From NIOS President, Mrs Faith Mills MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc.
Wishing you all a joy filled Christmas and a peaceful New Year!
The Northern Ireland Optometric Society (NIOS) hosted a highly successful Conference on the 10 and 11 October 2015 in the beautiful surroundings of the Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
Delegates from the profession included Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Ophthalmologists. They attended lectures and workshops conducted by world-class speakers on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Saturday’s programme featured Mr Barry Duncan (ABDO) who presented a Business lecture followed by a workshop on dispensing and Mr Ed Farrant (IP Optometrist) who carried out a workshop on ‘Tales from Eye Casualty’. Sunday morning lectures focused on Glaucoma and were led by Prof Ted Garway-Heath (Moorfields) and Prof Augusto Azuara-Blanco (Queen’s University and RVH).
NIOS members and distinguished guests enjoyed an extravagant Charity Gala dinner on the Saturday evening, hosted by NIOS president, Mrs Faith Mills. In excess of £1500 was raised for the NIOS charity of the year, CBM. CBM is an international Christian disability and development organisation transforming the lives of disabled people in the world’s poorest communities.
Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to relax in the plush surroundings of the Galgorm Spa and to network with other members of the profession. Many Optical companies were involved in exhibiting at the weekend conference and it gave delegates a chance to keep abreast with developments in the Optometric market.
Due to the overwhelming success of the 2015 event, a further weekend conference has been booked at the Galgorm Resort on 6 and 7 October 2016.