Domains: Clinical practice, Communication

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Optometrists regularly observe pigmented retinal and choroidal lesions when examining patients in the community. Being able to differentiate between benign and suspicious lesions that require monitoring or referral is an important clinical skill.

This filmed lecture by consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Professor Heinrich Heimann, that initially took place as a webinar will cover the following points:

  • Basic understanding of the aetiology and epidemiology of retinal and choroidal lesions.
  • Examination techniques (including traditional fundus examination and fields, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, OCT etc).
  • Differential diagnosis of the more common causes including:
    • Choroidal naevus
    • Choroidal melanoma
    • CHRPE
  • Appropriate referral and monitoring.

Last published: September 2023

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    s.2 Communicate effectively with patients 

    • Able to effectively advise patients presenting with pigmented fundus lesions about their ocular condition and any follow-up or referral required.

    Clinical Practice 

    s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

    • Understand how different imaging types (ophthalmoscopy, fundus camera, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, OCT etc) can be used to detect and help diagnose pigmented lesions and understands the advantages and disadvantages of each.

    s.7 Conduct appropriate assessments, examinations, treatments and referrals 

    • Knowledge of how to differentially diagnose common pigmented lesions of the retina and understands which can be monitored in practice and when referral is required.

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      Certificate available only to users who had successfully completed the CPD quiz prior to 28 September 2023.

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