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Wales and West Vision Conference 2014

Starts: 26 June 2014

Sight Cymru



Thursday 26th June, 2014 at Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff.


Sight Cymru (formerly known as Sight Support) has, for a number of years now, organised and delivered the Wales & West Vision Conference which is aimed at professionals working within the eye care sector.  In previous years we have been fortunate in being supported with exceptional speakers and this year’s conference will focus on recent developments in sight loss treatments and will also include some advice from the Alzheimer’s Society about dealing with service users who also have dementia.

Sharon Beckett said: “Following our hugely successful conference which we co-hosted with SeeAbility in 2013, we are delighted to announce the date for the Wales & West Vision Conference 2014. This event will provide an excellent opportunity for the sector to come together to network and engage with colleagues and acquire information delivered by expert speakers from the eye care and dementia sector.

The conference programme is being finalised but below are some of the confirmed speakers and, as you can see, promises a “not to be missed” event!


Mr Mike Brace (former CEO of Vision 2020) has kindly agreed to give the Keynote Address

Some of our other eminent speakers so far confirmed are:



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Mr Richard Wormald

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Head of Epidemiology, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Supporting Patients with Sight Loss including the role of the Ophthalmologist. A Guide to Certification of Visual Impairment (CVI)

Dr Stephen Hicks

Research Fellow in Neuroscience and Visual Prosthetics. Oxford University

Intelligent spectacles that can help the blind to “see”. 

Dr Hicks is a scientist who has invented a pair of intelligent spectacles that can help the blind to “see” with simple visual images and descriptions of nearby signs and objects

Manoj Kulshrestha


Reader in Rural Health
CCST (Certificate of Completion of Surgical Training) in Ophthalmology.

Mr Kulshrestha has set up the Macular Disease service for Hywel Dda Health Board at Amman Valley Hospital and at Aberystwyth and is a telemedicine champion for the Trust.  He has developed teleophthalmology services across the region and is on many national committees including the Welsh Retina Group, Glaucoma Alliance and Diabetic Retinopathy Screening for Wales. Subject of talk to be advised.

Professor Marcela Votruba

Consultant Ophthalmologist and expert in inherited eye disease. Professor Votruba has been recently appointed as the new head of the University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences and as Head of School, will oversee all of the School’s research and teaching activities.


Professor Votruba intends to speak on progress in the treatment for patients with Mitochondrial Optic Nerve Disease (Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy).

Topic of Talk to be confirmed.

We also hope to have a confirmed speaker from the Alzheimer’s Society.

This suggestion was put forward by many of the delegates at last year’s conference, as many of the professionals working “front line” with service users said they would benefit from up to date information and advice about this particular condition.

Further details will be announced over the coming months. 

Registration will open in early March 2014 cost is £90 pp (or £80 pp for more than one delegate from the same organisation). Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available. 

If you would like to register your interest in attending the conference as a delegate or exhibitor or would like more information, please contact

Mr Mike Brace (former CEO of Vision 2020) has kindly agreed to give the Keynote Address

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cathays, CF24 4LU

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