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Expired
This Safeguarding course expired on 28 April 2017. 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 April 2017.
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Expired
This Safeguarding course expired on 28 April 2017. 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 April 2017.
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Live CET

CET Ref: C-56275

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 18 December 2018 - 9:00am

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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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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Live CET

CET Ref: C-59693

CET Points: 1.png

CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 18 December 2018 - 9:00am


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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Live CET

CET Refs: 

  • C-55527 (Eyelid Disorders)

  • C-55528 (Conjunctival Disorders)

  • C-55529 (Various Anterior Eye Disorders)

CET Points: 3.pngOne point for each exercise

CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 18 December 2018 - 9:00am

CommunicationOcular DiseaseStandards of PracticeOptionsKnowledge

This comprehensive online resource presents various anterior eye disorders and takes practitioners through the presentation, examination, diagnosis and management of those external eye conditions. The course has been developed for both community optometrists and IP practitioners.

Topics: Referrals, Cornea, Conjunctiva, Eyelid, Sclera, Dry eye, Grading scales, Slit lamp, Pharmacy, GP, Red eye.

Area of interest: MECS, Anterior eye conditions and acute presentations, Independent Prescribing, Newly qualified.

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Live CET

CET Ref: C-56060                                                            

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CET Type: Non-interactive 

Closing Date: 18 December 2018 - 9:00am

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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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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Live CET

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CET Ref: C-56334

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CET Type: Non-interactive

Closing Date: 18 December 2018 - 9:00am

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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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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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

In the UK, about 4-500 children every year are diagnosed with brain tumours. In this interview, David Cartwright, talks to Professor David Walker, a Paediatric Oncologist at the University of Nottingham, and Clinical Lead of the HeadSmart campaign about the role optometrists can play in identifying these children.

Topics: Headsmart, Cancer, Referral, Intracranial pressure, Headaches, Vomiting, Amblyopia, Squint, Nystagmus, Eye movements.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

Polly Dulley talks to Gus Gazzard, a consultant specializing in glaucoma and cataracts at Moorfields, about normal tension glaucoma. This item is split into two parts: the first part focuses on how the disease differs from other forms of glaucoma, the second part is about treatment options.

Topics: Blind, Visual impairment, IOP, Intraocular pressure, Optic nerve, Neuropathy, Low tension, Treatment, NTG, Disc, Vascular.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

One in five adults habitually smoke - representing a significant part of any optometrist’s patient pool. Susan Cowling talks to Steven Meynell about the range of eye conditions caused and exacerbated by smoking, and how optometrists can deal with the issues raised.

Topics: Lifestyle, Disease, Dry eye, AMD, Macular degeneration, Thyroid, Cataract, Nicotine, Meibomian, Lacrimal.

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Audio – Clinical assessment

No CET Points

The pre-ocular tear film (POTF) is an important measure of the health of the surface of the eye. There are a number of pre-existing techniques for the assessment of the POTF, and one of the less well-known ones is the tear ferning test. In this interview, Helen Tilly talks to Dr Christine Purslow about tear ferning and its application in research and clinical diagnosis.

Topics: Tear film, Dry eye, POTF, Contact lens, Ocular surface, Mucous, Meniscus, Microscope, Protein, Electrolytes, Patterns, Grading scale.


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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

Deborah Lea asks Victor Chong about the diagnosis, progression, prognosis, and treatment of Retinal Vein Occlusion. 

Topics: RVO, Visual impairment, Branch, Hypertension, Diabetes, Referral, Oedema, Visual loss, Central, Blood vessel, Artery, Glaucoma.

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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

This two-part interview details developments being made in the field of subretinal implant technology. Deborah Lea talks to Robert MacLaren about the clinical trials he is running of the subretinal implants developed by the German company Retina Implant AG.

Topics: Retina, Retinitis pigmentosa, Macular degeneration, AMD, Visual impairment, Electronic, Partial sight, Camera, Photosensitive.


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Audio – Professional matters

No CET Points

Lyndon Taylor explains to Trevor Warburton about his recent implementation of a software-based practice management system. 

Topics: Electronic, Software, Data, Computer, Images, Clinical, Records, Technology, Security.

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Audio – Optical management

No CET Points

Susan Cowling talks to Dr Keziah Latham about her research into whether a patient’s success with low vision aids can be accurately predicted from standardized assessments of current vision levels and the spectacle strength.

Topics: LVA, Visual impairment, Magnifier, Telescope, Spectacles, Prescription, Reading, Magnification, Near, Electronia.


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Audio – Ocular disease and management

No CET Points

Rupert Bourne has been raising awareness about a form of Glaucoma especially common in East Asia. Here he compares the disease to other forms of Glaucoma and discusses the treatment options. 

Topics: CAG, Open angle, Gonioscopy, POAG, Neuropathy, Optic nerve, Blind, Visual impairment, Asia.


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Audio – Professional matters

No CET Points

This discussion is on the subject of an electronic referral system that has radically sped up the referral process for optometrists in Fife. Olivia’s first interview is with Dr Roshini Sanders who has been involved with the development of the system, she then speaks to Colin Ferrier, one of the first optometrists to use the system in his practice.

Topics: Hospital, GP, Ophthalmologist, Images, Clinic, Urgent, Emergency, Routine, Paperless, Photo, Consultant.


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