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COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare: a review

Speaker: Mandy Davidson BSc MCOptom

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Kathy Oxtoby asks how optometrists can communicate effectively with patients who cannot verbally communicate.

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.

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 literature review provides an overview of the ocular changes that can occur during pregnancy.

OCT

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 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.

Many people suffering from hypertension don’t even know they have a problem. But in the right setting, writes Léa Surugue, Optometrists can be part of the solution.

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

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

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

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 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

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

A snapshot of driver attitudes to requiring a vision check undertaken in a sample of 100 consecutive patients in optometry practice who held a driving licence.

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

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

This article considers sight in the context of our other senses and how our understanding of the senses has changed over time.

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.

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.