Sound Optometry

Domains: Clinical practice, Communication

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

Episode 12 - Anterior Ocular Lesions - Benign or malignant? Change is significant!

In this episode, we hear from Deborah, a patient diagnosed with a conjunctival melanoma as she recounts her patient journey from being seen by her optometrist, right through to successful treatment at Royal Liverpool University Hospital Oncology Unit. 

Michelle Hanratty then goes on to talk to Professor Heinrich Heimann, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, about lesions of the ocular surface and of the anterior chamber. The interview covers how to recognise pertinent signs of a potentially malignant lesion and the associated risks factors; how to manage such patients; when to monitor and when to refer, and the timelines involved in the patient journey. Investigation and treatment are described and the podcast ends with a final but powerful message about photographing anterior surface lesions.

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Last published: June 2022

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    s.2 Communicate effectively with patients

    • Understand how to explain to the patient the implications of their anterior ocular lesion.
    s.1 Listen to patients and ensure they are at the heart of decisions made about their care

    • Understand how to encourage patients to ask questions and take an active part in the decisions made about the monitoring and/or management of their anterior eye lesion.
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    s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

    • Understand how to identify anterior ocular lesions and offers appropriate advice to patients not requiring referral.
    • Understand how to recognise abnormal anterior ocular lesions and refers when appropriate.
    s.7 Conduct appropriate assessments, examinations, treatments and referrals

    • Understand how to provide or arrange further investigations or treatment for a suspicious anterior ocular lesion. This should be done in a timescale that does not compromise patient safety and care.

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