We are happy to be offer 4 diverse and exciting workshops at this congress.  Timing of the workshops is aimed at providing attendees with the maximum opportunity to attend multiple sessions or attend a single longer workshop. 

Workshops A,B, and C are 1 hour sessions that will be repeated.  Attendees therefore have the opportunity to attend at least 2 of the 3 one hour sessions.  Workshop D is a specially designed two hour workshop promising a lot of attendee participation.  This Workshop runs concurrent to Workshops A,B, and C but is only offered once.

Pre-registration to the workshops is required, and can be done via the online registration form.


Workshop A- What about the Orthoptics?

Workshop Leader: Professor Anna Horwood, UK, Professor of Orthoptics and Visual Development, BIOS Research and Innovation Director 

Orthoptists are branching out into many different areas of practice, but our defining professional training and skill is in orthoptic investigation and treatment. In this workshop we will explore how orthoptists around the world are tackling the issue of maintaining orthoptic skills and professional standards when many orthoptists’ roles may involve little or no actual orthoptics. In other situations, other professions are claiming they are the binocular vision experts.  The workshop will debate how we can maintain, develop and raise the profile of core orthoptic skills in response to these challenges.  How should we expand our roles, while still keeping our core traditional skills at the top of their game? How should we respond to challenges from others? 

Timings: 14:30-15:30 and 16:00-17:00


Workshop B- Neuro-Orthoptics

Workshop Leader: Joanne Adeoye, UK, Lecturer in Orthoptics, University of Liverpool, Chair BIOS Neuro-Orthoptics/ Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinical Advisory Group

Orthoptists are heralded as the experts in ocular motility, employing these skills in the capacity of diagnosticians and therapists in the care of patients with a wide range of neurological conditions.  This unique skill set allows us to contribute to the care of these patients at various points throughout their journey. As Allied Health Professionals we are able to pursue a more holistic approach to patient care, adapting to patient needs and contributing to a wide range of Multidisciplinary Teams. This workshop aims to provide an insight to the key skills and varying roles of the neuro-orthoptist and discuss the different approaches to neuro-ophthalmic care across the globe.

Timings: 14:30-15:30 and 16:00-17:00


Workshop C- Multiprofessional Ophthalmic Skills

Workshop Leader: Nadia Northway, UK, Senior Lecturer, Orthoptic Programme Lead/ Director Glasgow Caledonian University

The roles of members the Ophthalmic Healthcare Team are evolving to meet the increasing demands on the hospital eye service. There are a number of roles and skills that are undertaken by a range of non-medical eye care professionals (Orthoptists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic Nurses & Ophthalmic Technicians). This workshop aims to provide an overview of these skills and update delegates on current practice.

Timings: 14:30-15:30 and 16:00-17:00


Workshop D- International Volunteering: Converging Intentions with Reality

(This workshop is sponsored by the IOA’s International Volunteer Program)

Volunteering is a good thing, right? But will it really help the people you aim to serve? Does your service as a volunteer have the potential to cause harm despite the best of intentions?  Are there questions you can ask before you volunteer abroad to figure it all out? 

The literature on ethical concerns in health care volunteering has grown tremendously over the last years highlighting the need for appropriate guidelines. The IOA’s Volunteer Program invites 2020 Congress participants who either already volunteered abroad or have an interest in volunteering in the future, to an interactive workshop on June 20th, 2020, to share their experiences. The aim of this workshop is  to discuss how international health care volunteering if done well can have long lasting benefits for eye health for the population it serves; whilst  at the same time if done without careful planning  or for the wrong reasons, can have a detrimental effect. The ethical issues relating to volunteering will be discussed and participants will be encouraged to reach consensus on the best practices needed to ensure a legacy of improved eye health for those who are in need of help.

Workshop Objectives – Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Suggest IOA best practice guidelines to employ when volunteering
  • List the questions to ask before volunteering
  • Differentiate volunteering from voluntourism
  • Discuss how international volunteering has the potential to cause harm: causes and effects
  • Discuss the two-way benefits of volunteering and service to the host and volunteer

Timings: 14:30-17:00 with a small break