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Welcome to the College of Optometrists' new series of optometry podcasts. Our very own ex-hospital radio DJ (and Head of Research), Martin Cordiner, will be taking you through an optometric journey, covering topics such as the latest in eye health research and patient experiences.
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In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Mike Horler MCOptom who answered all those 'Xtra' questions there wasn't enough time to cover during his webinar. Mike provides a greater understanding of how to interpret OCT scans in diagnosing macula and disc conditions, making accurate diagnoses and referral decisions. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 17 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=238 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, interviews Claire McDonnell MSc elearning FAOI, one of the authors of the recent paper 'Lissamine green – where have we been and where are we now?'. Claire talks about the importance of lissamine green as part of an anterior eye assessment, previous issues affecting its availability, conjunctival staining compared to corneal staining, the availability of new stains, and its application when also using sodium fluorescein. To read the paper and gain one non-interactive CET point until 31 July 2021, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/lissamine-green-where-have-we-been-and-where-are-we-now.html More Optometry in Practice articles are available from www.college-optometrists.org/oip --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Martin and Daniel bring you another College podcast episode and, this time, Martin talks to Professor John Lawrenson FCOptom of City University, London, about his editorial published in the July issue of the prestigious optometry journal, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO). The paper provides a review of the evidence relating to COVID-19 and the eye, methods of transmission and practice implications. To read Professor Lawrenson's paper, visit https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/opo.12708 Read our COVID-19 guidance for optometrists here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-information.html For more about OPO, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/OPO --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Have you ever wondered how your actions affect those around you on a day-to-day basis? In this episode of the College's podcast, Martin and Daniel talk to Dr Rachel Pilling, a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals and, along with  Dan Wadsworth, the co-founder of the '15 seconds, 30 minute' social movement - a movement designed to reduce frustration and spread joy at work. Find out how you can make a small change to your daily practice that will have a huge impact on those around you. Rachel specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, including squint surgery and retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment. She is part of a team which provides visual assessments to children with developmental delay and special needs in eye clinic and when visiting special schools. To find out more visit http://15s30m.co.uk/ This episode was recorded at The College's annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow, where Rachel was also a guest speaker. To find out more about the conference, visit http://www.optometrytomorrow.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Katie Harrop MCOptom - Professional Services Director for No7 Contact Lenses - about the use of scleral lenses as an alternative to commonly fitted contact lenses. Katie answers all those questions you were itching to ask during her webinar but didn't get the time to.  Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 17 December 2020 at https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=226 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Our WebinarXtra episodes cover 'Xtra' questions there just wasn't time to answer during the live webinar. In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon, Raj Das-Bhaumik, about his recent webinar on suspicious lumps and bumps on the eyelids, with tips on which can be managed in practice and which need referring to the hospital eye service.  Mr Raj Das-Bhaumik is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital where he is former lead for lid oncology and is very much a specialist in this area.  He specialises in cosmetic and functional surgery including blepharoplasty, lid malposition and the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant tumours.  These range from chalazia to infiltrating cancers. He also specialises in eyelid reconstruction, trauma and treating watery eyes.  Mr Das-Bhuamik surgeons from around the world in these very specialised techniques and works closely with other surgical disciplines.  You can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point (until 17 December 2020) at: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=228 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
College Council member and optometrist,  Dr Parth Shah MCOptom,  takes over our airwaves for the final time in with his third COVID-themed podcast. In this episode, he talks to Sally Gosling, Director of Education at The College of Optometrists,  about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected optometrists’ professional roles, what they should be doing to respond to and take advantage of the evolving optical landscape, and how the College is actively supporting this through innovative CET, CPD and specialised higher qualifications. Learning opportunities mentioned in this episode include:  CPD Webinars - https://www.college-optometrists.org/webinars Online peer discussions - https://www.college-optometrists.org/events Virtual coffee mornings - https://www.college-optometrists.org/events Fellowship by portfolio - https://www.college-optometrists.org/fellowship COVID CET courses - https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/index.php?categoryid=58 Higher qualifications - https://www.college-optometrists.org/HQ Independent Prescribing course - https://www.college-optometrists.org/IP   This episode was recorded remotely and so may not meet our usual sound quality standards!  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Daniel loves all our podcasts, but he was particularly excited to have the opportunity to talk to Professor Alastair Denniston at our annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow, back in February. Both Daniel and Martin spoke to Alastair - a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust - about uveitis, and how advances in scanning and machine learning will revolutionise care for patients. Alastair's cutting edge research is also using this information to determine biomarkers for the risk of systemic diseases such as stroke or heart attack, in an exciting developing area called oculomics. To read, the Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO) journal, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/OPO Details about our 2021 annual conference will be announced later in the year at www.optometrytomorrow.org. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In the UK there are around 7,300 new cases of retinal detachment every year, with many patients presenting with flashes and floaters to optometrists. In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Kam Balaggan - Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts at Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary - about the most common causes of retinal detachment and how to spot them. College members who missed the webinar can watch a recording and gain one non-interactive CET point until 17 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=227 Mr Balaggan's first webinar 'Diagnosing PVD vs RD - knock out with dynamic vitreous assessment' is also available to College members online with one non-interactive CET point until 17 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=216 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
College Council member and optometrist Dr Parth Shah MCOptom continues his podcast takeover with part two of 'The Eyes and lows of lockdown'. In this episode, he talks to Ophthalmic Director and independent prescriber, Maninder Gudray MCOptom Dip TP(IP). They discuss the impact of COVID-19 on optical practices and what practice owners could be doing to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on their practice.  If you would like the latest COVID-19 guidance for optometrists, visit www.college-optometrists.org/COVID-19 This episode was recorded remotely. Please bear with us while we trial the best way to bring you our podcast during the COVID-19 pandemic.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Daniel catches up with Angela Whitaker MCOptom following her webinar where she presented case studies from glaucoma clinical practice patients who have been diagnosed and managed by optometrists. Find out why patients’ increasing risk of sight loss requires increasing levels of qualification and experience in the health care professional who is caring for them. College members who missed the webinar can watch a recording and gain one non-interactive CET point until 17 December 2020. https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=223 If you are an optometrist interested in gaining a higher qualification, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/HQ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
The COVID-19 lockdown seems to have given some people the opportunity to try their hand at new things. College Council member and optometrist Dr Parth Shah MCOptom has taken over our podcasts (temporarily, Parth!) and has produced a short series of three podcasts  - The eyes and lows of lockdown.  Parth and his guests will provide advice, support and ideas for your personal wellbeing, your professional development, and business planning ideas for your practice during the Covid -19 lockdown and recovery phases. In this episode, Parth talks to Kush Mandavia MCOptom, an optometrist who owns his own practices, is a trained yoga teacher and also volunteers with the Samaritans. Exhausted yet? Not Kush. He actively practises mindfulness and meditation, and in this episode, he tells us how to take care of our own wellbeing.  Fierce Grace yoga offer for College of Optometrists members Fierce Grace is an interconnected yoga system suitable for people at all levels. Each class has two qualified teachers - one to demonstrate and the other to give you tailored guidance. Kush Mandavia MCOptom, our podcast guest, is offering College members five free online classes and 30% off any class packs/ pricing options (no long-term contract).   To access this offer: 1. Go to Fierce Grace TV and register an account (https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/LoginLaunch?studioid=962601) 2. For your 5 free classes, select the pricing option 'Drop-In' and enter promo code OpCollegeClass during checkout 3. After your five free classes, use promo code OpCollege30 for 30% off any pricing option (including drop-ins) 4. Offer valid until 31st July 2020. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Kate Powell MCOptom, who answers questions from her recent webinar on diabetic retinopathy. The webinar was designed to help optometrists build their confidence in recognising the features of diabetic retinopathy, manage their patients, and learn how their role links with other aspects of diabetic patient eye care. Members of the College who missed the live webinar can watch a recording on the College's website and gain 1 CET point until 17 December 2020. https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=225  This episode was recorded remotely. Please bear with us while we trial the best way to bring you our podcast during the COVID-19 pandemic.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Professor Bernard Gilmartin FCOptom has very severe macular degeneration which has resulted in a dramatic loss of vision in one eye and threatens the vision in his other. He has undergone a prolonged and challenging battle that has involved extensive surgery in an attempt to save the vision in his only eye.  Martin spoke to Professor Gilmartin and Mr Kam Balaggan, his physician, back in February 2020 at The College of Optometrists' annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow. Professor Gilmartin first captured the hearts of optometrists - many of whom he taught at university - at our conference in 2018, where he spoke candidly about his experience and Mr Balaggan's heroic efforts to save his remaining eye. Mr Balaggan is Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary. Details about our 2021 conference will be announced later in the year at www.optometrytomorrow.org. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
A little later than planned, this month we talk to the inspirational Professor Shahina Pardhan - the first female Professor of Optometry in the UK. Professor Pardhan talks to Martin and guest host, Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, about her experience, the obstacles she faced in her own career and what can be done to remove those barriers for future generations. Professor Pardhan edited this month's special issue of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO), which celebrates some of the leading female vision scientists worldwide and is dedicated to Professor Dame Ida Caroline Mann. Professor Ida Mann was a distinguished ophthalmologist recognised for her work on embryology and development of the eye, as well as genetic and social influences on eye diseases. To read the latest edition of OPO, visit www.college-optometrists.org/opo Professor Pardhan's career was also featured in the College's member journal Acuity: https://www.college-optometrists.org/acuity-resource/through-the-glass-ceiling.html If you would like to join The Women in Vision UK group, contact Professor Shahina Pardhan at Shahina.Pardhan@anglia.ac.uk or email m.bailly@ucl.ac.uk. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, talks to Dr Jonathan Denniss MCOptom, one of the authors of a recent paper on the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the detection and diagnosis of glaucoma. Jonathan talks about the strengths and limitations of using OCT for glaucoma diagnosis and gives practical advice on how OCT can be used by optometrists.  To read this article, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/use-of-optical-coherence-tomography-in-the-detection-and-diagnosis-of-glaucoma.html (CET available until 30 April 2020). For more articles highlighting the latest research, analysis and opinion on a range of topics, as well as CET points, visit www.college-optometrists.org/OiP --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
This month we look at a different aspect of optometry - eyewear trends through the ages. Following on from London Fashion week, Neil Handley, Curator of the College Museum, discusses the history of spectacles with Daniel, exploring their unique status as a medical device and fashion accessory. Neil also talks to Senior Tutor in Footwear Accessories and Millinery at the Royal College of Art, Flora McLean, together with two of her design students, Rebecca and Ely, about the annual RCA Frame Design Competition and possible future trends. Find out more about the British Optical Association Museum and book a visit: www.college-optometrists.org/museum --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom replies to the member questions there wasn't enough time to answer during his recent webinar. The webinar covered diagnosis of binocular vision anomalies, how to identify and investigate conditions that can be treated by an optometrist, those that require referral, or do not require treatment. Members can see a recording of the webinar on the College's website, which has 1 CET point available until 17 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=209 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In the first episode of 2020, Martin and Daniel introduce Jasleen Kaur Jolly MCOptom, optometrist and researcher working at the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Wellcome Integrative Neuroimaging centre, University of Oxford, and Oxford Eye Hospital. Jasleen talks to Martin about how she got into research, imposter syndrome, how gene therapy works, which conditions are closer to being treated with gene therapy and what that means for optometrists, as well as the brain and the eye. Jasleen is involved in clinical research in the fields of retinal gene therapy, surgery outcomes and low vision. She is currently finishing a National Institute of Health Research funded PhD and also won the College's highly prestigious Philip Cole Prize for practice-based research in 2018. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
WebinarXtra answers all those member questions we didn't have time to cover during our popular webinars. In this episode, Daniel talks to Adam Wannell MCOptom about glaucoma decision making. You can watch the webinar on the College's member learning area: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=208  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
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