Following on quickly from announcing that world renowned Consultant Ophthalmologist Pearse Keane has been awarded the Kanski Lecture, and that Professor Sunil Shah will perform live laser surgery at Optrafair 20/20, FMO is pleased to announce that two of the world’s leading contact lens and anterior eye specialists will host an ‘An Audience with Professors Lyndon Jones and Philip Morgan’.  As they both enjoy global reputations speaking at conferences all over the world, having them share a stage at Optrafair 20/20, which runs from 4 to 6 April, is a major coup, and confirms FMO’s aim to attract the best speakers within Ophthalmology and Optometry from around the world.

Andy Yorke, outgoing Chair of FMO, said ‘I was delighted that two of the world’s most eminent Professors in their field agreed to host what promises to be one of the premier events at Optrafair 20/20. An audience with the Professors promises to be one of the outstanding events at Optrafair 20/20.’

For those not in the know, Lyndon Jones is a Professor at the School of Optometry & Vision Science and Director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He graduated in Optometry from the University of Wales back in 1985 and gained a PhD in 1998 from Aston University before emigrating to Canada. He holds three of the higher clinical awards awarded by the UK College of Optometrists, as well as being a Fellow of the BCLA and was awarded an honorary DSc by Aston in 2018.

He was awarded Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2017 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a registered Optometrist in the UK and Canada.

As University Research Chair he has concentrated primarily on the interaction of novel and existing contact lens materials with the ocular environment, dry eye diagnosis and management and ocular drug delivery. He has delivered over 1000 lectures worldwide, spread over 40 countries.

Philip Morgan is Professor of Optometry, Deputy Head of the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry and Director of Eurolens Research at the University of Manchester. His research interests concentrate on the clinical performance of contact lenses. Since 1996 he has managed an international survey of contact lenses.

He is Immediate Past President of the International Society for Contact Lens Research and VP of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. He is also a Fellow of the American academy of Optometry and the BCLA. He has authored over 200 papers, most related to the clinical performance of contact lenses and the nature of the UK and international contact lens market.

Lyndon and Philip are currently preparing their presentations, which will cover all aspects of modern contact lens practice. Their session aims to provide a platform to provide clinical based discussion as well as the opportunity to ask questions, and will take place on the ‘Iris’, a flexible central stage which will accommodate all the headline lectures, interviews and presentations.

Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to fully interact with Professors Jones and Morgan. As well as providing ‘An Audience With’, they will be providing hands on training at Optrafair 20/20’s Dry Eye Tech Live sessions. They will also be available at ‘Professors Corner’, where visitors will be able to book private one-to-one sessions with the various Professors speaking at Optrafair 20/20.

FMO is aiming to attract 10,000 visitors to Optrafair 20/20 by broadening the appeal of the show and making it all inclusive to interest all sectors of the optical industry, including not only frames, lenses and equipment, but also Ophthalmology, Optometry, contact lenses, IT, finance, audiology and pharmaceuticals.

Other brand new features that will be announced over the coming weeks include the President’s Address, Style Awards, Optical Question Time, a whole host of CET sessions, an Independent Lab Zone, lectures examining the impact of Optics on the environment and a University Village and Students Re-Union Bar.

Please register here for tickets to Optrafair 20/20, which runs from 4 to 6 April at the NEC.