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Opchat News send out Big Blue Light Survey to 4300+ Opticians and ophthalmologists
RCOphth release Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery

Opchat News send out Big Blue Light Survey to 4300+ Opticians and ophthalmologists

March 2018


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The Big Blue Light Survey

Blue Light, could have detrimental effects on the eye or the body or is it harmless, where do you stand?

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The issue of blue light protection is always topical. There will be a lively debate on this topic at Optrafair 2018 on Saturday 14 April, at 1230, in the CET Theatre, involving Professor John Marshall, Professor James Wolffsohn and other academics and experts. It is titled “What do we know about blue light”, and we recommend you register and attend.

There are plenty of individual studies and research viewpoints concluding that blue light presents risks, but understanding and acceptance of its effects remains debatable in the UK, perhaps even contentious.

Opchat News will be featuring this topic in the next month comparing how in the UK the profession and industry treat the risks of Blue Light differently from the USA and the rest of Europe in a clinical briefing paper.

In the run up to this Optrafair debate, Primary Health Net, through Opchat News, would like to survey the experiences of optometrists, dispensing opticians and those involved in this sector, like yourself, and your attitudes to blue light as a risk factor, with the knowledge available to you today.

As a person involved in giving professional advice to patients or as an academic advising the profession, do you:

• Actively discuss blue light and protective measures

• Remain sceptical that risk exists or that it is unproven and refrain from discussing the topic with your patients

Please take our survey now. The information received will be invaluable to measure current thinking.

Responses received by April 9 2018 will be entered into a draw to win £100 of John Lewis vouchers. The findings will be shared in future news stories of Opchat News published by

Primary Health Net.

Thank you for taking part

Please Click here to begin survey.

RCOphth release Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery

March 2018

The Royal Following the release of Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery and a comprehensive set of informative patient information in April 2017, the RCOphth has now released a national data set to be used by clinics offering refractive surgery.

A national data set defines a standard set of information and data to be collected which is generated from patient care records. The National Data Set for Refractive Surgery provides organisations with a standardised list of relevant and well-defined variables to be collected in laser and implant based refractive surgery and associated pre and postoperative care.

The data recommendations include spectacle test results and tests of distance, intermediate and near vision without glasses (both eyes open) before and after surgery. Organisations will also collect a standard set of patient demographics, details of any problems during and after surgery, and the patients’ rating of their satisfaction with the outcome of surgery.

Bruce Allan, Chair of the RCOphth Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group commented, ‘By using the RCOphth’s data set recommendations, refractive surgery clinics will be able to see which procedures work best and obtain an accurate overview of how safe and effective modern vision correction surgery is within their organisation.’

At present datasets are already in available for the treatment of three common eye conditions; cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. Cataract surgery has led the way.

Results from the National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) Audit in Cataract Surgery have helped paint an accurate, contemporary picture of overall results and results for subcategories of patients with additional eye problems. This has helped surgeons and clinics to benchmark their own performance against national standards, and has also helped them to provide patients with more accurate counselling on what to expect from vision after surgery and what the risks are in their particular case.

Bruce Allan continued, ‘We are recommending that all providers of refractive surgery incorporate this standard set of outcome measures into their clinical care routine. Pooling information nationally will provide up-to-date, high quality information on outcomes for both surgeons and patients.’

View further information and download the National Data Set in Refractive Surgery Guidance.


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