‘Tonight is all about education,’ was the opening statement for a recent online CPD session organised by Théa. The theme was one which was of interest to most working in practice; how the backlog of cataract operations necessitated a change in the way surgery was organised.
The audience was a mix of ophthalmologists and optometrists, and an initial straw poll found that around 25% of the delegates treated around six to eight eyes a day, with 12% already undertaking over 12 procedures a day. The majority of ophthalmologists attending worked in an NHS setting, while around a third had no direct involvement with surgery; presumably the optometrists who were logged in.
Chair for the event, consultant ophthalmologist Andrew Turnbull introduced the session by describing his experience in incorporating high-volume, low-complexity (HVLC) cataract surgery within his clinic at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. This was something he said the clinic was not really designed for, but it became a necessity because of the backlog resulting from the pandemic.
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