I recently had the honour of being asked to speak at the British Contact Lens Association Annual Clinical Conference which this year took place in Manchester.
In 2010 I took part in a research study which involved fitting people with astigmatism with contact lenses, and I was asked to review some case studies for the conference. Although hesitant at first, as the largest group of fellow professionals I had previously spoken to numbered about 30, I agreed, as I was assured I wouldn’t be in the main auditorium.
On the morning of the event, I was probably as nervous as I’ve ever been; I’ve been attending the conference for the last twenty years and have always held the speakers in the very highest esteem, and I was about to join their ranks, so I decided that it might be an idea to have a look at the room I’d be in to maybe calm my nerves – BIG MISTAKE! It was huge; with a massive stage at one end and around 400 delegates listening to the experienced (although I guess he’d had a first time too) speaker.
As my time approached, it was tempting to make a run for it, but after a few calming words from a couple of colleagues I made my way on stage and, amazingly, felt absolutely fine. I delivered my presentation and was quite overwhelmed to receive many complimentary comments from my peers during the rest of the weekend. It would appear that I was now considered an expert in my field.
So, if you’re interested in trying contact lenses, I can probably help you. You can always come in to chat about it but, if you’re game, and ask nicely, I could do the full PowerPoint Presentation for you.
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