specialists, Green Square. Neil graduated in medicine with honours from the University of NSW, before completing his ophthalmology specialist training at the Sydney Eye Hospital training network. He undertook a fellowship in general ophthalmology at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine and Macquarie University Hospital. He then undertook further sub-speciality training in Medical Retina at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK. Neil has a strong interest in research, and has published more than 30 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature. Dr Sharma is a staff-specialist ophthalmologist at Westmead Hospital, a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong. He attends monthly rural ophthalmology clinics in Wagga Wagga.

Session 2:

An Eye for an Eye - Therapeutics Grand Rounds
Anthony Tran

Anthony _Tran

Topic Outline:

One in four patients seeking emergency eye care in hospital emergency rooms suffer from conditions which could be resolved by health practitioners in a primary care setting. This talk aims to review complex ocular conditions which can be managed and treated by optometrists, to help reduce the strain and burden on the public health system.

Learning Objectives:

- Review presentations and pathophysiology of common ocular conditions
- Understand the importance of forming differential diagnosis in formulating a treatment plan
- Further understanding of when to refer or manage ocular conditions

Speaker Bios:

Anthony graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of New South Wales. He is currently practising in an independent practice in Cabramatta, NSW with special interests in managing ocular pathology and myopic control. Anthony is also involved in the mentoring of undergraduate students in ocular therapeutics.

CPD Points: 6 (3 per lecture)

Registration closes 19 May 2017

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


OA members: No charge
Non-members: $55.00