Content Listing for Clinical practice

In this article we draw on the results of our own research studies to identify some key communication issues in eye care consultations.

Speaker: Mandy Davidson BSc MCOptom

Kim Thomas looks at new developments in optical coherence tomography hardware, including faster refresh rates and increased accuracy, and wonders what the future holds for the technology.

COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare: a review

New research has found links between the severity of visual impairment and the risk of dementia. Kathy Oxtoby asks: how can optometrists play a greater role in supporting patients with these conditions?

This article guides optometrists in practice-based research, considering the process surrounding dissemination of research findings.

From refractive error to dashed career opportunities, Kim Thomas discusses the lifelong consequences of amblyopia.

This article outlines an audit of dry-eye prescribing in community practice, examining the factors associated with long-term lubricant use.

Kim Thomas explores ocular immune privilege – how does it work, what benefits does it offer and what happens when it goes wrong?

This article reviews the utility of telemedicine in community practice.

Natalie Healey explores how optometrists can support the diagnosis and management of cerebral visual impairment.

This article outlines a range of dry-eye disease management strategies available at each severity level and between subtypes of the disease.

Adrian O'Dowd looks at researchers' efforts to treat fading accommodation more effectively now and in the future.

This article supports eye care practitioners to consider myopia management options, so they can apply evidence-based practice to their advice, in consultation with the patient, in selecting the most appropriate management plan.

The floodgates have opened for a new era of gene therapy that can treat the inherited causes of eye disease. Becky McCall reports.

AMD

This article provides practical tips for assessing and managing eye health in people with varying degrees of hearing loss.

Consultant Ophthalmologist Damian Lake looks at the history of corneal collagen cross-linking in treating keratoconus, the current indications for its use, and the most up-to-date refinements to the procedure.

This article outlines the clinical implications for patients affected by impaired face perception.

AMD

Prashant Shah MCOptom PGDipOphth DipClinOptom on the differential diagnosis of OMG when patients present with diplopia or ophthalmoplegia and an existing autoimmune condition.

This article describes an audit to evaluate how the COVID-19 pandemic affected hospital contact lens services.

Adrian O’Dowd asks if the growing use of topography in community optometry will lead to wavefront analysis gaining traction as a complementary tool.

This paper describes the common visual problems associated with learning disability in adult patients.

Graham Clews reports on the potential impact of SLT, as a study finds it could reduce the need for traditional treatments for glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

This article considers the ocular microbiome and its relevance to optometrists and contact lens practice.

A part of the ageing process or an indication of retinal tear or detachment? George Winter talks to experts about how patients presenting with flashes and floaters should be managed.

This article discusses the reasons why compliance matters, factors that influence and the consequences of poor compliance.

Half of those with anterior uveitis carry the HLA-B27 antigen on their white blood cells. Kim Thomas explores the role this genetic association plays in eye disorders.

This article evaluates the refractive management and visual outcome of patients who have previously undergone keratoplasty following herpes simplex keratitis.

Kim Thomas weighs up the risks and rewards of minimally invasive surgical techniques.

This paper reviews the history and current use of the lissamine green dye in ocular examination.

Ocular cancers are uncommon but serious. Thankfully, there are world-class specialist centres here in the UK. Carina Bailey looks into the service they provide.

The authors present a case report of a 74-year-old Caucasian woman with a palpable mass in the right lower eyelid which transpired to be a metastasis from undiagnosed breast cancer.

The new discipline of oculomics uses machine learning to detect biomarkers of systemic health in the eye. Kim Thomas asks: how does it work, what are its ethical implications, and will it be the future of the profession?

This article outlines the evidence used to demonstrate the complex aetiology of myopia development and discusses how the supposed opposing influences of genetic factors and environmental influences can be used to further our understanding of myopia.

John Windell asks whether more practices should consider adding the specially designed night-time RGP lenses to their portfolios.

This article provides optometrists with a framework to meet the eye care needs of children with significant learning disabilities.

Becky McCall looks at how the latest research has linked air pollution with eye health, and the advice to give patients on how to protect themselves.

This article summarises the key findings of a survey taken by members of the College of Optometrists investigating changes in clinical optometric practice in the UK as a result of the pandemic including the challenges and benefits identified.

Léa Surugue discusses taking a needs-based approach to clinical care, and the need to build communication and training skills.

This article provides guidance on the optometric assessment and management of patients with posterior cortical atrophy.

What are the potential benefits of home glaucoma monitoring – and the challenges to be overcome? Juliette Astrup reports.

This article reviews the evidence underpinning our contemporary understanding of the mechanics of presbyopia.

With the global prevalence of myopia predicted to reach 50% and rates in the UK rising, should optometrists be embracing myopia management techniques? Madeleine Bailey reports.

The first ocular gene therapy has now been approved for use as a treatment, therefore it is important optometrists have a basic understanding of genetics and gene therapy. This article will help with answering patient queries, managing patients and appropriate referrals.

OCT

This article familiarises optometrists with the universal way of reporting refractive surgery clinical outcomes, covering the four main areas of accuracy, efficacy, safety and stability.

This study reports on an audit carried out in the emergency eye care (EEC) service at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

This article describes the origins and implementation of a gradual build-up to a maximum wear time for soft contact lenses, along with new evidence demonstrating the potential for change.

This paper describes a new algorithm - MOLES – to distinguish choroidal naevi from melanomas.

This article reviews the research into digital technology innovation and home monitoring in the management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma.

This review aims to inform readers about thyroid eye disease.

This review discusses the basic principles of brain imaging together with an explanation of what brain imaging can tell us about vision and visual disorders.

This article reviews the evidence for the protective effect of daylight on myopia.