College of Optometrists

College of Optometrists

By The College of Optometrists
Welcome to the College of Optometrists' new series of optometry podcasts. Our very own ex-hospital radio DJ (and Head of Research), Martin Cordiner, will be taking you through an optometric journey, covering topics such as the latest in eye health research and patient experiences.
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WebinarXtra: Smoothing out a bumpy ride in oculoplastics: distinguishing benign from malignant lesions, with Raj Das-Bhaumik
Our WebinarXtra episodes cover 'Xtra' questions there just wasn't time to answer during the live webinar. In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon, Raj Das-Bhaumik, about his recent webinar on suspicious lumps and bumps on the eyelids, with tips on which can be managed in practice and which need referring to the hospital eye service.  Mr Raj Das-Bhaumik is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital where he is former lead for lid oncology and is very much a specialist in this area.  He specialises in cosmetic and functional surgery including blepharoplasty, lid malposition and the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant tumours.  These range from chalazia to infiltrating cancers. He also specialises in eyelid reconstruction, trauma and treating watery eyes.  Mr Das-Bhuamik surgeons from around the world in these very specialised techniques and works closely with other surgical disciplines.  You can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point (until 17 December 2020) at: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=228
25:49
July 10, 2020
The eyes and lows of lockdown (Part 3): Taking care of your career
College Council member and optometrist,  Dr Parth Shah MCOptom,  takes over our airwaves for the final time in with his third COVID-themed podcast. In this episode, he talks to Sally Gosling, Director of Education at The College of Optometrists,  about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected optometrists’ professional roles, what they should be doing to respond to and take advantage of the evolving optical landscape, and how the College is actively supporting this through innovative CET, CPD and specialised higher qualifications. Learning opportunities mentioned in this episode include:  CPD Webinars - https://www.college-optometrists.org/webinars Online peer discussions - https://www.college-optometrists.org/events Virtual coffee mornings - https://www.college-optometrists.org/events Fellowship by portfolio - https://www.college-optometrists.org/fellowship COVID CET courses - https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/index.php?categoryid=58 Higher qualifications - https://www.college-optometrists.org/HQ Independent Prescribing course - https://www.college-optometrists.org/IP   This episode was recorded remotely and so may not meet our usual sound quality standards! 
21:17
July 8, 2020
The algorithm's gonna help you - with Professor Alastair Denniston
Daniel loves all our podcasts, but he was particularly excited to have the opportunity to talk to Professor Alastair Denniston at our annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow, back in February. Both Daniel and Martin spoke to Alastair - a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust - about uveitis, and how advances in scanning and machine learning will revolutionise care for patients. Alastair's cutting edge research is also using this information to determine biomarkers for the risk of systemic diseases such as stroke or heart attack, in an exciting developing area called oculomics. To read, the Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO) journal, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/OPO Details about our 2021 annual conference will be announced later in the year at www.optometrytomorrow.org.
42:06
June 16, 2020
WebinarXtra: Peripheral vitreoretinal disorders for optometrists with Mr Kam Balaggan
In the UK there are around 7,300 new cases of retinal detachment every year, with many patients presenting with flashes and floaters to optometrists. In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Kam Balaggan - Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts at Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary - about the most common causes of retinal detachment and how to spot them. College members who missed the webinar can watch a recording and gain one non-interactive CET point until 17 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=227 Mr Balaggan's first webinar 'Diagnosing PVD vs RD - knock out with dynamic vitreous assessment' is also available to College members online with one non-interactive CET point until 17 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=216
1:04:28
June 10, 2020
The eyes and lows of lockdown (Part 2): Taking care of your practice
College Council member and optometrist Dr Parth Shah MCOptom continues his podcast takeover with part two of 'The Eyes and lows of lockdown'. In this episode, he talks to Ophthalmic Director and independent prescriber, Maninder Gudray MCOptom Dip TP(IP). They discuss the impact of COVID-19 on optical practices and what practice owners could be doing to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on their practice.  If you would like the latest COVID-19 guidance for optometrists, visit www.college-optometrists.org/COVID-19 This episode was recorded remotely. Please bear with us while we trial the best way to bring you our podcast during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
17:08
May 22, 2020
WebinarXtra: Glaucoma case presentations - from core skills to diploma with Angela Whitaker MCOptom
Daniel catches up with Angela Whitaker MCOptom following her webinar where she presented case studies from glaucoma clinical practice patients who have been diagnosed and managed by optometrists. Find out why patients’ increasing risk of sight loss requires increasing levels of qualification and experience in the health care professional who is caring for them. College members who missed the webinar can watch a recording and gain one non-interactive CET point until 17 December 2020. https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=223 If you are an optometrist interested in gaining a higher qualification, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/HQ
34:45
May 21, 2020
The eyes and lows of lockdown (Part 1): Taking care of yourself
The COVID-19 lockdown seems to have given some people the opportunity to try their hand at new things. College Council member and optometrist Dr Parth Shah MCOptom has taken over our podcasts (temporarily, Parth!) and has produced a short series of three podcasts  - The eyes and lows of lockdown.  Parth and his guests will provide advice, support and ideas for your personal wellbeing, your professional development, and business planning ideas for your practice during the Covid -19 lockdown and recovery phases. In this episode, Parth talks to Kush Mandavia MCOptom, an optometrist who owns his own practices, is a trained yoga teacher and also volunteers with the Samaritans. Exhausted yet? Not Kush. He actively practises mindfulness and meditation, and in this episode, he tells us how to take care of our own wellbeing.  Fierce Grace yoga offer for College of Optometrists members Fierce Grace is an interconnected yoga system suitable for people at all levels. Each class has two qualified teachers - one to demonstrate and the other to give you tailored guidance. Kush Mandavia MCOptom, our podcast guest, is offering College members five free online classes and 30% off any class packs/ pricing options (no long-term contract).   To access this offer: 1. Go to Fierce Grace TV and register an account (https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/LoginLaunch?studioid=962601) 2. For your 5 free classes, select the pricing option 'Drop-In' and enter promo code OpCollegeClass during checkout 3. After your five free classes, use promo code OpCollege30 for 30% off any pricing option (including drop-ins) 4. Offer valid until 31st July 2020.
24:39
May 15, 2020
WebinarXtra: How to recognise diabetic retinopathy and manage your patients with Kate Powell MCOptom
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Kate Powell MCOptom, who answers questions from her recent webinar on diabetic retinopathy. The webinar was designed to help optometrists build their confidence in recognising the features of diabetic retinopathy, manage their patients, and learn how their role links with other aspects of diabetic patient eye care. Members of the College who missed the live webinar can watch a recording on the College's website and gain 1 CET point until 17 December 2020. https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=225  This episode was recorded remotely. Please bear with us while we trial the best way to bring you our podcast during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
29:42
May 6, 2020
The battle to save my only eye
Professor Bernard Gilmartin FCOptom has very severe macular degeneration which has resulted in a dramatic loss of vision in one eye and threatens the vision in his other. He has undergone a prolonged and challenging battle that has involved extensive surgery in an attempt to save the vision in his only eye.  Martin spoke to Professor Gilmartin and Mr Kam Balaggan, his physician, back in February 2020 at The College of Optometrists' annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow. Professor Gilmartin first captured the hearts of optometrists - many of whom he taught at university - at our conference in 2018, where he spoke candidly about his experience and Mr Balaggan's heroic efforts to save his remaining eye. Mr Balaggan is Consultant in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Cataracts Wolverhampton and Midland Counties Eye Infirmary. Details about our 2021 conference will be announced later in the year at www.optometrytomorrow.org.
1:01:49
April 27, 2020
Blazing the trail for women in vision science
A little later than planned, this month we talk to the inspirational Professor Shahina Pardhan - the first female Professor of Optometry in the UK. Professor Pardhan talks to Martin and guest host, Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, about her experience, the obstacles she faced in her own career and what can be done to remove those barriers for future generations. Professor Pardhan edited this month's special issue of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO), which celebrates some of the leading female vision scientists worldwide and is dedicated to Professor Dame Ida Caroline Mann. Professor Ida Mann was a distinguished ophthalmologist recognised for her work on embryology and development of the eye, as well as genetic and social influences on eye diseases. To read the latest edition of OPO, visit www.college-optometrists.org/opo Professor Pardhan's career was also featured in the College's member journal Acuity: https://www.college-optometrists.org/acuity-resource/through-the-glass-ceiling.html If you would like to join The Women in Vision UK group, contact Professor Shahina Pardhan at Shahina.Pardhan@anglia.ac.uk or email m.bailly@ucl.ac.uk.
35:43
April 10, 2020
OiP: The use of OCT in the detection and diagnosis of glaucoma with Dr Jonathan Denniss MCOptom
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, talks to Dr Jonathan Denniss MCOptom, one of the authors of a recent paper on the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the detection and diagnosis of glaucoma. Jonathan talks about the strengths and limitations of using OCT for glaucoma diagnosis and gives practical advice on how OCT can be used by optometrists.  To read this article, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/use-of-optical-coherence-tomography-in-the-detection-and-diagnosis-of-glaucoma.html (CET available until 30 April 2020). For more articles highlighting the latest research, analysis and opinion on a range of topics, as well as CET points, visit www.college-optometrists.org/OiP
11:09
February 28, 2020
Back and to the future of eyewear trends
This month we look at a different aspect of optometry - eyewear trends through the ages. Following on from London Fashion week, Neil Handley, Curator of the College Museum, discusses the history of spectacles with Daniel, exploring their unique status as a medical device and fashion accessory. Neil also talks to Senior Tutor in Footwear Accessories and Millinery at the Royal College of Art, Flora McLean, together with two of her design students, Rebecca and Ely, about the annual RCA Frame Design Competition and possible future trends. Find out more about the British Optical Association Museum and book a visit: www.college-optometrists.org/museum
1:11:56
February 21, 2020
WebinarXtra: Orthoptics for the busy optometrist with Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom replies to the member questions there wasn't enough time to answer during his recent webinar. The webinar covered diagnosis of binocular vision anomalies, how to identify and investigate conditions that can be treated by an optometrist, those that require referral, or do not require treatment. Members can see a recording of the webinar on the College's website, which has 1 CET point available until 17 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=209
36:40
February 14, 2020
Treating eye disease with gene therapy with Jasleen Jolly MCOptom
In the first episode of 2020, Martin and Daniel introduce Jasleen Kaur Jolly MCOptom, optometrist and researcher working at the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Wellcome Integrative Neuroimaging centre, University of Oxford, and Oxford Eye Hospital. Jasleen talks to Martin about how she got into research, imposter syndrome, how gene therapy works, which conditions are closer to being treated with gene therapy and what that means for optometrists, as well as the brain and the eye. Jasleen is involved in clinical research in the fields of retinal gene therapy, surgery outcomes and low vision. She is currently finishing a National Institute of Health Research funded PhD and also won the College's highly prestigious Philip Cole Prize for practice-based research in 2018.
42:06
January 17, 2020
WebinarXtra: Glaucoma - piecing together the puzzle with Adam Wannell MCOptom
WebinarXtra answers all those member questions we didn't have time to cover during our popular webinars. In this episode, Daniel talks to Adam Wannell MCOptom about glaucoma decision making. You can watch the webinar on the College's member learning area: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=208 
38:15
December 23, 2019
OiP: Keratoconus and cross-linking with Dr Vijay Anand MCOptom
In November we published a hospital optometry special issue of Optometry in Practice (OiP) to coincide with the AOP Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference. The College's Director of Research, Michael Bowen, went along to the conference to talk to one of the authors from the special edition, Dr Vijay Anand MCOptom, Deputy Head of Optometry at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust. Dr Anand talks about his co-authored paper Keratoconus and cross-linking (https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/keratoconus-and-cross-linking.html) including his experience with the condition; the development of new patient pathways; and the role of artificial intelligence. To read more OiP articles and to access CET (available from 6 January 2020), visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip
09:19
December 20, 2019
WebinarXtra: Interpreting OCT scans with Polly Dulley MCOptom
In her recent webinar (https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=213), Polly Dully MCOptom advised members on how to interpret OCT results of several patients with common ocular pathologies, and how to differentiate normal from abnormal. In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel asks all those questions we didn’t have time to cover during the webinar.  Other available courses:  OCT - interpretation and management part one (https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=176) OCT - interpretation and management part two (https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=182) Available webinars:  When to refer and when to monitor - using OCT to improve detection and diagnosis of common eye conditions (https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=200)
26:21
December 17, 2019
Living with AMD
In this episode, Daniel talks to Jane Johns, a retired health visitor living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and Vanessa Camp, a Senior Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at York Hospital Trust. Jane talks candidly about her own experiences from diagnosis, or failure to diagnose, through to her current role as a volunteer speaker for the Macular Society (www.macularsociety.org/). Vanessa advises what optometrists can do to help their patients.
37:42
December 9, 2019
WebinarXtra: Myopia management with Dr Nicola Logan MCOptom
New to our podcast, Daniel and Martin bring you WebinarXtra, where we answer all those member questions we didn’t have time to answer during our webinars. This time, we’re talking to Dr Nicola Logan MCOptom about myopia management. You can watch a recording of Dr Logan’s webinar on the College’s learning area: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=211
30:30
November 28, 2019
OiP: Myopia management with soft contact lenses
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, talks to Dr Susie Jones MCOptom, about her recent paper on 'Myopia management with soft contact lenses'. This episode includes Dr Jones’ top tips for optometrists thinking about offering myopia management, advice on managing patients’ expectations, and much more To read Dr Jones' article, visit www.college-optometrists.org/OiP-myopia-children-contact-lenses (CET available until 31 October 2020).  For more articles highlighting the latest research, analysis and opinion on a range of topics, as well as CET points, visit www.college-optometrists.org/OiP College members can order our patient leaflet on myopia and myopia management from www.college-optometrists.org/order and patients can find more information from our website, LookAfterYourEyes.org.
12:09
November 21, 2019
Orthoptics and optometry - spot the difference
In this episode of The College of Optometrists' podcast, Daniel talks to Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom who works as an optometrist and orthoptist both in a hospital setting and private practice. Simon regularly delivers lectures and workshops to optometrists on binocular vision. He talks about the difference between orthoptics and optometry, how the two approaches work, differences in prescribing prisms, and much more.
22:26
November 14, 2019
Can genetic testing predict myopia?
Genetic, or genomic testing, seems to be available for diagnosing a wide range of health conditions, but what if we could use the same method to predict myopia? Martin and Daniel introduce the latest episode in which Martin talks to Director of Research at Cardiff University, Professor Jeremy Guggenheim MCOptom who discusses the impact of genetics on myopia. Jeremy will be speaking at our annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow (www.optometrytomorrow.org), taking place on 23-24 February 2020 at the Telford International Centre.  Look out for our myopia patient leaflet, available for members to order free of charge (www.college-optometrists.org/order).
33:25
October 6, 2019
My optometrist saved my sight
When College Member, John Campbell MCOptom, set off for work two years ago, he had no idea how the day would unfold. Faced with a member of the public who had just been the victim of a chemical attack, John describes the horrific injuries and the steps he took to try to save his sight.  In this podcast, Daniel talks to Neil, the victim of the chemical attack, John Campbell MCOptom who provided the emergency care, and Kieran Loft MCOptom who provides the hospital after-care. Martin and Daniel bring you this month's podcast for National Eye Health Week (http://www.visionmatters.org.uk/), which promotes the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all. Please note: This podcast includes some graphic content describing the injuries.
33:27
September 23, 2019
Bonus: Through the eyes of an artist
Martin introduces this special bonus podcast, in which our museum curator, Neil Handley, interviews the College's artist in residence for 2019, Iluá Hauck da Silva. Iluá talks about the inspiration for her work, including growing up a medical household and her own vision problems.  Iluá's exhibition 'Pathos ocularis - the Beautiful and the Curious' will first be shown at Open House London (https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/1504) on Sunday 22 September from 1-5pm at The College of Optometrists, 42 Craven Street, London, WC2N 5NG. If you miss Open House, you can make an appointment to visit the College's museum at www.college-optometrists.org/museum.
18:59
September 2, 2019
The myopia epidemic
Martin and Daniel bring you another College podcast, in which Martin talks to Professor Chris Hammond, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Kings College London and St Thomas' hospital, and Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom, Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at Ulster University, about all things myopia. They discuss current evidence and how patients can be guided through their treatment options. A patient leaflet on myopia is available for College members to order at www.college-optometrists.org/order. Read more about The Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) study, which investigated refractive development in childhood and early adulthood at www.college-optometrists.org/NICER. Join us at our annual conference, www.optometrytomorrow.org.
53:02
August 27, 2019
OiP: Managing ocular allergy in optometric practice
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, interviews Dr Paramdeep Singh Bilkhu MCOptom about his recent paper on managing ocular allergies in optometric practice. Find out why allergic conjunctivitis is likely to be underdiagnosed; how to choose the best medication for your patients; and much more. To read Dr Bilkhu's article, visit www.college-optometrists.org/OiP-managing-ocular-allergy (CET available until 31 March 2020).  More Optometry in Practice articles are available from www.college-optometrists.org/oip
13:33
August 12, 2019
It's a hard knock hospital life with Patrick Gunn
Martin Cordiner, Head of Research, and Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, Clinical Adviser talk all things referral in this month's College of Optometrists podcast. Martin speaks to Patrick "Paddy" Gunn, Principal Optometrist for Education and Training at The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, about life in the hospital, glaucoma referral research and education and training. Paddy spoke at the College's main conference, Optometry Tomorrow (www.optometrytomorrow.org) in February 2019. 
33:21
August 5, 2019
The London Project to Cure Blindness with Professor Pete Coffey
Martin Cordiner, Head of Research, and Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, Clinical Adviser host this month's College of Optometrists podcast. Martin talks to Professor Pete Coffey about the 'London Project to cure Blindness'. Find out about the team's journey to prevent blindness using stem cell therapies to restore sight and improve the quality of life of those who suffer from retinal disease, especially age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Pete was also key note speaker at the College's main conference Optometry Tomorrow (www.optometrytomorrow.org). Find out more about The London Project to Cure Blindness (www.thelondonproject.org).
27:07
June 17, 2019
Pilot: AMD through the patient's eyes with Dr Deanna Taylor MCOptom
Martin Cordiner, Head of Research, and Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser, talk to Dr Deanna Taylor MCOptom about her research looking at age-related macular degeneration (AMD) through patients' eyes in The College of Optometrists' pilot podcast.  Deanna was the winner of the George Giles Postgraduate Research Prize in 2017. 
38:03
October 15, 2018