The first instalment of the SCC Online Series 2020 will take place tonight, kicking off a four-month program of virtual presentations, panel discussions and interactive webinars.
The first session, commencing at 7pm Wednesday 29 July, will feature an opening address from Specsavers Australia and New Zealand optometry director Dr Ben Ashby, followed by a presentation by Dr Aanchal Gupta.
As of Monday morning, approximately 550 optometrists, including non-Specsavers professionals, had registered, with that number set to climb in the lead up to the event. Each of the regular monthly sessions are eligible for both Australian CPD Points and New Zealand CD and General Points.
Gupta, a practising ophthalmologist who specialises in cataract, corneal and refractive surgery, will present an interactive session using multiple case studies of patients with combined corneal disease and cataract. The presentation will have a particular emphasis on what refractive outcomes to counsel patients who are facing cataract surgery.
Overall, the SCC Online Series is scheduled to take place until 14 October. It was organised by Specsavers after it decided to postpone the ninth edition of its annual clinical conference, known as SCC9, due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
SCC Online will include a range of virtual presentations, panel discussions and interactive webinars on topics including glaucoma diagnosis and co-management, diabetic retinopathy screening, KeepSight updates and more.
It will also aim to deliver educational content tailored for clinical optometry practice, with a strong supply of therapeutics points available.
Specsavers introduces new online series in lieu of SCC9