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Expired
This Safeguarding course expired on 3 January 2020. If you have completed this course, you can print your certificate here. 
This course has been replaced with our new Safeguarding Adults for Optometrists Level 2 course, updated in January 2020.
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Expired
This Safeguarding course expired on 3 January 2020. If you have completed this course, you can print your certificate here. 
This course has been replaced with our new Safeguarding Children for Optometrists Level 2 course, updated in January 2020.
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Video library

No CET Points

Communication ico8.pngAssessment of visual functionOcular Examination

In this programme experts look at how to adapt the routine eye check when examining elderly patients including communication, ocular examination and refraction. It provides guidance on techniques to use and how best to modify an examination to ensure that elderly patients get the highest level of care and their individual needs are addressed.

Topics: Communication, Ocular examination, Refraction, Binocular vision, Charts, Pupils, Visual fields, Legal, Visual assessment, Retinoscopy, Ophthalmoscopy, LogMAR, Contrast sensitivity.

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Audio – Clinical assessment

No CET Points


Visual field assessment is a common eye examination performed to enable us to map out a patient’s visual field. In this programme Dr Robert Cubbidge talks through different visual fields assessment techniques, and the benefits and limitations of each.

First published in DOCET OQ90 (2014).

Topics: Visual fields, Frequency Doubling, Perimetry, Glaucoma, Magnocellular.

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CET courses


CET Ref: 
C-72622

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 17 December 2020

 Standards of PracticeContact LensesOcular Disease

This lecture by consultant ophthalmologist, Damian Lake, covers different acute red eye conditions, particularly in contact lens wearers. It discusses the management of both those that can be treated in practice and others, such as infective causes, where urgent referral to the Hospital Eye Service is required.

Topics: Contact lenses, Ulcers, Microbial keratitis, Ocular allergy, Viral, Bacterial, Fungal, Allergic, Infiltrate, Hygiene, Infection, Acanthamoeba, Abrasion.

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CET coursesCET Ref: C-61248

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 17 December 2020

Standards of PracticeStandards of PracticeOcular Disease

The first of three programmes on examining patients with learning disabilities, which looks at the terminology around learning disabilities and provides information on different types, such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and the autism spectrum. The programme discusses causes, prevalence and how patients and their vision can be affected.

Topics: Learning disabilities, Genetics,  Down’s syndrome, Autism, Cerebral palsy, Asperger syndrome, Communication, Visual impairment, Williams syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Chromosome, Congenital, Amblyopia, Refractive error, Strabismus, Accommodation, Cataracts, Binocular vision

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points


This audio programme discusses the very latest in retinal screening techniques and focuses on techniques helping in the early detection of glaucoma, vascular changes, and neuronal degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

Topics: Glaucoma, DARC, Alzheimer's Disease, Sight loss, Retina.

Area of interest: Independent Prescribing

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Audio – Clinical assessment

No CET Points


This audio programme discusses the very latest theory for glaucoma and its progression, describes a new way of assessing a patient's stereo vision, and explains our current understanding of human 3D vision and how it may be impacted upon by 3D and virtual reality displays.

Topics: Glaucoma, Binocular vision, 3D, Virtual reality, Stereopsis, Stereoacuity, Paediatric, Screening, Ganglion cells. 

Area of interest: Independent Prescribing

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Audio – Optical management


No CET Points

Professor Earl Smith, of the College of Optometry at the University of Houston, has been conducting some fascinating research into myopia control. Philip Morgan talks to Professor Smith about his findings.

Topics: Myopia, Progression, Refractive error, Contact lenses, Spectacles, Retina, Periphery, Genetics, Inheritance, Growth.

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Video library

No CET Points

Ocular Examination

This programme looks at the application of three advanced clinical investigative techniques and shows how to undertake and interpret van Herick technique,  the use of slit lamp and indirect lenses for assessment of the fundus and how to measure intraocular pressure using a contact technique.

Topics: Tonometry, Slit lamp, Gonioscopy, Volk, BIO, van Herick, IOP, Anaesthetic, Dilation, Goldmann, Glaucoma.

Area of interest: MECS


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Video library

No CET Points

Communication Professional ConductAssessment of visual function

This programme provides guidance on the challenges in communication that optometrists may face and strategies that can be used to improve their services to older patients.

Topics: Vulnerable adults, Dementia, Disability, Verbal, Questions, Language, Advice, Recommendations, Ageing, Psychological, Anxiety, Cognitive.

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Audio – Clinical assessment

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Professional ConductProfessional ConductProfessional ConductProfessional Conduct

In this edition, we focus on advances in eye care technology, looking at recent innovations and how they help improve the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases.
 

Topics: Contact lenses, Keratitis, Disinfection, Care systems, Graphene, Compliance, Lens materials, Pathogens, Bacteria, Binocular vision, Eye movements, Tracking, Motility, Reading ability, Muscle balance, Objective assessment, Curtis Dobson, Polly Dulley, Philip Morgan, Bianca Price, David Thomson.

Area of interest: Independent Prescribing

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CET courses

CET Ref: C-72738

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 17 December 2020

CommunicationStandards of PracticeOcular Disease

The second part of the glaucoma programme reviews the anatomy of the normal eye and the pathophysiology in the development of glaucoma. It also covers the current thoughts on the causes of glaucoma and the various risk factors for the different types.

Topics: Glaucoma, NICE, SIGN, POAG, COAG, CAG, Congenital, Ocular hypertension, Prevalence

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Peer discussion templates

DOCET provides these free template forms which optometrists organising and facilitating peer discussions are welcome to download for their own use.

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Guidance and information

Further guidance and links to useful information about peer discussion and other types of peer-to-peer activity.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

An examination of the evidence around claims of potential harm caused by blue light from mobile and computer screens.

First published in DOCET OQ91 (2014).

Topics: Computers, Blue light, Photoreceptors, Retina, Macula degeneration, Circadian rhythms, Sleep, Lenses, Sunglasses, Lighting, Phones, Tablets.

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Free peer discussion cases

No CET Points

Communication Professional Conduct

Summary: in this case participants are asked to listen to a telephone conversation between a patient, who has just collected his new glasses, and an optical advisor. Participants will then discuss how they feel the call was handled, the implications for professional staff in the practice and possible causes of the change in vision.

Topics: Peer discussion, Peer review, Vision loss, Legal, Record keeping, Emergency, Referrals 

 

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CET courses

CET Ref: C-73969

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 17 December 2020

CommunicationProfessional Conduct

Binocular Vision provides a step by step practical guide to the various techniques required in practice to assess the binocular status of patients and then suggests the appropriate management for a broad range of anomalies. 

Topics: Children, Orthoptics, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Squint, Incommitent, Commitent, Exercises, Motility, Heterophoria, Stereopsis, Prisms, Newly qualified.

Area of interest: MECS

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CET courses

CET Ref: C-72737

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 17 December 2020

CommunicationOcular Disease

The first part of the glaucoma programme has an update on the definitions and prevalence of glaucoma and covers the classification of the different types of glaucoma. It includes the signs and symptoms along with the risk factors to help improve differential diagnosis and appropriate referral.

Topics: Glaucoma, NICE, SIGN, POAG, COAG, CAG, Congenital, Ocular hypertension, Prevalence

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CET courses

CET Ref: C-73307

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Closing Date: 1 December 2020

Standards of PracticeOcular ExaminationOcular Disease

The fifth part of the glaucoma programme looks at how to accurately assess the visual field to identify important signs of glaucoma. It then looks at national and local refinement and referral pathways and discusses how to reach the appropriate clinical decision when managing a glaucoma suspect, taking into account all your investigation.

Topics: Glaucoma, NICE, SIGN, POAG, COAG, CAG, Ocular hypertension, Laser treatment, Surgical treatment, Pharmacological treatments, Management, Referral, MIGS, SLT

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CET courses

CET Ref: C-72851

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 17 December 2020

Standards of PracticeOcular ExaminationOcular Disease

The fourth part of the glaucoma programme looks at how to assess and measure the optic disc and identify important signs of glaucoma. The disc examination and appearance with ophthalmoscopy and OCT images are explained to help aid referral and management of glaucoma suspects.

Topics: Glaucoma, NICE, SIGN, POAG, COAG, CAG, Optic disc, Assessment, Slit lamp, Indirect ophthalmoscopy, OCT, Management, Referral, Volk

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CET courses

CET Ref: C-72956

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 17 December 2020

CommunicationStandards of PracticeOcular DiseaseKnowledgeOptions

The sixth and final part of the glaucoma programme looks at current and future treatments of glaucoma.

Topics: Glaucoma, NICE, SIGN, POAG, COAG, CAG, Ocular hypertension, Laser treatment, Surgical treatment, Pharmacological treatments, Management, Referral, MIGS, SLT.

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CET courses

CET Ref: C-72817

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 17 December 2020

Standards of PracticeOcular ExaminationOcular Disease

The third part of the glaucoma programme looks at how to assess the anterior segment and angle to identify important signs of glaucoma and covers the measurement of IOP using contact and non-contact methods, looking at normal findings and discussing when to refer.

Topics: Glaucoma, NICE, SIGN, POAG, COAG, CAG, Congenital, Assessment, Van Herick, Smith’s method, Gonioscopy, OCT, Intraocular pressure, Referral, IOP, tonometer, GAT, Perkins, PDS, PXF

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Free peer discussion cases

No CET Points

Communication Professional Conduct 

This case discusses the actions of an optometrist who examines an elderly patient with early dementia.

Topics: Dementia, Refraction, Legal, Safeguarding, Vulnerable adults, Communication, Confidentiality, Visual assessment, Consent, Ageing, Referral.

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Free peer discussion cases

No CET Points

Communication Professional ConductCommunication

This case discusses a case of anisocoria with sluggish pupil responses in a patient who reports reduced near vision in past few months. The aim is to review the case and decide on possible causes of the pupil abnormality and discuss whether the optometrist took an appropriate course of action.

Topics: Anisocoria, Holmes-Aidie, Pupil reactions, Neurological, Mydriasis, Accomodation, Referral, Visual assessment, Pupil assessment, Record keeping

 

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Free peer discussion cases

No CET Points

Communication Professional Conduct Optical appliances

Rahul Navamani, male dentist, 41 years. This case discusses various lifestyle requirements. Rahul requires advice for his work and sport.

Topics: Dispensing, Occupational, Lifestyle, Sports, Lenses, Eye protection, Injuries, Record keeping, Frames, Vocational, UV.

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Free peer discussion cases

No CET Points

Communication Professional Conduct Optical disease

Daisy Bergman, retired, 74 years. This case discusses a case of sudden, painless, unilateral loss of vision, partially resolving after a couple of minutes.

Topics: Neurological, TIA, Ischaemic, Anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (AION), Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA), Record keeping, Acute, Ageing, Vascular, Referral.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

Epiretinal membrane is a thin layer of tissue which can grow over the surface of the retina and cause vision problems. Stephen Charles is a vitreoretinal surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and talks to Ian Wallwork about the condition and its treatment.

Topics: Retina, Referral, Vitreoretinal, Micropsia, Visual loss, Visual impairment, Macropsia, Distortion, ERM, Amsler, OCT, Victrectomy.


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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

Tamoxifen had resurfaced in 2013 in the media because of NICE guidelines which approve the drug for prescription not only to patients with a diagnosis, but also to those at high risk of developing breast cancer. Polly Dulley and Philip Morgan discuss the clinical impact that the NICE guidelines may have on optometrists.

Topics: Drugs, Breast cancer, OAR, NICE, Ocular adverse reactions, Corneal deposits, Dry eye, Retinal crystals, Macular.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

The initial results of Age‐Related Eye Disease Study 2, or AREDS 2, were announced in May 2013. In this interview Hugh Breakspear speaks to John Lawrenson, Professor of Clinical Optometry at City University, about AREDS 2 and discusses the implications of the reported findings for optometrists and patients.

Topics: AMD, Supplements, Vitamins, Diet, Minerals, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Omega-3, Macular degeneration.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

Lucentis, previously used to treat Wet AMD, has recently been licensed by NICE for the treatment of diabetic maculopathy – a complication of diabetes that affects the macular. Clare Bailey talks to Fiona Grey about diabetic maculopathy and the prospects for its treatment with this new indication.

Topics: Diabetes, Macular, Anti-VEGF, Ranibizumab, Oedema, Retinopathy, Ischaemia, Laser, Haemorrhage, Visual loss.

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Audio – Clinical assessment

No CET Points

The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) policy recommends that all children aged four to five should have their vision checked in an orthoptic-led service. With the rise of vision screening software in the UK, Shail Patel talks to Professor David Thompson about products that may be of use in screening children. 

Topics: Orthoptist, Paediatrics, Software, Computer, logMAR, Refractive error, Spectacles, Children.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

Migraine is a condition which affects 12-15% of the UK adult population. Attacks can be debilitating, and can affect or be triggered by vision. For this reason, migraine patients sometimes consult optometrists. Anita Shah talks to Professor Bruce Evans about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of the condition. 

Topics: Headaches, Flashes, Visual aura, Retinal, Visual loss, Photophobia, Neurological, Triggers, Colourimeter, Tinted lenses.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

Adam Wannell talks to Michael Johnson about papilloedema. Many patients with papilloedema first present to their optometrist, and, although relatively rare, optometrists working in the community have a very important role in the early identification and correct management of this condition.

Topics: Optic nerve, Disc margin, Swollen, Intracranial pressure, Referral, Emergency, Tumour, Trauma, Haemorrhages, Headache, Nausea, Neurological.

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