Scientific content of paper

Papers should be related to paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, strabismus surgery and vision assessment. However, those with a related interest will also be considered.


Format of Abstract

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should be typewritten in the spaces provided on the online form.  Please ensure that all sections of the forms are completed, and all questions are answered.  Incomplete forms or incorrectly completed forms will not be accepted.


Principal Author

The principal author is deemed to be the first named author who is the submitting author; and the person who is responsible for the abstract and for registering to attend the meeting if the abstract has been accepted as either a free paper or an e-poster


Author Listing

The only acceptable listing is in the following format.  The first author listed should be the principal author.


A C Smith (C), B Smith (O), C A Smith (CF)

I.E. First name initial(s) followed by surname followed by your grade / job title in abbreviated form in brackets using the legend below


Legend: (C) = Consultant, (O) = Orthoptist, (T) = Trainee, (CF) = Clinical Fellow, (CL) = Clinical Lecturer, (CRF) = Clinical Research Fellow, (F) = Fellow,  (FD) = Foundation Doctor, (L) = Lecturer, (MS) = Medical Student, (N) = Nurse, (Op) = Optometrist, (P) = Professor, (RA) = Research Associate, (RF) = Research Fellow, (RO) = Research Orthoptist, (SAS) = Specialty Doctor, (SL) = Senior Lecturer, (o) = other


Institution Listing

The only acceptable listing is the principal institution where the research work was undertaken


Scheme of work

Abstracts should follow the schemes outlined below.  There is no need to include the headings in your abstract.

For case series, studies and audits: introduction, methods, results, discussion, significance / conclusion

For interesting case reports: history, clinical findings, management, result / outcome, conclusion


Completing the form sections

All sections must be completed and a current email address must be provided.  You are required to let us know about the interest that ANY of the authors may have in the research work undertaken.   Please let us know which section you are submitting your abstract to and whether it is to be considered for a free paper presentation, e-poster or both



You will receive an automated email if your abstract has been successfully submitted to our server.  It is your responsibility to check that we have received your abstract submission. Confirmation or otherwise of acceptance of the paper, and all associated documents will be sent to the email address you provide, so please include a valid and reliable email address



If your abstract has been accepted as an e-poster we will send you more detailed information on the format and submission nearer the time.  The principal author is acknowledged to be the first named author on the e-poster who must register to attend at least one day of the meeting.  Failure to register will result in non-display of the e-poster and removal from the final programme


Free Paper Presentation

The principal author (the first named author) must register, pay the appropriate fee and present the paper. The exact timing / and format will be decided dependent on the number of submissions and programme time.  Your abstract may be allocated as either a free paper or as a rapid-fire paper.  We will send registration information nearer the time if your abstract has been accepted as a free paper or rapid-fire free paper.  Only those abstracts accepted as a free paper will be considered for one of the presentation prizes on offer – there are two categories of prize: one for medics in training and one for orthoptists or early career non-medic researchers.


You must provide your PowerPoint presentation in advance of the meeting for pre-loading onto the presentation computers. We will send more detailed audiovisual information nearer the time.  Failure to provide your presentation by the deadline will mean that unfortunately it will not be included on the day.  Please do not ask to amend your PowerPoint presentation after it has been submitted


Abstract Prize

To encourage early career orthoptists and / or non-medic early career researchers to submit abstracts to participate in the annual meeting, the Trustees have agreed to waive the meeting registration fee for two individuals who are deemed to have submitted the best abstracts.  The prizes will be awarded to the highest ranked abstracts submitted by early career orthoptists / non-medics early career researchers only.  In addition to the waiver of the registration fee, the Society will provide a modest travel bursary to go towards the winner's travel / accommodation to attend the meeting; the amount to be determined.  All submissions must follow the guidance laid down and be submitted before the deadline.  Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.


Submission & Deadline

Please use the online form and submit by the deadline of 10 am on Friday 12th April 2019.