About this event

  • Date and time Thu 10 Dec 2020 from 12:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

This year's Squint Forum webinar will update delegates on current thinking behind the early management of various conditions which the paediatric specialist will see in clinic. Recognised experts in their field will review the potential necessity, benefits or drawbacks that early treatments may present for the below conditions.

Topics include:

  • Early Treatment for paediatric cataract
  • Early Treatment for ptosis

  • Early Treatment for infantile esotropia

  • Early Treatment for amblyopia

In addition to the key speakers below, the winner of this year's Squint Forum Prize will also be giving a special presentation. This webinar will benefit all those who see children as part of their clinical practise and keep them up to date with current thinking and management.

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This is a pre-recorded webinar which will be made available to participants on the day of this event.

Key speakers

Ms Lola Solebo

National Institute for Health Research Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health London

Speaker's biography

Ms Lola Solebo is a post-graduate Epidemiologist and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist.


Her research interests include the predictors of outcome for children with eye disease, and the translation of these findings into clinical practice and health policy

Ms Rajni Jain

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare 

Speaker's biography

Rajni Jain is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic surgeon, who is the lead of the Oculoplastic Unit at the Western Eye Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare and adnexal sub specialty lead at Hillingdon and Mount Vernon Hospitals. Her sub-specialties are oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery. She has special interests in paediatric adnexal disease and tumour reconstruction.
Miss Jain has developed close links with multidisciplinary colleagues and shares many patients with ENT, dermatology, paediatrics and endocrinology. She is a founder of the North west London thyroid MDT. She graduated from Guys and St Thomas Hospital, and holds a scholarship from the Guild of Barber Surgeons.

Miss Jain underwent fellowship training in lacrimal, orbital and oculoplastic surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital and a paediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Moorfields eye hospital and Great Ormond street Hospital. She also underwent specialist fellowship training in oculoplastic and plastic surgery at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. These fellowships encompasses paediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastic surgery and plastic facial surgery including complex reconstruction and aesthetics.

Miss Jain leads national teaching and training at a high level and was chair of “Training the trainers” at The Royal College until very recently.

She is now The Royal College lead for Community Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology in General practice.
Rajni has co-authored several peer reviewed research papers and is part of the Imperial College Oculoplastic Research Group.

Mr Damien Yeo

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Alder Hey Hospital

Speaker's biography

Damien Yeo graduated from the University of Manchester in 2008. He completed his ophthalmic specialist training in Wales before undertaking paediatric ophthalmology fellowships in Cardiff and London. He is currently a Consultant in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus where he splits his time between Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and St Paul’s Eye Unit. He has specialist interests in paediatric cataracts, paediatric retinal conditions, retinopathy of prematurity, genetic eye disease, rare congenital anomalies and all nature of strabismus.

One of his favourite projects is the national British Ophthalmic Surveillance Unit study on Essential Infantile Esotropia in the United Kingdom where they looked at the incidence, clinical features, and treatment outcomes of this infantile strabismus. He has multiple publications and has presented nationally and internationally on paediatric ophthalmology research. He is regularly involved in teaching and was previously a college examiner and a faculty member of the RCOphth microsurgical skills course. He was the founder of the Welsh Ophthalmic Trainees Society.

Damien is keen to learn about and adopt innovative ways of working into paediatric ophthalmology. He is passionate about a sustainable future, which he strongly believes will involve tele-ophthalmology, artificial intelligence, digital solutions and the up-skilling of all allied health professionals.

Professor Helen Davis

Head of Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Health Sciences School, University of Sheffield

Speaker's biography

Helen’s first job was as a clinical Orthoptists at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Whilst there she took teaching her qualifications and became an Orthoptic Teacher later being promoted to Senior Teacher. Helen relocated from Manchester to the University of Sheffield as senior lecturer in 1991 to set up the BMedSci programme in Orthoptics. During this time she co-authored the text book Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Motility Disorders with Alec Ansons in 2000 with a fourth edition in 2014. In collaboration with Professor John Frisby she designed the distance stereotest, the FD2. Helen was received a personal chair in Orthoptics in 2012. 

Dr Helena Lee

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Helena Lee is an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital. She specialises in neuro-ophthalmology, paediatrics and strabismus and has an international research reputation in the area of infantile nystagmus, paediatric retinal development and optical coherence tomography (OCT). She has researched the effects of idiopathic infantile nystagmus, achromatopsia and albinism on retinal development and was awarded the Fight for Sight Award in 2015 for her work on normal retinal development. More recently, she was awarded a £1.4 million Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinician Scientist Fellowship grant to investigate: The role of Oral Levodopa in improving Visual development in Infants and young children with Albinism (the OLIVIA study).


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Welcome and introduction

Miss Gill Adams, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Early treatment for paediatric cataract: Is it a good idea?

Ms Ameenat Lola Solebo, National Institute for Health Research Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health London

Congenital ptosis: Treatment and timing

Ms Rajni Jain, Consultant Ophthalmic & Oculoplastic Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare 

Early treatment for infantile esotropia: A good idea?

Mr Damien Yeo, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Early treatment for amblyopia: Is it a good idea and can we make up for lost time?

Professor Helen Davis, Head of Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Health Sciences School, University of Sheffield

Squint forum prize presentation - 'Proof of concept for oral Levodopa treatment in rescuing retinal morphology and visual function in a murine model of human albinism'

Dr Helena Lee, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist, University of Southampton and Southampton General Hospital

Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.