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Accessing Retinal Images 

From 1st May 2018, pages which feature retinal images will only be available to BARS members. Anyone navigating to one of these pages will be prompted to log in to the website using their registered e-mail address and password. Once logged in, you will be able to freely navigate all pages of the BARS website.
Pages affected by this change will include the monthly 'R2 or Not?' challenge and our image galleries of retinal images.


BARS Conference 2018

The 18th Annual BARS Conference

27th - 28th September 2018

Marriott Hotel City Centre, Bristol

BARS Council are pleased to announce that the 2018 BARS Conference will be held in Bristol at the Marriott Hotel City Centre, approx 0.6 miles from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station.  Access is also available via Bristol Airport.  Bus Service – Bristol Airport Flyer: Transport between the airport and Bristol City Centre.  Bus stops at Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and Bristol Bus and Coach Station.  £11.00 return – tickets available online or from kiosk outside airport.  To book please click here:

The BARS 2018 Conference Programme is available by clicking here or by scrolling down to the resources section. This programme is still only a draft version and details are subject to change.  Final version will follow soon.

Registration opens at 10:00 hrs on 27 September with tea/coffee followed by lunch at 12:00 hrs. The Conference commences with the Chairman's welcome at 13:00 hrs and day one will finish at 17:00 hrs

The Programme Management Meeting will take place from 10:30 to 12 pm on Thursday 27 September.  This is only for delegates attending the main meeting.  Registration for this meeting is required.  Full details are available here.

Workshops: Following the success of the Slit Lamp Workshops at the BARS 2017 conference, BARS are delighted to announce that they will holding 3 different Practical/Discussion Taster Workshops related to Surveillance, with each session covering the following three areas as follows:

  1. Slit Lamp - Based on the practicalities of carrying out a fundus examination using a Volk lens.
  2. Widefield Confocal Imaging - This workshop will describe the benefits of a wider field of view and the advantages of confocal imaging in surveillance, particularly for R2 cases using an Eidon confocal widefield fundus imaging device.
  3. OCT and OCT-A - Focussing on the use of OCT for the detection and management of macular oedema in (early) M1 cases and an introduction to OCTA as a potential tool to monitor non-perfusion in R2 cases.

For full details of these workshops please visit the conferences page by clickng here.

A drinks reception is planned from 19:00 hrs with the Gala Dinner at 20:00 hrs.  Disco for entertainment thereafter.

Day two will commence at 09:00 hrs and Conference will end at 13:15 hrs.

A Failsafe Forum will commence at 13:30 hrs for conference attendees only.  This will last until 16:00 hrs.  A fee of £15 will be charged for those attending this meeting (includes a working sandwich lunch). There are 60 places available.  Registration for this forum is required via the conference link on the BARS conferences page by clicking link below.  Please click here for details.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Education Dept/Professional Standards have awarded the meeting 12 CPD points - Category B. This will be beneficial for any Ophthalmologists attending.

Registration for the 2018 BARS Conference in Bristol is now closed! 

The 2018 BARS Poster Competition

The three winning posters of the 2018 BARS Poster Competition were announced at this year's conference in Bristol with the winners each receiving Amazon vouchers.  The standard and content exceeded expectations and with a total of 11 entries, it was difficult to pick out the individual winners.  The three posters can be viewed below by clicking on the relevant title. 

1st: Sarah Eells from Plymouth DESP

Diabetic Retinopathy R2 Referral Audit

2nd: Emma Davis and Jo Thompson from Bristol DESP

 Reaching More People - Update Success at an Inner City Surgery

3rd: Louise Batten from South East London DESP

AWOL - Factors Underlying Incomplete Screening Appointments

The 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition

The two winners of the 2018 BARS/Topcon GB Photography Competition were announced at this year's conference in Bristol.  With a total of 69 entries, the clinical category was won by Steve Pearson from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the artistic category was won by Peng Yong Sim from the Western Eye Hospital in London.  Both winners received a £350 Apple Store Voucher from Topcon GB Ltd who kindly sponsored the competition.  

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                           Photo by Steve Pearson                                                          Photo by Peng Yong Sim


You can now join BARS for free!

At the beginning of this year, BARS Council proposed a change to the association's constitution to allow for the annual membership fee to be abolished. BARS members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this proposal, and following an Extraordinary General Meeting on 6th February 2015, the change has been approved. This means that from 1st April 2015, there has been no charge to become an active member of the British Association of Retinal Screening. For more information about this change, and to join BARS for free, please visit the Membership page.


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