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Kathryn Albany-Ward, Founder of Colour Blind Awareness

You might be surprised to learn that colour blindness can be considered both a disability and a Special Educational Need but despite this it is an under-recognised and poorly understood condition.

Let’s start by being honest. Do you screen children for CVD on first visit as a matter of course? If you do screen, once you’ve given a patient a diagnosis of colour blindness, how often do you think about the impact this will really have on their everyday life? Do you think it’s condition which isn’t really that important?

Have you ever wondered how the street outside your premises might appear or the immediate challenges they might face just to get home? If they are a child, how might they see their classroom? How might their confidence and even their mental health be affected?

Myopia control isn’t rocket science; every OD who reads this has the clinical skills and education to not only correct myopia but to apply the latest science to help patients manage progression of myopia. Care of myopic patients is Optometry’s core competence and as the standards change from just being able to correct myopia to being able to influence the progression it’s vital we own the methods behind myopia control, practice them and educate our patients on our abilities to do so. Arguably managing myopia is quickly becoming the standard of care; not just correcting it through standard methods.

sensus-logoWe find ourselves in a turbulent, challenging but exciting time for the Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostics Industries in The UK and Europe. In this article we will highlight the current status of regulation in Europe and consider how this, and Brexit will impact the way we do business going forwards.

Association of British Dispensing Opticians

Embargoed until 10am 14th April 2018

 The Association of British Dispensing Opticians will reveal results of a new clinical trial at Optrafair in Birmingham on Saturday 14th April.

When assessing a patient with low cylinder corrections, should you select a best sphere or a toric lens initially? The ABDO Contact Lens Uncorrected Cylinder Trial offers an insight into the positive and negative outcomes of the selection process and therefore enable the practitioner to make a more rational decision. It also points to areas where progress can be made to enable a Daily Disposable Toric Soft Contact Lens to become the lens of first choice.

I am a locum CLO available for hire Tuesdays & Thursdays Sheffield, North Notts, NE Derbyshire areas. Lots Experience in RGP, complex, multifocals. Training in Hybrid & scleral Lenses. Published in Optician & OT magazines. Proven business record at increasing turnover in CL's just ask your CL reps for Alcon, Cooper & Acuvue. Set up standing order systems & regular contact lens replacement schemes for independent Opticians. Staff training in contact lenses (Both professional & support team). Manage social media & website for independent. Please email me if you are interested with rates & location.

This Wear & Care is to offer all patients the latest gold standard advice on safe contact lens wear.  It is also excellent record keeping as a copy will be kept with the patient records or scanned electronically so can be kept on a patient database. I would recommend a patient signs an updated copy every year or if patients are refitted with a different modality of contact lenses.

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Effective New Slit Lamp Techniques for Tear Hyperosmolarity in Dry Eye
By Stephen Meynell Bsc Hons and Clare Privato FBDO CL

Mrs Smith – a pleasant but frustrated lady in her 50's comes to you complaining of her dry eye; she has been to all the specialists in town and found no answers or cures. You are her last hope! You put in fluorescein, look with your slit lamp and you heart begins to sink! Just what is the culprit causing her symptoms? Is it her very obvious blepharitis? Or her smoking habit? Perhaps it's her conjunctival folds calling your attention or are her symptoms just due to her contact lenses? You want to wave your magic wand and help Mrs Smith restore her faith in optometric practice – and most especially your practice! But just where do you start?

Experienced Optical Advisor seeking a role that will allow devolopment of new skills, as well as honing existing ones, in a positive professional eye-care clinic/practice environment that offers opportunity for progression.

Cataract Referrals – A Few Clinical Pearls


I am seeking a long-term, full-time resident position where I can help build your loyal patient base. Ideally a single practice or two that is committed to increasing patient numbers and extending services, where we can grow together. 

Up to 38 per cent of the general population suffers from a degree of dry eye, according to the latest figures from the American Academy of Ophthalmology presented in Chicago in 2012. There is a dry eye epidemic in people aged between 15 and 25 years due to the extensive use of amartphones, video games, tablets, etc. More than 50 per cent of the presbyopic population is affected. This means that, overall, more than 50 per cent of opticans’ customers would greatly benefit from an effective treatment to alleviate their symptoms and improve their quality of life.