By May Wong Ek Su, SIECRC

The Singapore Primary Eye Care Symposium (SPECS) 2017, held on 11-12 September 2017 in One Farrer Hotel & Spa, was a two-day conference which focused on important primary eye care topics such as examination techniques, common ocular diseases, binocular vision, practice management and medicolegal issues. The conference aimed to build on existing skills and advance the profession with the ultimate aim of improving the standard of primary eye care in the community. The conference was well-received by delegates and industry leaders.

In conjunction with SPECS, the Primary Eye Care Coaching Programme (PECCP) was launched to offer optometrist delegates of SPECS 2017 a personalised one-to-one (or one-to-a few) ophthalmologist-to-optometrist(s) coaching programme. The knowledge that delegates have gained from the symposium will be put into practice at PECCP. The participants of the coaching programme will interact with their assigned ophthalmologist coach over at least 6 one-hour sessions within a 3-month period. Dr Ajeet Madhav Wagle, Dr Joy Chan and Dr Au Eong Kah Guan, all senior consultants from International Eye Cataract Retina Centre, are coaches of PECCP.

The participants of PECCP will have a chance to have hands-on experience with diagnostic equipment and ophthalmic products, learn examination techniques, discuss cases with their coach and observe live surgery demonstration. The participants will also be offered some trial products (eg, ocular lubricants, lid wipes, etc) and loan equipment (eg, fundus camera, optical coherence tomography, etc) in order to assist them in their training and help shift their practice towards a more clinical primary eye care model.

SPECS 2018 will comprise a one-day programme in Mandarin on 27 March 2018 and a two-day event in English on 18-19 July 2018. Optometrists who are interested to participate in the free PECCP must have attended SPECS which will cover the basics of primary eye care before embarking on the coaching programme. Enquiries about PECCP can be directed to pecce.sg@gmail.com.