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Bournemouth tattooists turn to Ortho-k.
Dry Eye is focus of a new BCLA Certificate.

Bournemouth tattooists turn to Ortho-k.

July 2017

Bournemouth tattooists, Amy and Abigail, frustrated with wearing glasses, have turned their sights to Ortho-k which leaves them with a superb eye for detail.

Amy BillingAmy Billing and Abigail Rawlings, who are both established tattooists in the Bournemouth area, have been inspired to try Ortho-k by Richard Taylor, Optometrist at Raxworthy Opticians in Christchurch, Dorset.

Amy, 22, who studied Fine Arts, had looked at other options to correct her sight but is delighted with the results of Ortho-k –

“I looked at laser but with the cost it wasn’t an option. I saw this and thought it looked amazing.”

Amy, who has a prescription of -4.00 dioptres started using Ortho-k seven months ago and had immediate results -

“After the first night of wearing the lenses at night I was -1.00 dioptre in the morning, and after a few nights I had perfect vision when I woke up. I can work all day and even if I am out until 3am on a Saturday night I can put my lenses in late and still see well the next day.

“I hated wearing glasses as they always slipped down when I worked, and my contact lenses used to dry out as I was staring at the same point for a long time when I work. I can spend up to eight hours on a piece of work. It is literally the best thing I have done – to be able to wake up in the morning and see – there were so many things that were awkward or inconvenient with glasses.”
Abigail turned to Ortho-k when she saw Amy’s success –

“I decided to give it a go, even though my prescription is only -1.25 dioptres. I hated glasses and had problems with wearing contact lenses during the day, but these lenses are fine at night. Once my eye had moulded to them they go in perfectly. The results are brilliant for my work, and I recently went travelling in South East Asia and the elephants were splashing water in my face – I couldn’t have enjoyed that with contact lenses or glasses.”

Dry Eye is focus of a new BCLA Certificate.

July 2017

Eye care practitioners will now be given the chance to work towards a certificate in Dry Eye as part of a new education programme launched by the British Contact Lens Association.

The new CET-accredited programme will focus on clinical skills for Ocular Surface Health (OSH) and Dry Eye, allowing BCLA members to gain CET points while working towards a Dry Eye certificate or a higher level to lead to a BCLA Fellowship.

BCLA leaders have put together an education resource to allow clinicians access to new specialised avenues supported by training and peer assessment.
The programme is in response to what is seen as the ‘changing face of the profession’, taking into account research such as the Forsight report and highlighting a need to increase the scope of optometry and contact lens practice.

Cheryl Donnelly, chief executive of the BCLA, said: “We are confident this course will help guide practitioners to improve their skills in managing the Dry Eye and managing Ocular Surface Health whilst ensuring the retention of contact lens patients in practice and minimise drop outs due to discomfort.

“The programme forms part of BCLA ‘s commitment to supporting its members, who will be able to access all online materials required for this course free of charge.”

The issue of Dry Eye formed a cornerstone of the education segment of the 2017 BCLA Conference held in Liverpool, where a ‘Dry Eye Symposium’ allowed clinicians to gain credits towards the certificate, as well as numerous workshops to mark the start of this programme.

The programme will be available to members from October 2017.

Professor James Wolffsohn of Aston University said: “Dry eye screening should form part of routine examination in clinical practice, with specialist practitioners with a BCLA qualification well placed to offer the specialist service needed to diagnose and manage the disease.”

A BCLA Dry Eye Certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course. The certificate can be achieved by any optometrist or CLO who attains six credits and a final OSCE style examination.

The six credits are available from five online modules and one relevant Dry Eye or OSH workshop, peer review or lecture (GOC approved validated with CE number). This certificate will need to be renewed every four years.


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