16th SLK CEP’s
wide range at Optic India 2020
The importance of continuing educational programmes in any field cannot be stressed enough, both for practicing professionals and new entrants. In line with this, the Optic India shows in Mumbai include CEPs that have always enjoyed excellent feedback, further boosting the enthusiasm of the organisers and the faculty who plan these carefully so that the participants are exposed to the latest developments in the field and recall it as an enjoyable learning experience. The response to the programmes conducted during the course of Optic India 2020 once again reiterated their value and importance.
The 16th SLK CEP on dispensing optics and contact lenses at the CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation) Exhibition Centre in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, from 18 to 20 January offered in-depth sessions that the fifty attendees found very informative and useful for their practice.
The programme was inaugurated with lighting of the lamp, the National Anthem and a welcome speech. The first sessions were on the Anatomy of the Eye, Ophthalmic lenses: Materials, Designs and Trends, presented by Dr Rajeev Prasad, who is also the Secretary of the Indian Optometric Association (IOA). Bhupesh Chanana delineated Refractive Errors as well as Facial Measurements and the Importance of IPD.
Dr Prasad addressed the finer points of Prescriptions and Transpositions, while Prateek Sharma’s talk on Spectacles Frames: Materials, Designs & Trends also proved to be of great interest.
The post lunch sessions covered How to become Successful Entrepreneur by P Ramchandran, formerly of Essilor; Optical Retail Management by Prateek Sharma; Ethical Practice: Dr Rajeev Prasad and Sanjay Mehta; and a hands-on workshop on IPD measurement and the fitting of spectacles.
The second day’s programme too was packed with Contact Lens: Materials, Designs and Trends, and Toric and Multifocal Contact Lenses presented by Anurag Vaish; Understanding the Modalities of Contact Lenses and Fitting of Contac Lenses by Prateek Sharma; Modern Optical Instruments by Bhupesh Chanana; and the Dos and Don’ts of Contact Lenses by Dr Rajeev Prasad and Sanjay Mehta.
The afternoon sessions featured Speciality Lenses – What opticians should know by Anurag Vaish; and a session by Mehra Eye Tech (Topcon).
The third day covered Presbyopia and its Correction by Dr Rajeev Prasad; Materials, Designs and Add-on Benefits of PALs by Bhupesh Chanana; Trouble shooting of PALs by Anurag Vaish; a session by Essilor, one of the sponsors; a hands-on workshop for PALs; and Optical Business Challenges by Prateek Sharma.
The participants also showed keen interest in the hand-on workshops on spectacle fitting presented by Optilab, one of the sponsors of the event; and one on contact lens fitting that was exclusively for optometrists.
The general consensus was that the CEP had been a rich learning experience with its wide range of topics presented most lucidly by the many experts. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks to the many speakers and sponsors, a group photograph session, the distribution of certificates to all the participants, and the National Anthem.
The SLK Optometry Foundation is deeply grateful to the sponsoring companies Essilor, Suprol, Mehra Eyetech, The Indian Optician, and the Indian Optometric Association for its unstinting support.