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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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 Standards of PracticeOcular Disease

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 major impact of short wavelength and visible light upon the eye and surrounding tissues and considers the best approach to communicate this and to assess any impact.

Topics: Pingueculum, Pterygium, Phototoxicity, Macula, Filters, Sunglasses, Newly qualified.

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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 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 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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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.

No CET Points

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.

 

Examining Children

Guest access

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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.

Glaucoma

Guest access

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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

Guest access

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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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CommunicationProfessional Conduct   

This programme looks in broad terms at the four main ethnic groups in the UK and the predominant eye conditions found within each group.    

Topics: Cultural, Glaucoma, Diabetes, AMD, Diversity, Communication, Interpreters, Language, Equality.

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CommunicationProfessional Conduct

This docu-drama programme explores the condition of dementia and covers the key areas in the management of patients suffering from dementia.

Topics: Legal, Vulnerable adults, Communication, Safeguarding, Alzheimers, Hallucinations, Visual assessment, Cognitive impairment, Domiciliary, Consent, Ageing. 

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This training programme gives practical advice and guidance on using history and symptom taking to enable a full understanding of a patient's needs for work and leisure.  

CommunicationOptical AppliancesOcular DiseaseAssessment of Visual Function

Topics: Dispensing, Lenses, Tints, Multifocals, Driving, Sport, Occupational, Children, Ageing eye, Safety spectacles, Lighting.