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Our Clinical advisor Daniel Hardiman-McCartney talks to Elaine Styles optometrist and co-founder of Vision Care for Homeless People, about eye exams, dispensing, glass repairs and referrals for the many different groups of people without a home. They discuss: the barriers to receiving eye care; the most common reason for homelessness, specific factors important to dispensing glasses; working with other health professions; the impact of the pandemic; and the many ways you can help. Find out more at: www.visioncarecharity.org. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Dr Melanie Hingorani  FRCOphth Clinical Lead for Eye Care Restoration and Transformation at NHS England, and the College's clinical adviser, Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, discuss the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on referrals, patient outcomes, the changes on eye care that the pandemic has brought, and how eye care might look in the future. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, Editor of OiP, and Professor Shahina Pardhan MCOptom, Director of Vision and Eye Research Institute at ARU, discuss the impact of COVID-19 on eye health and eyecare. They look at the evidence around the link between COVID-19 and sore eyes, photophobia and watery eyes, and the effect of the pandemic on contact lens wearers. They also focus on the need to inform patients of COVID-19-related eye health issues and how and where they can seek advice when suffering from an eye complaint. Professor Pardhan is co-author of the paper: COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare: a review. To read the paper head to: https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/covid-19-and-its-impact-on-eyecare-a-review.html For more Optometry in Practice articles, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/OiP --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
After optometrist Tanjit Dosanjh's own father was imprisoned for a serious criminal offence 2003, he knew that he wanted to do all he could to change the lives of those entering the system. He used his own knowledge and skills to set up The Prison Optician Trust, which provides offenders with training in optics and a brighter future away from crime. He believes that other professions should do the same. In this episode, Daniel talks to Tanjit and one of his trainees - an ex-offender who has just qualified as a dispensing optician, and who now has a thriving career in optics.  To find out more about the The Prison Optician Trust, visit: https://prisonopticians.org/ To read more about Tanjit's career in our Acuity article: https://www.college-optometrists.org/acuity-resource/career-profile-tanjit-dosanjh.html --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode, Daniel has a fascinating conversation with Professor Jose-Luis Jimenez, aerosol expert and fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. In July last year, Professor Jimenez was one of 239 experts in multiple scientific fields who signed an open letter to the CDC and WHO (1) urging them to recognise inhalation as the main mode of transmission of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Daniel and Professor Jimenez’s conversation covers the difference between droplet and aerosol transmission, why it matters and how to reduce the spread, plus Jose’s publicly available modelling tool, which you can use to estimate the transmission risk in your practice (2). Professor Jimenez shares his own personal recommendations on specific mask types. The College continues to align its views and recommendations on masks with those of Public Health England. Resources mentioned 1. It Is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/71/9/2311/5867798 2. Aerosol Transmission Estimator Tool - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16K1OQkLD4BjgBdO8ePj6ytf-RpPMlJ6aXFg3PrIQBbQ/edit#gid=519189277 3. Indicators for Risk of Airborne Transmission in Shared Indoor Environments and their application to COVID-19 Outbreaks - https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.04.21.21255898v1 4. Exhaled CO2 as a COVID-19 Infection Risk Proxy for Different Indoor Environments and Activities - https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00183 5. Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0195670121000074 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Consultant Ali Yagan following his webinar on common optic neuropathies, where he presented cases on different types of optic neuropathies and optic nerve swelling, to help optometrists identify urgent situations and when patients need to be managed as an emergency. Ali answers all those questions there wasn't time to cover during the live webinar. Ali is the Consultant, Education Lead and Clinical Supervisor at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.  Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=297 For more live webinars, visit: www.college-optometrists.org/events Share your thoughts and questions for a chance to have them included in the next podcast episode. Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Clinical Adviser, Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom, asks Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom and Dr Sara McCullough MCOptom questions there wasn't time to answer during their live webinar. The webinar discussed recent findings from the part College-funded Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) Study, and how it can help optometrists identify children at risk of future myopia. Kathryn is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science and Sara is a lecturer of Optometry and Vision Science, both at at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. Watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=289 For more live webinars, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/events Share your thoughts and questions for a chance to have them included in the next podcast episode. Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode, Martin talks to Dr Joanne Wood - a Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia - about her latest research published in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO) on how “Refractive Blur Affects Judgement of Pedestrian Walking Direction at Night”.  And Daniel speaks with the College’s own PR Manager, Ann Marie Stevens and Marketing and Communications Executive, Abby Duggan, to find out about the inspirational #FocusOnLife campaign, highlighting the importance of vision. Read Dr Joanne Wood’s OPO research paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/opo.12811 and for more OPO papers, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/OPO/ Learn how you can get involved in the Focus On Life campaign here https://www.college-optometrists.org/FocusOnLife/ and here https://www.college-optometrists.org/Alice/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Michelle Hanratty MCOptom Dip Tp(IP) on how to decide what is best for your patient. Michelle - an Independent Prescribing Optometrist in private hospital practice - provides guidance on how to determine when to manage or monitor a patient’s condition and when to refer. Conditions include flashes and floaters, PVD, pseudophakic cystoid macular degeneration, suspect glaucoma and cataract referral. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=290 There are also two companion courses available to members worth one non-interactive CET point each until 16 December 2021: Patient management and referrals – part one: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=278 Patient management and referrals – part two: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=279 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode Daniel and Martin interview not one, but two special guests. Martin, a new parent himself, discusses eye-related issues to look out for in newborns with Dr Gill Adams, a consultant paediatric ophthalmologist and strabismologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Daniel speaks with Mental Health Counsellor, David Beeney, following his webinar for Bitesize, about how we can take better care of the mental health of our teams and ourselves.   Members can watch a recording of David’s webinar here: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=280 Check out Gill's blog for our patient website 'Four eye health warnings for parents to look out for': https://lookafteryoureyes.org/four-eye-health-warnings-in-new-born-babies/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Dr Rowan Candy delivered the keynote lecture at our recent virtual conference, Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize, on young children who are at risk for strabismus and amblyopia. The session looked at the refractive and ocular motor development of infants and preschoolers in the context of clinical assessment and care. In this episode of WebinarXtra, College President - Colin Davidson FCOptom - asks Dr Candy all those questions there wasn't time to cover during the live event. Dr Rowan Candy FARVO is the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor at Indiana University School of Optometry Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=288 To book your place on one of our live events, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/events --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel catches up with Dr Benjamin Wakerley to answer questions there just wasn't time to cover during the live event. In his webinar, Dr Wakerley spoke about different types of headache with a focus on migraines, and the red flag symptoms and "eye signs" to look out for. Dr Benjamin Wakerley is a Consultant Neurologist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point before 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=265 To book onto a live webinar, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/events --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Martin and Daniel bring you another WebinarXtra, where we answer questions there just wasn't enough time to answer during our live session. This time, Daniel talks to Dr Dan Rosser MCOptom FAAO DipTp(IP) DipGlauc about two common laser interventions for glaucoma and related conditions: Laser Peripheral Iridotomy and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty.  Watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021 at: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=266 To book onto a live webinar, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/events --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
This week Martin and Daniel bring you another WebinarXtra covering all those questions there wasn't time to answer during the webinar. In this episode, College Clinical Adviser Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom talks to Rhys Harrison - a consultant at the Bristol Eye Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Trust. Rhys' webinar was aimed at community optometrists and how they can identify patients requiring urgent referral. It focused on less well recognised cases, including Horner’s Syndrome, urgent causes of diplopia such as third nerve palsies, sixth nerve palsies and Wernicke’s encephalopathy. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=264 To contact our Clinical Advisers, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/advice. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Clinical Advisers Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom and Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom, answer questions there wasn't time to cover during their webinar, which discussed recent changes to the Guidance for Professional Practice and how this will affect you in practice. Watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=263 Read the updated Guidance for Professional Practice here https://www.college-optometrists.org/guidance - or download the College app which gives members access to a range of core clinical guidance, even when working offline: https://www.college-optometrists.org/app To contact our Clinical Advisers, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/advice --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
The world of nutrition and nutritional supplements can sometimes be a minefield for both patients and optometrists. In this “Take Over” episode of the College's podcast, optometrist and avid listener, Sophie Hinton MCOptom speaks to Dr Rani Banik, New York neuro-ophthalmologist, and functional medicine MD, about the role of nutrition in eye care. Following her own experience with migraines, Dr Banik applies principles of complementary and alternative medicine in conjunction with traditional medical approaches to treat chronic diseases affecting the visual system in her practice. Their conversation covers the key nutrients and foods patients can eat to promote eye health, the use of supplements, how antioxidants in food may reduce cataract formation and the limits of nutrition science. To learn more, take the Colleges course; An introduction to nutrition for an optometrist, available at www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/an-introduction-to-nutrition-for-an-optometrist.html  For more information about Dr Banik’s work, visit rudranibanikmd.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In January 2021, a national lockdown was reintroduced in England. Now the whole of the UK is in lockdown and, in accordance with each nation's government directives, primary care is open and optometry remains in Amber Phase. The College hosted a webinar on 14 January with a panel of representatives from The College, ABDO,AOP, FODO and GOC, answering questions from practitioners. Although, we aimed to answer the key questions, we did not have time to answer all the questions posed by the audience. In this episode, the panel reconvenes to cover as many possible of the recurrent themes and answer outstanding questions. Members can watch a recording of the webinar on the following link: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=276 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
With the end of an extraordinary year approaching, Martin and Daniel thought it was time for a bit of nostalgia. Having recently stepped down from her role after nearly 20 years as The College's Clinical Adviser, Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom takes a historical trip down memory lane with our Museum Curator, Neil Handley. They talk about what it's like representing the profession in the media; providing guidance in unprecedented times; and what the profession might look like in the future. More information about our Clinical Advisers is available here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/Advice Test your skills using our Ethical Scenarios: https://www.college-optometrists.org/EthicalScenarios --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
Choroidal naevi can be difficult to distinguish from melanomas, which means that many patients with benign tumours are referred to hospital eye clinics while urgent treatment of those with melanoma is delayed. In this episode of the College's podcast, Optometry in Practice Editorial Board member, Dr Lindsay Rountree MCOptom talks to Professor Bertil Damato PhD FRCOphth FCOptom about a scoring system to estimate the likelihood of malignancy, and how to manage patients accordingly. Professor Damato is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Oxford Eye Hospital. He was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the College in 2010 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to ocular oncology. Dr Rountree is Lecturer in Optometry at the University of Bradford. To read the full paper and gain one non-interactive CET point until 28 February 2022, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/the-moles-acronym-scoring-system-and-protocol-for-managing-patients-with-melanocytic-choroidal-tumours.html More Optometry in Practice articles are available from www.college-optometrists.org/oip --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom DipTp(IP) who answers all those questions there wasn't time to cover during his popular webinar on ocular motility. Simon's webinar covered the anatomy of the cranial nerves involved in ocular motility, their surrounding structures, and the common causes of nerve palsy. Simon works as an optometrist and orthoptist both in a hospital setting and private practice. He regularly delivers lectures and workshops to optometrists on binocular vision. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=261 For more webinars, visit www.college-optometrists.org/events --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
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