Flashes and Floaters: A masterclass for Optometrists and Allied Health Professionals

Join us for a 45 minute lecture from one of the UK’s foremost viteoretinal surgeons at the world renowned Moorfields eye hospital. Dr Paul Sullivan has been a consultant ophthalmologist for 23 years and specialises in all aspects of vitreoretinal surgery. The Moorfields viteoretinal service sees over 10,000 viteoretinal cases per year.

In this free exciting webinar, Dr Sullivan will go through the causes of symptomatic vitreous opacities with guidelines for management and referral. Illustrative case histories will be presented.

You will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions after the presentation.

Chaired by Dr Gordon Hay, Service Director A&E/Urgent Care Services and Deputy Director of Education, Moorfields Education.

Where and when

Friday 6th January from 18:00 - 19:00 on Zoom.

A link will be shared with registered participants nearer the time.


Start Date Friday 6th January 2023, 18:00 - 19:00
Duration 60 minutes

Course fees



Taught by


Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan is a vitreoretinal surgeon and Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He worked as a research fellow in the Diabetic Eye Unit at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. His clinical ophthalmology training was in London and in Southampton under Professor Andrew Elkington, who stimulated his interest in medical education. He has been a consultant at Moorfields since 1997 and was the clinical lead for vitreoretinal surgery from 1999 until 2006, when he took over from John Lee as Director of Education. His major research interest is in complications of cataract and vitreoretinal surgery and he has published many papers in this area. His educational interests are microsurgical skills training, faculty development and elearning. He has set up a not-for-profit publishing company, Eyelearning, which distributes free interactive e-textbooks on ophthalmic microsurgical techniques (see also www.eyelearning.co.uk). eBooks on trauma and vitreoretinal and phacoemulsification surgery are available now. He is a Board member of the Moorfields-Korle Bu partnership and has worked with the West African College of Surgeons on curriculum and faculty development. As well as various ophthalmology educational roles he was elected to the Council of NACT in 2010. He received an achievement award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2013.

Gordon Hay

Gordon Hay has worked in Ocular Oncology for 20 years. He first worked with Mr John Hungerford & Dr Judith Kingston in the Ocular Oncology and Retinoblastoma Services at Bart's Hospital having undertaken his basic training in Ophthalmology/Ocular Oncology at Barts & The London. Dr Hay then had a career break in Australia - where he spent several years as a single-handed flying doctor and rural Medical Superintendent and Government Medical Officer in Queensland. He returned to the UK in 2004 to take up a post in Adult Ocular Oncology at Barts Hospital. In January 2015 he moved to the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital where he specialises in A&E (Emergency Ophthalmology) and Ocular Oncology - working in Mandeep Sagoo’s Professorial Ocular Oncology Unit. For many years Dr Hay ran the Ophthalmology component of the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine. He also has 16 years' experience of teaching/lecturing to Ophthalmology trainees, Optometrists and GPs on all aspects of clinical care and examination skills. Gordon has been the clinical director of the Emergency Department since November 2019. He lectures widely to Ophthalmic trainees and optometrists on Ocular Oncology and A&E in the United Kingdom. He also has a keen interest in primary care ophthalmology and Community Optometry Service Delivery and is a keen proponent in up-skilling in the community setting. Gordon is the Service Director for A&E/Urgent Care Services at Moorfields Eye Hospital and in February 2020, was appointed Deputy Director of Education at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. He also lectures on the UCL M.Sc. in Ophthalmology Course in Emergency Ophthalmology and Ocular Oncology and runs the UCL Summer School in Ophthalmology. Dr Hay has won numerous awards over the past few years in his A&E role and has successfully transitioned his department into the digital sphere. Moorfields A&E Has garnered 5 major national awards for Emergency Eye care - including Health Service Journal Top A&E department in the UK, Second top for trainee education in the UK, and UCL as top higher institution in the world to study ophthalmology. He is a keen proponent in upskilling ancillary staff and has incorporated advanced nursing and optometrists practitioners into the A&E setting. His department has also won three digital awards for the Attend Anywhere virtual A&E service. In September 2022 he became Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.