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.
OPO Special - Part 2: hospital optometrists survey and cataract advice
In this second episode of the OPO special edition podcast, Daniel speaks to two OPO journal authors; Paddy Gun MCOptom, Principal Optometrist for Education and Training at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and Emily Charlesworth MCOptom, Clinical Research Optometrist at Bradford University. In the first half of the podcast, Daniel talks to Paddy about the results of the second national survey on the scope of practice of optometrists working in the UK Hospitals. In the second part, Emily tells Daniel about her investigations into the advice optometrists give their patients on target refraction when discussing cataract surgery. Check out the other OPO episode, where we talk to more College PhD scholars about their work. To read the articles and for more OPO papers, visit www.college-optometrists.org/OPO
June 17, 2022
OPO Special - Part 1: Is 'comfortable’ print size a useful clinical parameter?
In this two-part special OPO edition of the podcast, Daniel and Martin speak to College scholars, Associate Professor Keziah Latham FCOptom and Doctor Jane Macnaughton FCOptom from Anglia Ruskin University. They discuss their research paper, asking if patient-identified ‘comfortable’ print size is a useful clinical parameter for low vision reading assessment. Look out for the second episode with three more OPO journal authors, celebrating the work of College PhD scholars. To read the articles and for more OPO papers, visit www.college-optometrists.org/OPO Links mentioned in this episode: RNIB Technology for Life team Macular Society Connect by Tech service
June 17, 2022
WebinarXtra: The future of contact lenses
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Paramdeep talks to Dr Manbir Nagra MCOptom following her webinar on contact lenses. In her webinar, Dr Nagra provided a summary of recent developments in the field of contact lenses and considered the groundwork required to ensure ECPs are prepared for the expected changes. Dr Nagra answers all those questions there wasn't time to cover during the live webinar. Dr Nagra is an optometrist, educator, and researcher working mainly in the fields of myopia, contact lenses, and health technologies. Members can watch a recording of the webinar in the College's learning area. Join our live webinars.
May 26, 2022
Creating an AMD one-stop shop
In this episode, Daniel and Martin speak to Principal Optometrist, Denise Voon MCOptom, and Retinal Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Markus Groppe, about their unique AMD Medical Management Pathway at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The pair discuss: how the AMD service was set up, offering an efficient one-stop-shop; the benefits to patients of the ‘treat and extend’ model of care; and how to motivate change and practitioner buy-in.
April 27, 2022
Vision Care for Homeless People
Our Clinical advisor Daniel Hardiman-McCartney talks to Elaine Styles optometrist and co-founder of Vision Care for Homeless People, about eye exams, dispensing, glass repairs and referrals for the many different groups of people without a home. They discuss: the barriers to receiving eye care; the most common reason for homelessness, specific factors important to dispensing glasses; working with other health professions; the impact of the pandemic; and the many ways you can help. Find out more at: www.visioncarecharity.org.
February 28, 2022
The restoration and transformation of eye care pathways post-COVID-19
Dr Melanie Hingorani FRCOphth Clinical Lead for Eye Care Restoration and Transformation at NHS England, and the College's clinical adviser, Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, discuss the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on referrals, patient outcomes, the changes on eye care that the pandemic has brought, and how eye care might look in the future.
December 08, 2021
OiP: COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare
Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, Editor of OiP, and Professor Shahina Pardhan MCOptom, Director of Vision and Eye Research Institute at ARU, discuss the impact of COVID-19 on eye health and eyecare. They look at the evidence around the link between COVID-19 and sore eyes, photophobia and watery eyes, and the effect of the pandemic on contact lens wearers. They also focus on the need to inform patients of COVID-19-related eye health issues and how and where they can seek advice when suffering from an eye complaint. Professor Pardhan is co-author of the paper: COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare: a review. To read the paper head to: https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/covid-19-and-its-impact-on-eyecare-a-review.html For more Optometry in Practice articles, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/OiP
November 17, 2021
Reforming prisoners through optometry
After optometrist Tanjit Dosanjh's own father was imprisoned for a serious criminal offence 2003, he knew that he wanted to do all he could to change the lives of those entering the system. He used his own knowledge and skills to set up The Prison Optician Trust, which provides offenders with training in optics and a brighter future away from crime. He believes that other professions should do the same. In this episode, Daniel talks to Tanjit and one of his trainees - an ex-offender who has just qualified as a dispensing optician, and who now has a thriving career in optics. To find out more about the The Prison Optician Trust, visit: https://prisonopticians.org/ To read more about Tanjit's career in our Acuity article: https://www.college-optometrists.org/acuity-resource/career-profile-tanjit-dosanjh.html
October 08, 2021
Risks of aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in practice
In this episode, Daniel has a fascinating conversation with Professor Jose-Luis Jimenez, aerosol expert and fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. In July last year, Professor Jimenez was one of 239 experts in multiple scientific fields who signed an open letter to the CDC and WHO (1) urging them to recognise inhalation as the main mode of transmission of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Daniel and Professor Jimenez’s conversation covers the difference between droplet and aerosol transmission, why it matters and how to reduce the spread, plus Jose’s publicly available modelling tool, which you can use to estimate the transmission risk in your practice (2). Professor Jimenez shares his own personal recommendations on specific mask types. The College continues to align its views and recommendations on masks with those of Public Health England. Resources mentioned 1. It Is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/71/9/2311/5867798 2. Aerosol Transmission Estimator Tool - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16K1OQkLD4BjgBdO8ePj6ytf-RpPMlJ6aXFg3PrIQBbQ/edit#gid=519189277 3. Indicators for Risk of Airborne Transmission in Shared Indoor Environments and their application to COVID-19 Outbreaks - https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.04.21.21255898v1 4. Exhaled CO2 as a COVID-19 Infection Risk Proxy for Different Indoor Environments and Activities - https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00183 5. Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0195670121000074
August 20, 2021
WebinarXtra: Common optic neuropathies
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Consultant Ali Yagan following his webinar on common optic neuropathies, where he presented cases on different types of optic neuropathies and optic nerve swelling, to help optometrists identify urgent situations and when patients need to be managed as an emergency. Ali answers all those questions there wasn't time to cover during the live webinar. Ali is the Consultant, Education Lead and Clinical Supervisor at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=297 For more live webinars, visit: www.college-optometrists.org/events Share your thoughts and questions for a chance to have them included in the next podcast episode. Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
July 06, 2021
WebinarXtra: Is this child likely to be myopic?
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Clinical Adviser, Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom, asks Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom and Dr Sara McCullough MCOptom questions there wasn't time to answer during their live webinar. The webinar discussed recent findings from the part College-funded Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) Study, and how it can help optometrists identify children at risk of future myopia. Kathryn is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science and Sara is a lecturer of Optometry and Vision Science, both at at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. Watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=289 For more live webinars, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/events Share your thoughts and questions for a chance to have them included in the next podcast episode. Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message
June 21, 2021
How refractive blur affects driver judgement and our Focus On Life campaign
In this episode, Martin talks to Dr Joanne Wood - a Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia - about her latest research published in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO) on how “Refractive Blur Affects Judgement of Pedestrian Walking Direction at Night”. And Daniel speaks with the College’s own PR Manager, Ann Marie Stevens and Marketing and Communications Executive, Abby Duggan, to find out about the inspirational #FocusOnLife campaign, highlighting the importance of vision. Read Dr Joanne Wood’s OPO research paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/opo.12811 and for more OPO papers, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/OPO/ Learn how you can get involved in the Focus On Life campaign here https://www.college-optometrists.org/FocusOnLife/ and here https://www.college-optometrists.org/Alice/
May 28, 2021
WebinarXtra: Monitor, manage, treat or refer?
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Michelle Hanratty MCOptom Dip Tp(IP) on how to decide what is best for your patient. Michelle - an Independent Prescribing Optometrist in private hospital practice - provides guidance on how to determine when to manage or monitor a patient’s condition and when to refer. Conditions include flashes and floaters, PVD, pseudophakic cystoid macular degeneration, suspect glaucoma and cataract referral. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=290 There are also two companion courses available to members worth one non-interactive CET point each until 16 December 2021: Patient management and referrals – part one: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=278 Patient management and referrals – part two: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=279
May 12, 2021
Mental health and newborn eye care
In this episode Daniel and Martin interview not one, but two special guests. Martin, a new parent himself, discusses eye-related issues to look out for in newborns with Dr Gill Adams, a consultant paediatric ophthalmologist and strabismologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Daniel speaks with Mental Health Counsellor, David Beeney, following his webinar for Bitesize, about how we can take better care of the mental health of our teams and ourselves. Members can watch a recording of David’s webinar here: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=280 Check out Gill's blog for our patient website 'Four eye health warnings for parents to look out for': https://lookafteryoureyes.org/four-eye-health-warnings-in-new-born-babies/
April 21, 2021
WebinarXtra: Is this young child going to be at risk for strabismus or amblyopia?
Dr Rowan Candy delivered the keynote lecture at our recent virtual conference, Optometry Tomorrow Bitesize, on young children who are at risk for strabismus and amblyopia. The session looked at the refractive and ocular motor development of infants and preschoolers in the context of clinical assessment and care. In this episode of WebinarXtra, College President - Colin Davidson FCOptom - asks Dr Candy all those questions there wasn't time to cover during the live event. Dr Rowan Candy FARVO is the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor at Indiana University School of Optometry Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2020: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=288 To book your place on one of our live events, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/events
April 13, 2021
WebinarXtra: A headache for optometrists
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel catches up with Dr Benjamin Wakerley to answer questions there just wasn't time to cover during the live event. In his webinar, Dr Wakerley spoke about different types of headache with a focus on migraines, and the red flag symptoms and "eye signs" to look out for. Dr Benjamin Wakerley is a Consultant Neurologist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point before 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=265 To book onto a live webinar, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/events
April 07, 2021
WebinarXtra: Glaucoma laser treatments; what are they and should optometrists be doing them?
Martin and Daniel bring you another WebinarXtra, where we answer questions there just wasn't enough time to answer during our live session. This time, Daniel talks to Dr Dan Rosser MCOptom FAAO DipTp(IP) DipGlauc about two common laser interventions for glaucoma and related conditions: Laser Peripheral Iridotomy and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty. Watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021 at: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=266 To book onto a live webinar, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/events
March 30, 2021
WebinarXtra: Urgent ophthalmology cases
This week Martin and Daniel bring you another WebinarXtra covering all those questions there wasn't time to answer during the webinar. In this episode, College Clinical Adviser Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom talks to Rhys Harrison - a consultant at the Bristol Eye Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Trust. Rhys' webinar was aimed at community optometrists and how they can identify patients requiring urgent referral. It focused on less well recognised cases, including Horner’s Syndrome, urgent causes of diplopia such as third nerve palsies, sixth nerve palsies and Wernicke’s encephalopathy. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=264 To contact our Clinical Advisers, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/advice.
March 23, 2021
WebinarXtra: What’s changed in the College's Guidance for Professional Practice?
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Clinical Advisers Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom and Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom, answer questions there wasn't time to cover during their webinar, which discussed recent changes to the Guidance for Professional Practice and how this will affect you in practice. Watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=263 Read the updated Guidance for Professional Practice here https://www.college-optometrists.org/guidance - or download the College app which gives members access to a range of core clinical guidance, even when working offline: https://www.college-optometrists.org/app To contact our Clinical Advisers, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/advice
March 10, 2021
Nutrition for optometrists
The world of nutrition and nutritional supplements can sometimes be a minefield for both patients and optometrists. In this “Take Over” episode of the College's podcast, optometrist and avid listener, Sophie Hinton MCOptom speaks to Dr Rani Banik, New York neuro-ophthalmologist, and functional medicine MD, about the role of nutrition in eye care. Following her own experience with migraines, Dr Banik applies principles of complementary and alternative medicine in conjunction with traditional medical approaches to treat chronic diseases affecting the visual system in her practice. Their conversation covers the key nutrients and foods patients can eat to promote eye health, the use of supplements, how antioxidants in food may reduce cataract formation and the limits of nutrition science. To learn more, take the Colleges course; An introduction to nutrition for an optometrist, available at www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/an-introduction-to-nutrition-for-an-optometrist.html For more information about Dr Banik’s work, visit rudranibanikmd.com/
February 19, 2021
WebinarXtra: Delivering eye care in the current lockdown – your questions answered
In January 2021, a national lockdown was reintroduced in England. Now the whole of the UK is in lockdown and, in accordance with each nation's government directives, primary care is open and optometry remains in Amber Phase. The College hosted a webinar on 14 January with a panel of representatives from The College, ABDO,AOP, FODO and GOC, answering questions from practitioners. Although, we aimed to answer the key questions, we did not have time to answer all the questions posed by the audience. In this episode, the panel reconvenes to cover as many possible of the recurrent themes and answer outstanding questions. Members can watch a recording of the webinar on the following link: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=276
January 27, 2021
20 years of advising the profession
With the end of an extraordinary year approaching, Martin and Daniel thought it was time for a bit of nostalgia. Having recently stepped down from her role after nearly 20 years as The College's Clinical Adviser, Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom takes a historical trip down memory lane with our Museum Curator, Neil Handley. They talk about what it's like representing the profession in the media; providing guidance in unprecedented times; and what the profession might look like in the future. More information about our Clinical Advisers is available here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/Advice Test your skills using our Ethical Scenarios: https://www.college-optometrists.org/EthicalScenarios
December 22, 2020
OiP: MOLES algorithm - scoring system for managing patients with melanocytic choroidal tumours
Choroidal naevi can be difficult to distinguish from melanomas, which means that many patients with benign tumours are referred to hospital eye clinics while urgent treatment of those with melanoma is delayed. In this episode of the College's podcast, Optometry in Practice Editorial Board member, Dr Lindsay Rountree MCOptom talks to Professor Bertil Damato PhD FRCOphth FCOptom about a scoring system to estimate the likelihood of malignancy, and how to manage patients accordingly. Professor Damato is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Oxford Eye Hospital. He was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the College in 2010 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to ocular oncology. Dr Rountree is Lecturer in Optometry at the University of Bradford. To read the full paper and gain one non-interactive CET point until 28 February 2022, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/the-moles-acronym-scoring-system-and-protocol-for-managing-patients-with-melanocytic-choroidal-tumours.html More Optometry in Practice articles are available from www.college-optometrists.org/oip
December 15, 2020
WebinarXtra: Double trouble - when ocular motor nerves go horribly wrong
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom DipTp(IP) who answers all those questions there wasn't time to cover during his popular webinar on ocular motility. Simon's webinar covered the anatomy of the cranial nerves involved in ocular motility, their surrounding structures, and the common causes of nerve palsy. Simon works as an optometrist and orthoptist both in a hospital setting and private practice. He regularly delivers lectures and workshops to optometrists on binocular vision. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=261 For more webinars, visit www.college-optometrists.org/events
November 23, 2020
Living with hallucinations
Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) is a common, but little known condition which refers to the silent visual hallucinations experienced by people who have lost part or all of their sight. They can often be distressing for patients and misdiagnosed by professionals as being a mental health issue. In this episode of the College's podcast, Martin and Daniel bring you a fascinating conversation with Judith Potts, Founder of Esme's Umbrella, and Nina Chesworth who lives with the condition. Following her own mother's experience with CBS, Judith has been tirelessly campaigning to raise awareness of the condition amongst the public and professionals alike. For more information about Esme's Umbrella and for patient support, visit www.charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk. For information on CBS on the College's patient website, visit lookafteryoureyes.org/eye-conditions/charles-bonnet-syndrome/. Nina writes a blog about her sight loss journey at www.blindbutsound.co.uk.
November 13, 2020
I'm a foreign body, get me out of here!
In this episode of the College's podcast, we cast our minds back to February 2020 when Martin spoke to Malcolm McPherson MCOptom about managing corneal foreign bodies. Little did they know when they merrily discussed the perils of removing particles from the eye, what was to lie ahead. Malcolm talks about the types of cases he's come across, when to refer and when to take matters into your own optometric hands. This episode was recorded pre-COVID. Please ensure that any procedures you perform are COVID-safe and comply with the guidelines in your nation. For the latest COVID guidance, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/COVID-information Malcolm is a partner in an independent, clinically based optometry practice in Aberdeen. This episode was recorded at The College's annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow, where Malcolm was also a guest speaker. To find out more about the conference, visit http://www.optometrytomorrow.org
October 22, 2020
WebinarXtra: OCT in community practice with Mike Horler MCOptom
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Mike Horler MCOptom who answered all those 'Xtra' questions there wasn't enough time to cover during his webinar. Mike provides a greater understanding of how to interpret OCT scans in diagnosing macula and disc conditions, making accurate diagnoses and referral decisions. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=238
October 14, 2020
OiP: Lissamine green – where have we been and where are we now?
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, interviews Claire McDonnell MSc elearning FAOI, one of the authors of the recent paper 'Lissamine green – where have we been and where are we now?'. Claire talks about the importance of lissamine green as part of an anterior eye assessment, previous issues affecting its availability, conjunctival staining compared to corneal staining, the availability of new stains, and its application when also using sodium fluorescein. To read the paper and gain one non-interactive CET point until 31 July 2021, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/lissamine-green-where-have-we-been-and-where-are-we-now.html More Optometry in Practice articles are available from www.college-optometrists.org/oip
September 29, 2020
COVID and the eye with Professor John Lawrenson FCOptom
Martin and Daniel bring you another College podcast episode and, this time, Martin talks to Professor John Lawrenson FCOptom of City University, London, about his editorial published in the July issue of the prestigious optometry journal, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO). The paper provides a review of the evidence relating to COVID-19 and the eye, methods of transmission and practice implications. To read Professor Lawrenson's paper, visit https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/opo.12708 Read our COVID-19 guidance for optometrists here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-guidance-information.html For more about OPO, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/OPO
September 16, 2020
The 15 seconds, 30-minute movement with Dr Rachel Pilling
Have you ever wondered how your actions affect those around you on a day-to-day basis? In this episode of the College's podcast, Martin and Daniel talk to Dr Rachel Pilling, a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Bradford Teaching Hospitals and, along with Dan Wadsworth, the co-founder of the '15 seconds, 30 minute' social movement - a movement designed to reduce frustration and spread joy at work. Find out how you can make a small change to your daily practice that will have a huge impact on those around you. Rachel specialises in paediatric ophthalmology, including squint surgery and retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment. She is part of a team which provides visual assessments to children with developmental delay and special needs in eye clinic and when visiting special schools. To find out more visit http://15s30m.co.uk/ This episode was recorded at The College's annual conference, Optometry Tomorrow, where Rachel was also a guest speaker. To find out more about the conference, visit http://www.optometrytomorrow.org
August 11, 2020
WebinarXtra: Scleral contact lenses for the regular eye with Katie Harrop MCOptom
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Katie Harrop MCOptom - Professional Services Director for No7 Contact Lenses - about the use of scleral lenses as an alternative to commonly fitted contact lenses. Katie answers all those questions you were itching to ask during her webinar but didn't get the time to. Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021 at https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=226
July 21, 2020
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 16 December 2021) at: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=228
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!
July 08, 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.
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 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=227 A recording of Mr Balaggan's first webinar 'Diagnosing PVD vs RD - knock out with dynamic vitreous assessment' is also available to College members: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=216
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.
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 16 December 2021. 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
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.
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 16 December 2021. 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.
May 06, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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 watch a recording of the webinar on the College's website, which has 1 CET point available until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=209
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.
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
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
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)
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.
December 09, 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
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.
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.
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).
October 06, 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.
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.
September 02, 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.
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
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.
August 05, 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).
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.
October 15, 2018