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Welcome to DOCET’s new podcast Sound Optometry, hosted by Michelle Hanratty, an IP optometrist with 20 years’ experience on the high street and in hospital. Each month, we will be exploring topics with case studies and in-depth conversations that matter the most to you as optometrists and are relevant for everyday practice.

Episode 1 - Ocular allergies

In the first episode, we hear first from a community pharmacist who discusses the approach he takes when dealing with patients who complain of ocular allergy as well as managing the expectations of patients that have been to see their optometrist. In the main part, Michelle Hanratty discusses the topic of ocular allergy and in particular, seasonal allergic conjunctivitis: its presentation and potential treatment, with optometrist Dr Peter Frampton from Aaron Optometrists.

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Last published: December 2020

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    Optometrist Learning Objectives

    • 1.1.1 To be able to elicit the detail and relevance of any significant symptoms relating to ocular allergy.

    • 2.10.1 Work collaboratively with pharmacists and GPs in the best interests of the patient, to ensure prompt access to treatment by communicating clearly and effectively.

    • 6.1.2 To be able to interpret and investigate the presenting symptoms of a patient with ocular allergy.

    • 6.1.4 Identifies external pathology relating to ocular allergy and offers appropriate advice and/or treatment to patients not requiring referral.

    Therapeutic Learning Objectives

    • 1.1.1 Understands ocular allergy, the natural progress and how to assess severity.

    • 2.1.1 Takes an appropriate medical history pertinent to ocular allergy which includes prescribed and non-prescribed medicines, intolerances and known allergies.

    • 2.1.6 Considers all treatment options for ocular allergy including no treatment, non-pharmacological interventions, and medicines usage.
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