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This course provides optometrists with instructions on managing patients presenting with acute onset symptoms in two key areas:

  • Sudden loss of vision
  • The painful red eye

It covers the presentation of each condition, what to look for during examination, differential diagnosis, referral steps, further clinical management and any red flag symptoms requiring immediate referral.

Topics: Ischaemic, Optic neuropathy, Retinal artery occlusion, Retinal vein occlusion, Haemorrhage, Ameurosis fugal, Posterior eye, Referral, Treatment, Acute, Anterior uveitis, Glaucoma, Keratitis, CLARE, Contact lenses, Scleritis, Trauma, Cellulitis, Referral, Anterior eye, Ocular disease.

Area of interest: MECS, Anterior eye conditions and acute presentations, Newly qualified.

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This course provides optometrists with instructions on managing patients presenting with acute onset symptoms in two key areas:

  • Neurological problems
  • Other problems eg papilloedema, giant cell arteritis, retinal detachments and blunt trauma

Acute Presentation guides optometrists through the presentation of each condition, what to look for during examination, differential diagnosis, referral steps, further clinical management and any red flag symptoms requiring immediate referral.

Topics: Papilloedema, Optic neuritis, Pupils, Visual fields, Palsy, Nerve, Diplopia, Acute, Treatment, Referral, Retinal detachment, Giant cell arteritis, Trauma, Ischaemic, TIA.

Area of interest: MECS, Anterior eye conditions and acute presentations, Newly qualified.

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Communication Assessment of visual functionOcular Examination

In this programme experts look at how to adapt the routine eye check when examining elderly patients including communication, ocular examination and refraction. It provides guidance on techniques to use and how best to modify an examination to ensure that elderly patients get the highest level of care and their individual needs are addressed.

Topics: Communication, Ocular examination, Refraction, Binocular vision, Charts, Pupils, Visual fields, Legal, Visual assessment, Retinoscopy, Ophthalmoscopy, LogMAR, Contrast sensitivity.

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Communication Assessment of visual function

Using expert advice and insights, this course guides optometrists through all aspects of carrying out domiciliary eye examinations, including useful facts and tips on planning and arranging visits, effective communication, legal requirements, necessary equipment and adapting clinical techniques to meet the needs of patients being examined in their own homes or care homes.

Topics: Legal, Care home, Dementia, Communication, Safeguarding, Vulnerable adults, Lighting, Disability, Record keeping, Visual assessment.

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Communication Professional ConductOcular DiseaseVisual function

'A Day in the Life' takes optometrists into the world of their older patients, helping them to understand some of the challenges of living with changing vision, covering topics such as lighting, driving, mobility and nutrition. 

Topics: Ageing eye, Lighting, Falls, Mobility, Nutrition, Diet, Low vision, Driving, AREDS, Psychology, Vision loss.

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Communication Professional Conduct

A comprehensive overview of Charles Bonnet syndrome, based on the latest research. Includes advice on identifying the condition, addressing the topic with patients, appropriate management steps and what can be done to help sufferers. 

Topics: AMD, Ageing eye, Low vision, Dementia, Hallucinations, Psychology, Vision loss, Dominic ffytche.

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Communication Professional ConductAssessment of visual function

This programme provides guidance on the challenges in communication that optometrists may face and strategies that can be used to improve their services to older patients.

Topics: Vulnerable adults, Dementia, Disability, Verbal, Questions, Language, Advice, Recommendations, Ageing, Psychological, Anxiety, Cognitive.

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CommunicationOcular disease imageAssessment of Visual Function
This programme looks at the effects of ageing on a normal, healthy eye, including aspects of anatomy and visual performance. It also considers the identification, investigation and management of common ocular abnormalities that may be encountered in everyday practice. 

Topics: Visual assessment, Anterior eye, Posterior eye, Visual fields, Contrast sensitivity, Referral, Fundus, Dry eye, Glaucoma, Cataract, AMD, Visual acuity.

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CommunicationProfessional ConductOcular Disease

This programme updates and refreshes optometrists' understanding of common age-related systemic diseases and their impact on the eye. Includes guidance on the effects of various medications, appropriate investigation and patient management.

Topics: Diabetes, Hypertension, Neurological, Inflammatory, Arthritis, Medication, Heart disease, Malignant, Parkinsons, Vascular, Smoking, Dementia.

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Professional Conduct

Professor Dave Elliott of the University of Bradford explains the important role optometrists can play in helping to prevent falls in older patients.

Topics: Falls, Spectacles, Lenses, Dispensing, Mobility, Lighting, Multifocals, Low vision, Ageing Eye, Vision loss.

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This programme examines the causes of AMD and the risk factors, the aetiology and physiology of AMD, examination techniques, existing and new treatments and strategies for management.

Topics: Macula, Ageing eye, Low vision, AREDS, Vision loss, Retina, Drusen, Treatment, Amsler, Referrals, Wet, Dry, Charles Bonnet syndrome, NICE, Anti-VEGF, Retinal pigment epithelium, OCT

Area of interest: MECS

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Communication  Standards of practice  

Communication skills are a vital part of your clinical practice. This course is a filmed workshop using skilled actors with an audience of real optometrists. It introduces different aspects of clinical communication and demonstrates how developing your knowledge and skills in communicating effectively with your patients will help you run a successful and safe optometric practice.

Topics: Advice, Verbal, Referral, Anxiety, Complaints, Questions, Language,  Recommendations, Psychology.

 

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Ocular Examination

This programme looks at the application of three advanced clinical investigative techniques and shows how to undertake and interpret van Herick technique,  the use of slit lamp and indirect lenses for assessment of the fundus and how to measure intraocular pressure using a contact technique.

Topics: Tonometry, Slit lamp, Gonioscopy, Volk, BIO, van Herick, IOP, Anaesthetic, Dilation, Goldmann, Glaucoma.

Area of interest: MECS


Examining Children

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Assessment of visual functionCommunicationStandards of practice

Many optometrists are reluctant to examine children, particularly pre-school children. For many this is the result of imagined difficulty and possibly lack of confidence. For the optometrists contributing to this programme, examining a child patient is no more difficult than an adult; in fact in many cases they feel it is easier.  It can certainly be very rewarding.

Topics: Binocular vision, Refraction, Cycloplegic, Stereopsis, Charts, Retinoscopy, Amblyopia, Paediatric, Communication, Safeguarding.

Flashes & Floaters

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CommunicationProfessional ConductProfessional Conduct

This programme looks at the symptoms of flashes and floaters and provides guidance for optometrists on assessment and appropriate management of patients, including referral decisions.

Topics: Retinal detachment, Posterior vitreous detachment, Migraine, Schafer's sign, Tobacco dust, Dilation, Volk, Headset BIO, Referral, Slit lamp, Vitreous, Newly qualified.

Area of interest: MECS

Glaucoma

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Standards of practice

This programme outlines the key facts about glaucoma, covering the definitions, classifications, pathophysiology, incidence, associations, risk factors, assessment, investigation, referral, management and treatment of glaucoma. Expert advice is provided by Dr Robert Harper, John Tickner and Leon Au.

Topics: Anterior chamber, Intra-ocular pressure (IOP), Visual fields, Treatment, Van Herricks, Gonioscopy, Pachymetry, OCT, Referral, Open angle, Closed angle, Ocular hypertension.

Area of interest: MECS

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Following a typical high street optometric practice as they prepare for a hygiene inspection, this training course provides optometrists with clear guidance on identifying and managing hygiene risks and hazards. 

Topics: Waste, Disinfection, Infection, Disposal, Decontamination, WHO, Legal, Health and safety.

On the Record

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CommunicationStandards of practice

It is essential that optometrists keep good clinical records, not only as part of good practice, but also because the GOC considers that failure to keep acceptable and adequate records constitutes impaired fitness to practice. This training resource aims to provide clear guidance for optometric practitioners in the art of good record keeping, and looks at what the serious implications can be when adequate records are not kept.

Topics: Record keeping, Referral, Legal, Retinal detachment, Flashes, Floaters, Fitness to practice, GOC, Communication.

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This series takes a close look at the effects of our modern lifestyle on the eye, focusing on smoking, UV light exposure, nutrition and driving. This course discusses the current legal requirement for driving, important new research highlighting both the visual and cognitive influences upon driving ability, and then reviews the legal responsibility of the optometrist when standards are not achieved.

Topics: Vision standards, Patient confidentiality, Data protection, Contrast sensitivity, Cognitive, Reaction times, DVLA, Class 1, Class 2, Visual fields, Acuity, Newly qualified.

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This series takes a close look at the effects of our modern lifestyle on the eye, focusing on smoking, UV light exposure, nutrition and driving. The aim of this course is to emphasise the link between poor nutrition and certain eye disorders and to establish how best to communicate accurate and relevant information.

Topics: Supplementation, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Record keeping, Newly qualified.

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