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 Physiology & Pathology - Systemic

Physiology & Pathology - Systemic is one of the modules forming 'Part 1 Assessment' in DOCET's series 'The Ageing Eye' and is designed as a companion piece to 'Physiology & Pathology - Ocular'.

This programme aims to refresh and update optometrists' understanding of common age-related systemic diseases and their effects on the eye. Each type of systemic condition is considered in turn and includes a look at the ocular effects of medications regularly encountered with older patients. The programme features expert advice and guidance from a GP, an ophthalmologist and an optometrist.

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    • 1.1.1 To improve understanding of the relevance of general health and systemic medications on ocular health and the importance of a full history and symptoms.
    • 1.2.3 To improve understanding of how to explain to an older patient the importance of systemic disease and its impact on eye health.
    • 2.6.2 To improve the understanding of referral pathways and the role of different professionals in the care of a patient with systemic and ocular disease.
    • 6.1.1 To improve the understanding of the risk factors for common ocular conditions in the older population.
    • 6.1.13 To improve the recognition of common ocular conditions associated with systemic diseases in the older population and the appropriate management plan for the patient.
    • 6.1.15 To improve the recognition of ocular adverse reactions to common medications taken for systemic conditions in the older patient.
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        Please note: In this video clip, there is a small error on the visual field plot demonstrating a homonymous hemianopia, where the blind spot in the right eye is marked on the incorrect side of the plot. Please see correct field plot below.

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