CommunicationOptical AppliancesAssessment of Visual FunctionOcular Disease

No CPD Points

In this session delegates are asked to watch a short video that outlines a case scenario of a 67-year-old patient with cataracts and macula changes. The discussion will then be based around: 

  • Appropriate communication of clinical findings with an anxious patient
  • Suitable management options for this patient other than surgery
  • The impact of low vision on her lifestyle
  • What lifestyle advice could help the patient.

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    The following learning objectives COULD be covered:

    • 1.2.3 To be able to recognise when a patient is anxious and respond appropriately to their concerns and fears by adapting your communication style.
    • 1.2.5 To understand the importance of effective communication with relatives and other healthcare professionals in patients with visual impairment.
    • 2.1.8 To be able to advise and support a patient in making changes to their lifestyle, including stopping smoking.
    • 4.2.1 To explore all options available that could provide the necessary magnification to read comfortably and advise a patient with visual impairment appropriately.
    • 4.1.5 To understand the options available to dispense spectacles for patients requiring UV protection and suffering from glare.
    • 6.1.6 To identify that referral for cataract is not the only management option for this patient and explore alternative options that may suit the patient’s needs. 
    • 6.1.1 To understand that smoking is a risk factor for AMD and cataract and to be able to discuss this with a patient.
    • 7.1.5 To understand the impact of lighting and glare on visual function and to be able to provide solutions to improve the visibility of tasks for patients.

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