Loading Events

« All Events

NIOS Conference 20-22 October 2017

October 20 @ 5:00 pm - October 22 @ 3:00 pm

NIOS Conference: 20-22 October 2017

NIOS invites you to attend this year’s

Conference to be held at the Award Winning

Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle, Do Down

Spectacular location, timeless indulgence

at the Hotel of the Year 2016


Message from NIOS President Sylvia Ferguson: “This year’s annual NIOS Conference brings my unexpected presidency to a close. It’s been a pleasure to again wear my badge of honour and represent the Society. What better place to celebrate than the splendid Slieve Donard Resort and Spa where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea. Please join us for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of education and relaxation. Sylvia”

The Conference:

The NIOS this year has secured some excellent speakers for its 2017 Conference to be held on Saturday, 21 October and Sunday, 22 October 2017 in the luxurious surroundings of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle.

Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. Situated 30 miles south of Belfast and 90 miles north of Dublin, there is no better venue to bring you to the heart of Northern Ireland’s County Down coastline, with stunning panoramic views of the Mountains of Mourne.

Conference presenters will include Dr Michael Williams (Consultant Ophthalmologist, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust), Dr David Edgar (Consultant Immunologist, RVH) and Prof Kathryn Saunders PhD, FCOptom (Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Ulster, Coleraine).

A Workshop Programme will be delivered by Mr Patrick Richardson BSc Hon, MCOptom, AFHEA (Lecturer Optometry Clinic Manager, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster), Dr Karen Breslin (Lecturer in Optometry, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster) and Ms Rukhsana McCann (Specialist Orthoptist).

The Lecturers:

Dr Michael Williams (Consultant Ophthalmologist, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)
Dr David Edgar (Consultant Immunologist – RVH)
Professor Kathryn Saunders PhD, FCOptom (Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Ulster, Coleraine)

The Exhibitors:

  • Alcon Eyecare UK
  • Cathedral Eye Clinic
  • CooperVision
  • Emporium Eyewear
  • Essilor
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Marchon
  • Mark Ennovy
  • M.E.D. Surgical
  • Scope Ophthalmics
  • Scotlens
  • Thea Pharmaceuticals
  • Topcon Ireland
  • Wolf Eyewear
  • Xeyex

Register Here

The Programme:

Friday, 20 October 2017

Golf – The Annesley Links at Royal County Down. Please email Ronnie Glass atronnieglass@btopenworld.com or text to 07803 002148 for further information.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

9.00 am Registration and Exhibition

9.30 am Lecture by Dr Michael Williams

Treatment of eye problems in 2020’

10.30 am Tea/Coffee Break and Exhibition

11.15 am Lecture by Dr David Edgar
‘Immunology and the Eye’

12.15 pm Special Guest

12.30 pm Lecture by Professor Kathryn Saunders PhD, FCOptom
‘Detection and management of anisometropic amblyopia’

1.30 pm Lunch and Exhibition

2.30 pm Afternoon at Leisure

6.30 pm Drinks Reception

7.30 pm Gala Dinner

Sunday, 22 October 2017

9.15 am Registration and Exhibition
9.45 am Lecture by Dr Michael Williams
‘Diabetic eye disease, from top to toe’

10.45 am Tea/Coffee Break and Exhibition

11.30 am Workshop Programme

1.30 pm Lunch

2.30 pm AGM


The Slieve Donard Spa facilities rival any other Spa in Europe. Designed in conjunction with ESPA, the world’s leading Spa company, the Spa is situated over two floors, with stunning views across the Irish sea and the Mourne Mountains. The Active Floor on the ground level incorporates a magnificent 20 metre Swimming Pool and Vitality Pool, which enjoy the amazing views of the coastline, along with a range of heat experiences and a high tech Fitness Studio. An extensive range of Spa therapies are available in one of the 16 luxurious treatment rooms on the first floor, using the ESPA product range. Treatments must be booked well in advance with the Hotel.

Local Attractions:

There are a range of must visit local attractions all within close proximity to the Hotel.  The Mountains of Mourne are on our doorstep and are a fantastic walking and climbing experience. Tollymore Forest Park, which is just a few minutes’ drive away, is simply breathtaking and Silent Valley, Castlewellan Country Park, Murlough Bay Nature Reserve are all nearby. Less than ten miles away lie the delights of Downpatrick, home to St Patrick’s Visitor Centre and Grave (a world Christian Heritage Site) and countless opportunities for horse riding, fishing, sailing, off-road driving, mountaineering and windsurfing.


To book and pay your accommodation, please contact Nora at The Slieve Donard Hotel and ensure that you quote ‘NIOS Conference 2017’ (T: 028 4372 1010).

Conference Booking and Payment:

To secure your place at our Conference, please complete the online booking form and submit with payment.

The NIOS has gone from strength to strength and

is looking forward to welcoming lots of new faces.

Everyone is welcome!


October 20 @ 5:00 pm
October 22 @ 3:00 pm


Slieve Donard