About this event

  • Date and time Thu 9 Dec 2021 from 12:00pm to 2:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Ophthalmology

This year's annual Squint Forum webinar will update delegates on the field of neuro-ophthalmology. Expert speakers will join us to explore many topics in relation to neuro-ophthalmology, updates and changes in the field, and much more.

During this webinar you will:

  • Be aware of what are red flag signs that might indicate serious neuro-ophthalmology disease in a patient 
  • Learn which tests and investigations may be required in managing patients with possible neuro-ophthalmological disease 
  • Understand about signs and symptoms of chiasmal disorders 
  • Be aware of the visual impairments that may occur after brain injury

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 have an interest in Ophthalmology, Neuro-ophthalmology, and Neurology.

Join in the conversation online by using #RSMSquintForum2021 
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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

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Mr Michael Burdon

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary and Bishop Auckland Hospital

Speaker's biography

Mr Burdon qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1985. He undertook postgraduate training in medicine in Oxford, ophthalmology in Birmingham, Brisbane and London, and neuro-ophthalmology at St Thomas’ Hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Moorfields Eye Hospital. In 1997 he was appointed as a Consultant in Birmingham with a remit to establish a supra-regional neuro-ophthalmology service. This service now has a world-wide reputation with seven Consultants and two Fellows, and has trained 22 Fellows from around the United Kingdom and overseas. In 2021 he moved to take up a part-time post in Newcastle and Bishop Auckland. Mr Burdon is an internationally recognised lecturer/educator with particular links to East Africa and Australia. He has delivered four named lectures, and co-authored books and book chapters including ‘The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide’. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has acted as external examiner for Aston University, Leicester University, Tumaini University, Tanzania, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the College of Ophthalmologists of East, Central and Southern Africa. Mr Burdon has undertaken clinical research throughout his career, most notably in regards to papilloedema and idiopathic intracranial hypertension and has published over 40 peer reviewed papers. Mr Burdon was appointed West Midlands Representative on the Council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2010, became Vice-President and Chair of the Scientific Committee in 2014, and elected President of the College in 2017. He has held a variety of other management and leadership roles including Chairman of the NICE Cataract and Diabetic Retinopathy Guideline Development Committees, President of the Midlands Ophthalmological Society, and Treasurer and Council member of the Oxford Ophthalmological Society.

Dr Ailbhe Burke

Consultant Neurologist, Moorfields and The Royal Free Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Burke is a Consultant Neurologist, specialising in Neuro-Ophthalmology. She studied at the University of Cambridge before specialising in Neurology in London. Dr Burke undertook Neuro-Ophthalmology training at Queen Square & in Melbourne Australia before taking up the Moorfields Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship. She was appointed substantively as a Consultant thereafter. Dr Burke has led on the establishment of the Virtual Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at the Royal Free to meet the challenges of the COVID19 pandemic & is working collaboratively to set up a similar service at Moorfields. She believes in collaborative, consultative practice & research, and thinks best when running.

Miss Brinda Muthusamy

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Miss Brinda Muthusamy is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a subspecialty interest in Neuro-ophthalmology and Paediatric Ophthalmology. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1998 and started her training in General Medicine in Oxford, followed by comprehensive higher surgical training in Ophthalmology at Cambridge and Bristol.  Advanced Fellowship training was completed at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins, USA. She is a full time Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals since 2013, treating children’s eye disease, paediatric inflammatory eye disease and all aspects of neuro-ophthalmology. She obtained Membership to the Royal College of Physicians in 2002, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2010.  She is a member of the UK Neuro-ophthalmology Society, North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society; Member of the British Medical Association and is fully registered and revalidated by the General Medical Council.

Margaret Dayan

Miss Margaret Dayan

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary

Speaker's biography

Miss Margaret Dayan is a Consultant Ophthalmologist, Neuro-ophthalmology Clinical Service Lead at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and an Associate Clinical Lecturer, Newcastle University. She is also the Secretary of the British Isles Neuro-ophthalmology Club (BINOC) and Committee Member of the UK Neuro-ophthalmology Society (UKNOS). Miss Dayan graduated from Oxford and trained in Leeds and the Northern Region before undertaking a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology and ocular motility in Oxford. She has a large and complex clinical practice and her subspecialist interests are neuro-ophthalmology, adult ocular motility and botulinum toxin treatment. She also works closely with the regional neurorehabilitation service and sees patients with visual impairment (including higher cognitive visual dysfunction) secondary to brain injuries.Miss Dayan previously instigated and ran the Newcastle Course on Orbital and Neuro-Imaging for Ophthalmology, teaches on the Newcastle Cadaveric Strabismus course, has convened seminars and Annual Congress sessions for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and is a regular speaker on neuro-ophthalmology at national meetings. She is the Neuro-ophthalmology Section Editor of the Health Education England eLearning for Health Website.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Miss Gill Adams, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital

Red flag signs in neuro-ophthalmology

Mr Michael Burdon, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary and Bishop Auckland Hospital

Neuro investigations: What, why and when

Dr Ailbhe Burke, Consultant Neurologist, Moorfields and The Royal Free Hospital

Disorders of the chiasm

Miss Brinda Muthusamy, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Visual impairment secondary to brain injury

Miss Margaret Dayan, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary

Squint Forum Prize presentation: Near reflex spasm - should we stop all treatment attempts?

Mrs Janice Hoole, Head of Orthoptics, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

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.