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In the first episode of DOCET’s new podcasts Sound Optometry we explore how patients with ocular allergy get clinical advice and treatment. We hear from a community pharmacist who is often the first port of call for an allergy sufferer before Michelle Hanratty discusses ocular allergy in more detail with IP optometrist Dr Peter Frampton.

Topics: Allergic conjunctivitis, Seasonal and perennial allergy, Topical medications and contact lenses, Effective history taking, Remote consultations, Allergy vs adverse reaction.

Area of interest: Independent prescribing

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In the second episode of Sound Optometry, we hear about a clinical scenario where papilloedema was detected in a young girl. Michelle Hanratty then discusses the topic of papilloedema, its presentation, causes and potential treatment with consultant neuro-ophthalmologist Naz Raoof.

Topics: Communication, Neuro-ophthalmology, Optic disc anomalies, Papilloedema, OCT.

Area of interest: MECS

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In the third episode of Sound Optometry, Michelle Hanratty is joined by Stephen Lash, Consultant Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon, and Roshni Kanabar, Clinical and Regulatory Advisor for the Association of Optometrists (AOP), to discuss how to manage suspected retinal detachment. 

Topics: Retinal tear, Retinal detachment, Flashes and floaters, Posterior vitreous detachment, Record keeping, Communication, Referrals.

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Following on from our previous referrals special, this programme aims to show how pathways are developing at both national and local level and includes interviews with key players in developing new approaches to primary care management of eye disease.

Topics: Referral, NICE, Cataracts, AMD, Glaucoma, Local protocol, Emergency, Urgent, Fast-track, Record keeping, Secondary care, Refinement, Filtering, Ocular hypertension, NHS contracted services.

Area of interest: MECS


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This audio programme discusses three areas where recent developments may improve the detection and management of ocular disease - namely selective laser trabeculoplasty treatment, high energy light impulse therapy and macular pigment screening.

Topics: Glaucoma, Ocular hypertension, Laser treatment,  Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), Therapeutic management, Specialist glaucoma services, Dry eye disease, Lid margin therapy, Meibomian gland dysfunction, Telangiectasia, Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, Macular pigments, Maculopathy, Macular degeneration, Pigment density, Haidinger's brushes, Macular screening.

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This audio programme discusses three areas where recent research or guideline changes may improve the detection and management of ocular disease - namely Acanthamoeba keratitis, myopia therapy with low-dose atropine and screening for maculopathy due to the systemic use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

Topics: Acanthamoeba keratitis, Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine, Adverse side effects, Systemic drugs, Maculopathy, Low-dose atropine, Myopia, Myopia therapy, Contact lenses

Area of interest: Independent prescribing

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Always Improving

This audio programme discusses the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in optometry, how it is already incorporated into optometric techniques, how it may support clinical management and referral and how new technologies may be able to support the practitioner in interpreting clinical data.

Topics: Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Clinical management, Referrals, Glaucoma referral refinement, OCT, Bayesian algorithm.

Area of interest: Independent Prescribing 

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This audio programme discusses the very latest in retinal screening techniques and focuses on techniques helping in the early detection of glaucoma, vascular changes, and neuronal degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

Topics: Glaucoma, DARC, Alzheimer's Disease, Sight loss, Retina.

Area of interest: Independent Prescribing

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The initial results of Age‐Related Eye Disease Study 2, or AREDS 2, were announced in May 2013. In this interview Hugh Breakspear speaks to John Lawrenson, Professor of Clinical Optometry at City University, about AREDS 2 and discusses the implications of the reported findings for optometrists and patients.

Topics: AMD, Supplements, Vitamins, Diet, Minerals, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Omega-3, Macular degeneration.

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Rupert Bourne has been raising awareness about a form of Glaucoma especially common in East Asia. Here he compares the disease to other forms of Glaucoma and discusses the treatment options. 

Topics: CAG, Open angle, Gonioscopy, POAG, Neuropathy, Optic nerve, Blind, Visual impairment, Asia.


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Paul Constable talks to Philip Morgan about the different forms of ASD and about how the condition can make it difficult for patients to receive an eye examination. Paul and Philip discuss best practice principles optometrists can follow and ways in which clearer guidance can be given to optometrists in future.

Topics: Disability, Autism, Gaze, Asperger's syndrome, Communication, Language, Eye movements, Saccades, Convergence.


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In the UK, about 4-500 children every year are diagnosed with brain tumours. In this interview, David Cartwright, talks to Professor David Walker, a Paediatric Oncologist at the University of Nottingham, and Clinical Lead of the HeadSmart campaign about the role optometrists can play in identifying these children.

Topics: Headsmart, Cancer, Referral, Intracranial pressure, Headaches, Vomiting, Amblyopia, Squint, Nystagmus, Eye movements.

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A dermatologist discusses the adverse ocular side effects of anti-malarial medications used to treat autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and the duty of care regarding adnexal and facial skin lesions.

First published in DOCET OQ91 (2014).

Topics: Drugs, Malignant, Skin lesions, Adnexa.

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In this update on diabetes and diabetic retinopathy Simon O’Neill outlines the current situation in the UK and Philip Morgan and Mr Robin Hamilton discuss the risk factors for developing retinopathy, and how the existing care system operates.

First published in DOCET OQ92 (2015).

Topics: Diabetic, Retinopathy, Vision loss, Visual impairment, Treatment, Proliferative, Screening, Maculopathy.

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A look at two new technologies aimed at improving diabetic detection and management: the first could enhance current screening techniques, the second may help monitor existing conditions.

First published in DOCET OQ92 (2015).

Topics: Diabetic, Retinopathy, Vision loss, Visual impairment, Proliferative, Screening, Lens, Autofluorescence, 'Smart lens'.

 

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Professor Harminder Dua discusses his groundbreaking discovery of the existence of a new corneal layer and its implications in optometry with Gordon Carson.

First published in DOCET OQ90 (2014).

Topics: Cornea, Collagen, Glaucoma.

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One in five adults habitually smoke - representing a significant part of any optometrist’s patient pool. Susan Cowling talks to Steven Meynell about the range of eye conditions caused and exacerbated by smoking, and how optometrists can deal with the issues raised.

Topics: Lifestyle, Disease, Dry eye, AMD, Macular degeneration, Thyroid, Cataract, Nicotine, Meibomian, Lacrimal.

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Epilepsy Action is a member-led organisation which raises awareness about the condition and provides advice to healthcare professionals. Bob Wilkes interviews Shelley Wagstaff about issues for optometrists to consider when dealing with patients with epilepsy. 

Topics: Seizure, Brain, Trauma, Stroke, Infection, Photosensitive, Recovery.

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Epiretinal membrane is a thin layer of tissue which can grow over the surface of the retina and cause vision problems. Stephen Charles is a vitreoretinal surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and talks to Ian Wallwork about the condition and its treatment.

Topics: Retina, Referral, Vitreoretinal, Micropsia, Visual loss, Visual impairment, Macropsia, Distortion, ERM, Amsler, OCT, Victrectomy.


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In this interview, Polly Dulley asks Professor Rupert Bourne about the implications of the findings of a study of the worldwide causes of vision loss and how they relate to UK optometrists.

First published in DOCET OQ89 (2014).

Topics: Blindness, Incidence, Global, Causes

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