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Articles in this edition cover: Therapeutics, OCT vs FFA, corneal confocal microscopy, amblyopia management and Britain's eye health.

The College responded to a consultation from the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre.

We speak to Professor John Lawrenson FCOptom about his role authoring and reviewing the College’s Clinical Management Guidelines.

This article reviews the use of topical beta-blockers for the treatment of glaucoma.

Our Clinical Adviser answers this question in the latest Clinical Adviser Files.

The first insight on the impact of therapeutic qualifications on optometric practice.

Anna Scott asks why so many optometrists are opting for a portfolio career.

We have a number of therapeutic points available to IP members struggling to cover their competencies by the end of this year.

The Deputy Chair of CET Approvers at the GOC on specialising in contact lenses and his decision to sell his independent practice.

The College has been working with the GOC on enabling IP optometrists to qualify despite the challenges of accessing appropriate clinical experience.

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.

Registered independent prescribers will be able to sign off individual clinical practice placement sessions for IP trainees.

Independent prescribing optometrists can establish a diagnosis and determine clinical management, providing better care to patients, writes Georgina Wintersgill

The GOC opens consultation on proposed changes to its requirements for education and training in independent prescribing.

The processes around issuing prescriptions can be confusing. Steve Smethurst asks: what’s required from independent prescribers and what differences divide the UK’s four nations?

MHRA agrees with the College view that chloramphenicol eye drops can be safely administered to children aged 0 to 2 years, where antibiotic eye drop treatment is indicated.

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.

We responded to a Royal Pharmaceutical Society consultation on a competency framework for all prescribers.

As sharps become more common in optometric practice, Léa Surugue shows how to handle the risks.

This week, the GOC agreed to the College’s proposal for a more flexible approach to meeting logbook requirements for optometrists training to be independent prescribers.

Which elements are key to the process of shared decision-making between clinician and patient? Georgina Wintersgill reports.

No one became an optometrist because they enjoyed keeping records, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a vital skill, says Steve Smethurst.

Paddy Gunn MCOptom, Principal Optometrist for Education and Training at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, explains how his research will help relieve burdens in glaucoma care.

A&E optometrists can see everything from DIY mishaps to domestic violence in a day's work, writes Steve Smethurst.

AI is pushing the boundaries of diagnosis, but are we on the verge of an antimicrobial dark age?

Georgina Wintersgill asks what optometrists should consider when seeing pregnant women.

A safe space with a culture of transparency can prevent whistleblowing issues in the first place, writes Kim Thomas. But what should optometrists do if they need to highlight malpractice?

We are all guilty of unconscious bias, but recognising our hidden prejudice is the first step to better patient relationships, writes Kathy Oxtoby.

Dr Cindy Tromans FCOptom explains how she combines her global roles with her day job on the UK front line.

The eye is second only to the liver as the most common site to be affected by drug toxicity.

Kathy Oxtoby asks what optometrists need to know about antimicrobial resistance.

Professionalism – ethical, patient-centred, communicative behaviour – is just as essential as any other dimension of practice, says Becky McGall.

Natalie Healey looks at how new clinical and business skills can help retain and attract patients.

A message from Clinical Editor Kieran Loft MCOptom

Léa Surugue looks at the dynamic expansion of next-generation artificial tears, and asks what other tailored products are emerging.

In each issue, Acuity poses a topical question to a panel of members.