Communication Assessment of visual functionOcular Examination                                

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In this programme three experts look at all aspects of a routine eye examination on older patients in community practice. They explain how to adapt the routine to the additional requirements of elderly patients, how to make the examination more relevant and effective and how to understand the results obtained. 

The programme provides guidance on all aspects in a routine eye examination, looking at ways to adapt refraction and examination techniques to be able to offer the best advice to elderly patients.

The sections covered include: history and symptoms, vision and charts, pupil assessment, binocular tests, refraction, ocular examination, supplementary tests and advice.

The programme is particularly suitable for newly qualified optometrists and optometrists returning from extended breaks. 

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    • 1.2.2 To improve the communication with elderly patients, who may be confused, during routine eye examinations.
    • 2.7.1 To improve the understanding of how to adapt a consultation with elderly patients, adapting both communication and the examination to their individual needs.
    • 3.1.3 To be able to understand how to obtain the best view of the fundus in elderly people and the normal findings when examining the ageing retina with an OCT.
    • 7.1.1 To understand how to adapt objective and subjective refraction methods to obtain the best prescription for elderly patients.
    • 7.1.5 To improve the understanding of how to adapt an eye examination when examining an elderly patient in practice, specialist charts that are available and how to give appropriate advise relating to lighting and contrast.

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      DOCET would like to thank the following for their contribution to this programme:
      • Tina Patel
      • Kalpna Theophilus
      • Catherine Viner
      • Mandy Whitman
      • Optometry Department, University of Hertfordshire
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