Last Conference

Last Conference

March 19th 2015


Queenstown 19-22 March 2015

"The 2015 three day conference was held at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown and featured ophthalmologists Professor Donald Tan (Singapore) and Dr Ed Holland (USA), and optometrists Dr Ben Ashby (Australia) and Brian Tompkins (UK)."

Professor Donald T.H. Tan 

Donald Tan is the Arthur Lim Professor in Ophthalmology at the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School, Senior Advisor of the Singapore National Eye Centre, Professor of Ophthalmology of the Department of Ophthalmology NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, immediate past Medical Director of SNEC, and immediate past Chairman of the Singapore Eye Research Institute. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles in the field of cornea and refractive surgery, eye banking, and myopia (h index = 46), contributed 18 book chapters, and is the recipient of over 20 awards, which most recently include the 2013 Albrecht von Graefe Innovator’s Lecture, the 2013 Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India Gold Medal, and the CLAO 2014 Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr. Lecture. He has recently been awarded the 2015 ASCRS Binkhorst Lecture, and the CLAO 2015 Richard L. Lindstrom MD Lecture. Professor Tan is the founding and current President of the Asia Cornea Society, which he formed in 2007, and the founding and current chair of the Association of Eye Banks of Asia (AEBA). In 2012, Professor Tan became the first international President of the Cornea Society, and is currently its immediate Past President. In 2014, he was named as the 3rd most influential ophthalmologist on The Ophthalmologist’s Power List.

Brian Tompkins
BSc Hons FC Optom, FBCLA

Brian is an experienced independent practitioner in his stunningly refurbished and contemporised Victorian house-practice in Northampton UK. He is President Elect and a Fellow of the BCLA and a former AOP Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year. He is extremely proactive in fitting all types of contact lenses to any age and prescription. He feels that the market for contact lenses can be expanded to many more patients from children to presbyopes and beyond, and many opportunities are currently missed. He has a large CL patient base and is keen on imaging and video capture for enhanced patient education. He has been awarded the accolade ”One of The Best Clinical Photographers in the World Today” by Prof Nathan Efron and regularly supplies images for lectures, magazine articles and publications worldwide. His work in contact lenses has included collaborative clinical trials with Eurolens Research, Visioncare Research Ltd and OTG Research & Consultancy. He has been a Key Opinion Leader and Clinical Advisor to virtually all the contact lens manufacturers and many of the technology and instrument companies over the years and has participated in launching many new products into the global market. He lectures internationally on business, imaging technology, dry eye and contact lens topics, all based on real life experience in the consulting room. Evangelically he has been trying to spread the concept of charging proper fees and business development following the implementation of a Care Plan System in his own practice many years ago. When voted “Best in Show” at a Bausch & Lomb Global Symposium many years ago, Brian learnt that people retain more by being entertained while being educated and so since that time his lectures and workshops have been interactive and fun, sometimes even hilarious, but always informative. He is maybe Optometry’s best known EDUTAINER.

Dr Holland MD

is the Director of Cornea Services at Cincinnati Eye Institute and Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr Holland has been awarded the Castroviejo Award from the Cornea Society in 2013. He has also received both the Senior Achievement Award and The Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He formerly served as the President for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery from 2011-2012. He was awarded the Binkhorst Medal by the ASCRS in 2008. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and as the Secretary for the AAO’s Annual Meeting. He was awarded the AAO’s Life Achievement Honor Award in 2012 and has received both the Senior Achievement Award and The Honor Award. Dr Holland is the past president of the Cornea Society and past president of the Eye Bank Association of America and was awarded the 2002 Paton Society Award by the EBAA.

Ben Ashby
BOptom (hons) PhD GradCertOcTher UNSW

Ben graduated in Optometry in 1999 from the University of New South Wales and has since worked in franchise optometry, private practice, corporate optometry, eye research and education. His doctorial studies were in the field of corneal epithelial wound healing and the development of therapeutic agents to promote recovery of the injured eye with additional research interests in ocular pharmacology, tear film proteins and the management of anterior segment ocular pathology. His publications appear in peer reviewed journals and he maintains membership in several optometric research and educational societies. Ben has presented his work at international conferences and continues toprovide optometry education at the undergraduate and graduate level. Previously Ben has enjoyed academic positions lecturing undergraduates in Ocular Therapeutics and clinical supervision of optometry students in university clinics. Furthermore he has experience in professional services, store management and regional management. He is currently the Optometry Development Manager for Specsavers with responsibility for optometry student clinical placements, support of new graduates and the professional advancement of 750 optometrists across 350 stores. Other activities include being the course convenor for the UNSW Graduate Ocular Therapeutics course and a supervisor of honours Research Projects in the areas of infectious diseases and tear film markers. In his spare time he fights a constant battle between his love of food, love of computer games and making time to exercise.

  • Diagnosis of Corneal and External Disease Infections
  • Therapeutic intervention for Contact Lens Papillary Conjunctivitis
  • Osteo-odonto keratoprosthesis (OOKP) surgery in end-stage corneal disorders
  • Contact lens complications – what to do when things go wrong
  • Keratoconus 
  • The future of keratoconus treatment 
  • Limbal Stem Cell Dysfunction 
  • Evidence for contact lens aftercare regime frequency 
  • The Unhappy Multifocal IOL Patient 
  • Contact lens cases 
  • Reducing endothelial cell loss in Endothelial Keratoplasty 
  • Fuchs’ Dystrophy and Cataract 
  • Corneal Biomechanics in KC: the Influence of Keratoplasty Technique 
  • Abnormal stromal protein 
  • Characteristics of corneas unable to wear RGP lenses following keratoplasty 
  • Torted toricity 
  • The Magic and Mystery of Technology 
  • Surgical strategies for success in Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty 
  • DALK vs. PK for Corneal Stromal Disease 
  • Paediatic Aphakia 
  • Therapeutics to promote corneal epithelial wound healing 
  • Corneal confocal imaging in systemic diseases and more 
  • Success rates of contact lens wear following keratoplasty for keratoconic eyes with contact lens intolerance prior to surgery 
  • Contact lens for colour deficiency
  • Contact Lenses Why Would you NOT 
  • Demodex: the demon in dry eye 
  • Management of Contact Lens Related Inflammation and Infection 
  • Reducing myopia progression with low dose atropine eyedrops: the ATOM Trials