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As one of the UK’s foremost paediatric eye care researchers, Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom is leading practitioners in treating children.

Evelyn Mensah, Consultant Ophthalmologist, talks about the steps she is taking to encourage equality.

We meet Simon Berry MCOptom, a dynamic optometrist whose innovations range from equipment to assess people with learning disabilities to scanning moths’ eyes.

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

The College’s Clinical Editor on renewed excitement and optimism in the profession.

The Brain Tumour Charity’s Lorcan Butler on detecting serious disease during an eye examination.

Jane Veys MCOptom on breaking down the silos that define medical specialties.

We speak to Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom, Life Fellow of the College, about turning research interests into practical patient solutions.

Radhika Holmstöm examines the case for antioxidant and vitamin supplements preventing, or slowing the progress of, AMD.

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

The College’s Clinical Editor, Jane Veys MCOptom, on the value of curiosity in the clinical world.

Kieran Loft on his last stint at Acuity, and other changes in optometry.

Reflecting on practice in a time of pandemic.

New advances in eye screening technology are identifying conditions that would otherwise have remained hidden. But how do we interpret the results?

Kieran Loft MCOptom turns problems into potential.

A six-year College project to evaluate the effectiveness of enhanced service schemes is ending. Acuity speaks to its co-principal investigator Dr Robert Harper FCOptom

Léa Surugue reports on the potential changes that will stem from the General Optical Council’s development of new outcomes, educational standards and quality assurance processes for pre-registration optometry education.

Frank Munro FCOptom, GOC Scottish Registrar, on how optometrists have increased their relevance, influence and capabilities in Scotland and beyond.

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.

A lack of experience can put some optometrists off examining young children’s eyes. Anna Scott asks: how can they feel empowered and confident?

Has the direct ophthalmoscope become redundant, or does it remain a powerful teaching and diagnostic tool? Léa Surugue investigates.

Sophie Goodchild examines the success of online learning for providers and practitioners, and what the future holds.

Once it’s known you are a health professional, people may ask you for advice. Kaye McIntosh asks if it is ever appropriate to discuss clinical problems outside the consulting room.

AI-powered retinal scans can predict a patient’s risk of developing a particular disease, writes Kim Thomas. But they raise ethical questions that are not easy to solve.

A message from the Clinical Editor, Kieran Loft MCOptom.

Jane Veys looks at overcoming the barriers that prevent good eye care

The College’s Clinical Editor, Jane Veys MCOptom, on the gaps that exist in practice and between people

Clinical editor Jane Veys considers the advantages of a blended healthcare approach.

Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom is a director of two thriving independent practices, an HES orthoptist and optometrist, and a charity eye care provider in Kenya.

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.

We speak to Cathy Low, Director of Partnerships at the Thomas Pocklington Trust, to find out how her incredible career has been influenced by her own vision impairment.

Dr Louise Terry MCOptom on how her own experience of myopia is informing innovative ways to manage the condition in children.

Clinical editor Jane Veys considers the ocular benefits of a good night's sleep.

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

As the General Optical Council (GOC) consults on updating its requirements and processes for optometry and dispensing optician pre-registration education, Helen Gilbert looks at the rationale for the move. 

Clinical editor Kieran Loft considers a more flexible approach to optometry.

Parul Desai, CCEHC Chair, explains why her background in clinical and public health eye care is a perfect fit for a body that is helping to transform services.

Andrew Bastawrous talks about bringing eye care to some of the poorest people on Earth.

The College’s Clinical Editor, Jane Veys MCOptom, on rabbits in the headlights and royally good handovers

Rebekah Stevens MCOptom, the College’s Lead Assessor, explains how her career in academia has prepared her for the challenge of guiding and supporting pre-registration optometrists.

Professor Jez Guggenheim MCOptom, one of the UK’s leading myopia researchers, explains why recent breakthroughs could herald a new age of treatments.

Introducing the new Clinical Editor Jane Veys

Sejal Mistry MCOptom describes her time as a Darzi Clinical Fellow and improving patient access to eye care services.

Sharon Beatty MCOptom explains how the development of an innovative clinical model in Cardiff and south-east Wales is improving eye care services for all stakeholders.

Adrian O’Dowd looks at the current use of scleral lenses, their potential advantages and what optometrists need to know.

Traditionally, optometrists have worked solo, often for many hours in a dark consulting room. This brings advantages, as well as disadvantages, writes Anna Scott. So what is best practice?

Myopia case numbers are rising and treatment options vary, but are optometrists keeping an open mind on its causes and management? Adrian O’Dowd investigates.

Sometimes, progress is made not by inventing something new, but by looking at something that’s been around for a long time in a new way, says Kieran Loft.

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

With the Paralympics underway in Tokyo, Kathy Oxtoby reports on how patients with low vision can enjoy exercise and sport, and the benefits that go beyond keeping limber.

Jane Veys MCOptom on reducing the tears and fears of our patients

Seek out cutting-edge clinical content to address new challenges, says Kieran Loft MCOptom.

College Director of Research Michael Bowen looks at the legacy of 40 years of College-funded research and explains its relevance today.

The effort, cost and logistics of managing treatment for eye conditions can have a big impact on patients’ quality of life. What can be done to minimise their treatment burden?

The College’s Clinical Editor, Jane Veys MCOptom, on embracing the advantages of both digital and analogue

Shahina Pardhan MCOptom was the first female Professor of Optometry in the UK and is active in the Women in Vision UK network. She speaks to Acuity about how her experience can help other women in research.

With hospital ophthalmology departments under increasing strain, the need for appropriate referrals has never been greater. The latest research from Dr David Parkins FCOptom highlights where improvements can be made.

The College’s Clinical Editor, Jane Veys MCOptom, on the benefits and limitations of artificial intelligence.

As coordinator of the Vision Loss Expert Group, Professor Rupert Bourne has helped international bodies access accurate population-based data about eye health. Now he’s turning his attention closer to home.

One of our biggest challenges, both clinically and psychologically, is the patient with degenerative eye disease for which there is no cure.

A message from Clinical Editor Kieran Loft MCOptom

Adrian O’Dowd examines the latest opinions and research and asks what approach optometrists should take.

Léa Surugue looks at the costly and debilitating effects of migraine, and how better classification can protect patients’ health.

AI can give optometrists a head start in eye disease detection.

Adrian O'Dowd examines how optometrists can prepare for and best handle a backlog of child myopia diagnoses caused by the pandemic.

Pseudophakic cystoid macular oedema is a relatively common finding after cataract surgery, and optometrists are often the first to diagnose it, writes George Winter.

Adrian O’Dowd looks at how large-scale, digitised and sophisticated data in optometry is helping to improve care.

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

Helen Gilbert asks what are the signs of depression you should look for among those with low vision and how optometrists can help them

The Opticians Act 1989 underpins the General Optical Council’s regulatory work. Sophie Goodchild looks at why a review was needed, the response from stakeholders, and the next steps.

The College has invested over £5m over the last 40 years on optometry and vision science studies. Sophie Goodchild explores how valued research is, how it’s been incorporated into evidence based practice, as well as the accompanying challenges and opportunities.

Adrian O’Dowd looks at how education has been forced to adapt to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to ensure optometrists and optometry students can still access learning.

Adrian O’Dowd examines to what extent wide-angle fundus images and OCT, coupled with the impact of the pandemic, might replace the need for direct observation through retinal exams.

Clinical editor Jane Veys on the change from CET to CPD.