More than 400 people have attended the first two Specsavers virtual professional development webinars, hosted by Specsavers in collaboration with ophthalmologist Dr Colin Chan.

Dr Chan, who has volunteered his time and expertise to deliver the series, is an internationally recognised expert in vision correction procedures, including laser eye surgery, refractive lens exchange and laser cataract surgery. He has more than 18 years’ experience as an eye surgeon and specialises in the treatment of corneal conditions.

The four-part program, which commenced at the start of May and will run for the entire month, provides professional development sessions on several key eye health conditions including keratoconus and pterygium. He has expertise in techniques such as corneal ring implants (Intacs and Kerarings), collagen cross-linking and corneal transplants.

The webinars are hosted using Zoom to enable interactive discussion with Dr Chan throughout the session. A full 20 minutes of Q&A followed the first two presentations, with participants submitting questions through the chat functionality.

Specsavers Professional Development Consultant Dr Joseph Paul said the sessions have been highly engaging and full of clinical wisdom, delivered in a way that made it very accessible for optometrists and provided solid takeaway points that attendees could start using in practice immediately. Feedback from participants has been similarly positive with most expressing how useful and informative the sessions have been.

Participants that attended the webinar were also eligible for self-accredited CPD points, with two therapeutic CPD points available for Australian optometrists and one CD credit for NZ-based optometrists (pending confirmation from ODOB).

Non-Specsavers optometrists can still register their interest to attend the final two events in the series, as well as receive access to previous recordings of the webinars.

Specsavers optometrists can also access these resources through the MyCPD portal.