This section will bring you a range of clinical briefings to stimulate your interest. If you would like to contribute, get in touch.
Current Clinical Briefings
Optical Confederation Ebola Advice
BCLA Contact October 2015
OC Safeguarding and Prevent Guidance
Domiciliary Code of Practice
Lone Working Guidance
GOC Fitness to Practise for Employers: The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched guidance targeted at optical employers, to explain what they should do if they have concerns about a GOC registrant’s fitness to practise.
The guidance outlines what is expected of those employing registered optometrists, dispensing opticians and students. It explains the sorts of complaints the GOC can and can’t deal with, what happens if a fitness to practise complaint is made against a registered employee, and what information the GOC can share with the employer about the allegation. The investigation process is also set out in full, to ensure employers are informed about each step of the process.
Meibomiam Gland Dysfunction: Although the BCLA has printed and circulated to its members a fact sheet summarizing the findings of the International Workshop on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), reproduced courtesy of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), they have kindly provided PHN readers with the ability to read and download the fact sheet by clicking on the link above.
Managing Blepharitis: Blepharitis is one of the most frequently encountered conditions by optometrists with an estimated prevalence of around 40% in optometry patients. Unfortunately studies suggest that it is frequently incorrectly diagnosed and treated. Our clinical briefing is provided by Kestrel Ophthalmics.
Corneal and Limbus Insult treated by stem cells: It has been reported recently on www.singualarityhub.com that Italian researchers have demonstrated the long term effectiveness of using stem cells to cure corneal blindness. In order to read this briefing you will need to register/login which is free and takes just a couple of minutes of your time.
MDS Presentation: Cathy Yelf is the Head of External Relations at the Macular Disease Society (MDS) and presented at the Edinburgh AGM meeting to a large and interested audience. You can read the full details by clicking on the link above. In order to read this briefing you will need to register/login which is free and takes just a couple of minutes of your time.
Comparison of Night Driving Performance after Wavefront-Guided and Conventional LASIK for Moderate Myopia (Steve C. Schallhorn, MD, David J. Tanzer, MD, Sandor E. Kaupp, MS, Mitch Brown, OD, Stephanie E. Malady, BS):
Purpose: To compare preoperative and postoperative changes in simulated night driving performance after wavefront-guided (wLASIK) and conventional LASIK (cLASIK) for the treatment of moderate myopia. Thanks go to Dr. Steve Schallhorn at Optical Express for his permission to publish a recent article from Ophthalmology. The research reported in the journal is of a study I conducted which clearly demonstrates the advantage of both a wavefront guided procedure (CustomVUe) and a femtosecond (Intralase) flap creation, reports Steve Schallhorn. In order to read this research paper you will need to register/login which is free and takes just a couple of minutes of your time.
Screening for Dyslexia and early learning problems: An interview with Kate McMahon inventor of “Go with the Gobbies”. She is an Optometrist who has developed a holistic approach to training and helping those with prior learning problems, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia and visual stress, none of which are a factor of intelligence, race, social development or age. In order to read this briefing you will need to register/login which is free and takes just a couple of minutes of your time.