Sound Optometry

Domains: Clinical Practice, Communication, Specialty CPD (IP)

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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 22: Corneal Disease - Big problems in young eyes

The podcast starts with an interview with Joshua and his mother Diane. We hear about the discomfort Joshua experienced and the challenges of getting an accurate diagnosis before being treated at the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast where he is still under ophthalmologist care.

Michelle Hanratty then discusses the presentation, differential diagnosis and management of vernal keratoconjunctivitis with Mr Michael O’Gallagher, consultant ophthalmic surgeon and specialist in paediatric corneal disease. 

The second part moves on to blepharokeratoconjunctivitis before concluding with an insight into how to best manage children with these conditions.

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Last published: June 2023

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    s.1 Listen to patients and ensure that they are at the heart of decisions made about their care

    • Understand the concerns and anxieties of patients and their parents presenting with vernal conjunctivitis and blepharokeratoconjunctivitis.
    • Able to explain these conditions and their management to the patient to enhance patient compliance.

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

    • Able to instigate an appropriate management plan for a patient with suspected vernal conjunctivitis and blepharokeratoconjunctivitis.

    s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

    • Know the key signs and symptoms of vernal conjunctivitis and blepharokeratoconjunctivitis.
    • Know of potential treatments and complications of vernal conjunctivitis and blepharokeratoconjunctivitis.

    Specialty CPD - AS/SP/IP optometrist

    • Understand the therapeutic and non-therapeutic management of vernal conjunctivitis and blepharokeratoconjunctivitis.
    • Understand the limitations of one’s own experience and know when the referral of a patient who is suspected of having vernal conjunctivitis or blepharokeratoconjunctivitis is indicated.

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