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This article provides a basic introduction to health and nutrition.

Our Clinical Adviser comments on the recent news article in the Metro.

You learn that your patient is in an abusive relationship, what should you do?

Around 18 million GOS forms are filled out by hand every year, but an online system is now available to submit claims electronically to PCSE. Natalie Healey explores the implications for practice, and an early adopter shares top tips for making the move.

Optometrists should be mindful of making suitable recommendations about cosmetic use and its subsequent removal and this paper provides guidance on its effects on ocular health.

You are asked to take home a box of clinical waste to dispose of at home. What should you do?

Clinical Editor Kieran Loft MCOptom and Consultant Neuro-ophthalmologist James Benzimra FRCOphth discuss a case of toxic nutritional optic neuropathy.

This study aims to inform delivery of public health programmes directed at children most in need of community support.

We have responded to a green paper on prevention public from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College, on the vital importance of handheld instruments in the eye examination.

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

Our Clinical Adviser comments on a new study that small increases in air pollution are linked to an increased risk of AMD.

A message from Colin Davidson, College President.

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

Incredible side-by-side photos show the true impact common eye conditions, such as cataracts and short-sightedness, have on obstructing drivers’ vision

A message from Colin Davidson, College President.

Articles cover: Disciplinary cases and the issues they raise, smoking and eye disease, the electrophysiology of vision and macular holes.

The College of Optometrists issues a statement on the amber guidance.

Acuity looks at the importance of early diagnosis of keratoconus, and how you can help signpost towards effective treatment and manage the patient over the long term.

Principal ocular causes for the condition, and how the standard eye examination should be modified to meet today's visual demands.

How should you market your business while avoiding outlandish claims and falling foul of the Advertising Standards Authority? Juliette Astrup reports.

From ocular allergy, through cosmetics and genetic disorders of the anterior eye, to driving without spectacle correction.

As of Monday 29 June 2020, all four UK nations are in the amber phase of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

One thing is certain: I wasn’t expecting the events of the last 10 weeks to take place when I wrote my last Optometry in Practice editorial in February this year.

Public Health England (PHE) has published their Atlas of variation in risk factors and healthcare for vision in England.

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

Not only is 2020 the year of vision, but it also happens to be Optometry in Practice's 20 year anniversary. Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, looks back at key publications to see what's changed in that time.

You might be surprised to know that false eyelashes, glitter and novelty contact lenses can cause a serious scare when it comes to eye health.

Dr David Robert Grimes looks at the eye health issues that are making the news.

Although Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples comprise just 3% of the total Australian population , they experience a significantly higher burden of ill health in comparison to other Australians.

Join Nicola and Oliver Gatehouse, owners of Ball & Gatehouse Opticians, as they update you on the challenges they have faced in their practice since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr David Robert Grimes looks at the eye health issues that are making the news.

There is higher prevalence of eye disease in the non-white population of the UK. A lack of awareness of increased risk and reduced uptake of eyecare services means sight loss is more prevalent.

You may have read in the news this week about Bradley Walsh’s struggle with blepharitis, an eye condition which causes inflamed and swollen eye lids. Here's what our clinical adviser had to say.

Eye health issues that are making the news.

How does the FtP system promote standards among optometrists, protect the public and maintain confidence in the profession?

The College of Optometrists Chair of the Board of Trustees has written an open letter to Simon Stevens and Matthew Swindells at NHS England about IT connectivity for primary optical care.

Eye health issues that are making the news.

Lisa Donaldson, Clinical Lead for SeeAbility, discusses the importance of establishing the new programme of care in special schools.

Our Clinical Adviser comments on an article by the Daily Mail on pinhole glasses and whether they have any benefits.

Eye health issues that are making the news.

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

Beloved British children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been re-released with entirely BLURRED text and illustrations to highlight the importance of children’s eyesight.

The General Ophthalmic Services Contract in England requires that a contractor has ‘appropriate arrangements for infection control and decontamination.’

Judith Potts, founder of Esme's Umbrella, discusses the effects of isolation on those who live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome.

Eye health issues that are making the news.

Ocular allergies are a common cause of red eyes presenting in optometric practice, with patients typically reporting itchy and watery eyes. This article aims to focus on the effective identification and treatment modalities for the most common subtype of ocular allergy.

UKHSA confirms that changes to the self-isolation period following Covid exposure applies to healthcare workers

Dr David Robert Grimes looks at the eye health issues that are making the news.

How failing vision, along with other symptoms of ageing can affect patients' management of their medication.

We have responded to a Health Education England call for evidence making the case for greater investment in the optometry workforce to support better integrated eye care now and in the future.

Dr David Robert Grimes looks at the eye health issues that are making the news.

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

Eye health issues that are making the news.

This paper gives a review of the people who access domiciliary eye care in the UK based on a large cohort of electronic records.

College produces new hay fever infographic, pollen calendar and social media assets for members.

Routine pre-screening may stop serious diseases slipping through the net, writes Helen Gilbert.

Does breastfeeding bring potential visual benefits?

Kim Thomas asks what causes acquired colour vision deficiency, and what it can tell us about underlying pathologies.

An examination of the links between smoking and eye disease.

New jobs board launched to support members looking for a new role, and those trying to recruit during this challenging period.

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

Homeless people, travelling people and vulnerable migrants have an increased prevalence of both short- and long-term illness compared to the general population.

College research shows that almost 60% of those dressing up will consider wearing novelty contact lenses.

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

The development of tamoxifen - from the early laboratory studies to the present-day use.

The vision sets out three key principles and recommendations for the development and governance of high quality eye care service.

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

Introduction  While consumers claim to be aware of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and its implications, few understand the impact on eyes

We've issued advice to help the general public look after their eyes during lockdown.

Andrew discusses the challenges of running a busy opthalmology department, and how COVID-19 will affect those entering the profession.

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

Caroline explains her passion for improving lives by volunteering with Vision Aid Overseas.

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

The multi-skilled optometrist talks us through her career path, which spans academia, clinical practice and industry.

Helping you to understand the basic concepts of health economics.

Vision plays a vital role in driving, and as a driver it’s important that you ensure you have the best vision possible.

How the camaraderie and clinical challenges in hospital optometry inspire this Consultant Optometrist.

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

The College of Optometrists has created and published templates for the collection of minimum patient data in two areas of secondary care, refractive error and low vision.

The Optometric Adviser to the Scottish Government explains how community practice has informed her career.

Guidance on current visual acuity standards for driving in the UK and advising patients on their fitness to drive.

We have reviewed and updated our Guidance for Professional Practice to ensure it aligns with each Nation’s public health advice, including the recommended respiratory infection prevention and controls to minimise risk of transmission.

The optometrist who set up an eye care charity for homeless people.

Optometrists talk to patients about eye health every day, and have an important role to play in health promotion and public health.

The College issues eye health advice as more families consider hosting their own fireworks display.

The senior clinical teaching fellow and higher qualifications expert discusses working in an education role alongside clinical practice.

Survey published as optometric services expand across Wales to offer wider care to patients

This businesswoman, teacher and examiner is an advocate for higher qualifications and embracing technological changes in optometry.

We've responded to a consultation on the development of a new Integrated Care System model in Northern Ireland.

Steve Smethurst asks if clinical appraisals or personal development plans should be introduced for all optometrists.

We've issued a statement in response to the GOC's call for evidence to review the Opticians Act (1989).

Key statistics from 40 years of college research

Which optometric services across the UK are taking on more of the healthcare burden, asks John Windell.

In the letter, we highlight the importance of vaccination against transmissible diseases, and the responsibilities our professionals have.

It is not mere sentiment, says Rima Evans – compassion is a behaviour that can bring about significant improvements in treatment, optometrist wellbeing and business outcomes.

The College responded to a DSHC consultation to support the extension of provision of free PPE to the health and care sector, including optometrists, after 31 March.

Reflecting on practice in a time of pandemic.

Survey published as optometric services expand across England to offer wider care to patients

A message from Colin Davidson, the College President.

Researchers explored whether visual information from a suppressed amblyopic eye can influence the conscious perception of stimuli presented to the fellow eye. We take a look at their study.

The College has responded to a consultation on whether health and social care staff had the right skills and training to provide effective care to people with a learning disability or autism.

A message from Colin Davidson, College President.

Our response to a recent contact lens promotion aimed at NHS workers

The antimalarial drug may be a glimmer of hope as coronavirus takes hold across the world, if the threat of retinopathy can be managed.

Coronation Street is currently running a storyline involving a character living with Charles Bonnet syndrome. We've listed a number of resources available to help keep you and your patients informed.

As the pandemic continues to affect people’s lives across the UK, interest in a viable vaccine is growing. The College's Director of Research, Michael Bowen looks at what guidance optometrists can offer patients on potential COVID-19 vaccines.

College of Optometrists encourages the public to seek eye care if they have concerns about their vision or eye health.

Léa Surugue looks at how to carry out effective virtual consultations in a time of social distancing and discusses the clinical and legal pitfalls.

MILLIONS of Brits could be suffering from eye problems dubbed ‘coronavision’ after feeling that their sight deteriorated during lockdown, according to a study for the College of Optometrists.

Professional boundaries can blur in online interactions. The language we use and our posts on social media may bring negative consequences for individual careers and the profession. Anna Scott asks what optometrists should know.

Join Faye McDearmid MCOptom, optometrist at Campbell & McDearmid in Redcar, as she updates us on her week at work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Non-medical contact lens fitting can now take place during the amber phase of the pandemic.

Lockdowns led to cancelled operations and check-ups. Becky McCall looks at the legacy of the pandemic for eye disease and sight loss, and the lessons that have been learned.

This outlines a COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service delivered from a network of optical practices, acting as urgent eye care hubs, to support the immediate and recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kieran Loft MCOptom turns problems into potential.

Our advice on eye protection when working in the home or garden.

We are pleased to announce that each nation's health system has confirmed that they support a move to the ‘Green’ phase on Tuesday 10 May 2022. From then, the College’s COVID-19 Amber phase guidance will no longer apply in all UK nations.

Why do people access eye care in some areas of the country, and don’t in others? And what are the barriers to accessing optometric services? Erin Dean examines inequalities in eye health.

Supporting patients in using their eye drops safely and easily.

The fourth and final part of Dr Deacon Harle's experiences of providing urgent and essential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With false eyelashes becoming increasingly popular, optometrists should be aware of the risks involved, writes Rima Evans.

Dr Deacon Harle FCOptom, Optometrist and Director at Osborne Harle in Kent, records his experiences of working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women outnumber men in optometry – but do they reach the senior positions and salary levels they deserve? Jo Waters reports.

The third part of Dr Deacon Harle's experiences of providing urgent and essential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Léa Surugue discusses opening up new patient streams by switching to corneal topography.

The second part of Dr Deacon Harle's experiences of providing urgent and essential care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acuity explores how businesses must now take extra care with its rules on data privacy, consent and security.

Update on optometric practice following the Government's announcement of new national restrictions in England

A scheme for schools to have extra pairs of spectacles to improve vision and academic achievement is now being extended to benefit thousands of children, reports Kathy Oxtoby.

Should optometrists be telling their glaucoma patients to give up yoga and quit coffee, or concentrate on more general lifestyle changes instead? Jo Waters asks three leading experts.

Join Rosie Gavzey MCOptom as she takes you through her experience of volunteering at London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital.

What ocular complications does Ehlers-Danlos cause and how should optometrists treat patients with this condition? Léa Surugue reports.

The Secretary of State for Health has announced stricter lockdown measures in Leicester for a two week period due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the city.

How to offer patients the best help around headaches.

With an array of bodies working hard to represent the sector’s interests, this guide shows what each one does, and how they interact.

Join David Cummins MCOptom, Optometrist and Partner at PLM Optometrists in Scotland, as he takes you through a series of real-life cases, managed at his practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How the pandemic has created new trends in contact lens wear and compliance.

Our growing range of resources will ensure that you can provide the best possible patient care during these uncertain times. 

FTP Committee members explain what happens after a complaint is made.

From today, optometrists in the whole of the UK will return to the Green phase as we stand down the Amber phase COVID-19 guidance.

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

The Westminster government has announced the easing of lockdown measures, including the opening of non-essential shops, from 15 June.

It’s frustrating when a patient reaches the consulting room door only to bring up a new topic, writes Steve Smethurst. How can communication be improved to avoid this?

Thinking about your experiences to gain insights into your practice, improve patient care and the way you work is all part of reflective practice. Sophie Goodchild explores how to bring the learning tool into personal clinical practice. 

We outline COVID-19 testing information for optometrists in all four UK nations.

Kathy Oxtoby asks how optometrists can keep patients calm and handle difficult conversations.

The College and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists has sent the following letter to Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care.

From vaccine hesitancy to blue-light filters, Steve Smethurst looks at the erroneous but unbudgeable beliefs that should be buried for good.

Our Director of Research, Michael Bowen, looks behind an alarming BBC news story about a Taiwanese woman who had four sweat bees living inside her eye.

Whether encouraging effort or tackling poor performance, interactions with colleagues can enter sensitive territory, writes Steve Smethurst.

We responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultation on Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public.

Rima Evans speaks to the optometrists who have forged an academic career.

Going back to work after a long break can be daunting. Sophie Goodchild provides advice and insights on making a successful return to the consulting room.

In advance of the release of Apple’s new operating system IOS 13, The College of Optometrists has issued the following comment:

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

Join Donya Gharanei MCOptom, Optometrist at Specsavers Opticians in Acocks Green, as she discusses the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The use of family members as interpreters by non-English speaking patients is a long-established tradition, but there is a better way, writes Steve Smethurst.

The latest College advice and resources on driving and vision

What makes a good referral letter, what information is a ‘must-have’, and how much information is too much? Kathy Oxtoby reports.

An update from ABDO and the College of Optometrists following the Governments' announcement on the easing of lockdown.

Domiciliary optometrists require flexibility, adaptability and good communication with vulnerable patients, writes Léa Surugue.

Read our comment on a recent story about Grimes' experimental surgery to eliminate blue light.

Jo Waters asks what are the current grading charts optometrists can use, and how to make the most of them.

We've issued a joint statement to tackle pressures on hospital eye departments.

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

Join Gemma Hill MCOptom, Optometrist and Owner of Forde Opticians, as she takes you through her life as a ‘one-man band’ in her independent practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Join Gemma Hill MCOptom, Optometrist and Owner of Forde Opticians, as she updates us on her life in practice and search for PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

In response to a College lead campaign, NHSEI has funded seasonal influenza vaccinations for optometrists and all front-line primary care staff in England.

Join optometrist, Furyal Mahmood MCOptom, as she reflects on her new 'normal’ after being furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

We have responded to the GOC's consultation on whether, in some circumstances, it would be more appropriate to use email rather than post to deliver statutory notices.

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

We have responded to the GOC's remote hearings protocol to support the fitness to practise process with the administration and progression of hearings as restrictive lockdown measures continue to ease.

Testing a panel of members with a topical question.

The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting on proposals for mandatory COVID-19 and flu vaccinations for all frontline health and social care workers in England.

Charles Bonnet syndrome is typically associated with elderly patients but new research shows children are not immune either. Helen Gilbert investigates.

Join optometrist, Hamza Mussa MCOptom, as he reflects on his experience being furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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?

Locum optometrist, Hassnain Safdar MCOptom, updates us on his experience as part of the Test and Trace team, and reflects on the current local lockdown in Leicester.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College, on the vital importance of professional judgement.

This Halloween we're urging the public to think about their eye health.

Optometrists are taking part in one of the biggest medical breakthroughs in decades, learning new skills, boosting their confidence and expanding the profession’s scope of practice. Radhika Holmström reports.

Our resources to help you navigate the amber phase of the pandemic.

Joining your local optical committee is good for you – and the future of optometry.

Our Clinical Adviser explains the evidence for eye yoga.

A message from the Clinical Editor, Kieran Loft MCOptom.

Looking for ways to help patients whilst keeping your distance? Our 'how to' explainer videos might be just what you're searching for.

Ocular surface foreign bodies are a frequently encountered form of ocular trauma, and community practice has an important role to play in their removal, reports Steve Smethurst.

In the September issue of Optometry in Practice, we discuss the importance of establishing a new framework for eye care in special schools

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College, on how optometrists should attend to their health and mental wellbeing.

Eye Care Services are experiencing increasing pressure due to greater patient need. This can lead to delayed treatment for patients who need hospital care.

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

Insiyah Bharmal MCOptom, Optometrist at Vision Express in Nottingham, takes you through her journey of returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Low Vision Service Wales has proved a lifeline for patients since it was set up 18 years ago. Helen Gilbert explores the secrets behind its success and the lessons other countries can learn.

The ‘dark mode’ feature on the new IOS is described as ‘easier on your eyes’, but what's the evidence behind this? Clinical Adviser, Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, provides some insight in his latest blog.

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

Join Jagdeep Singh MCOptom, Optometrist at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, as he takes you through his new routine, both inside and outside the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgina Wintersgill asks how patient research on symptoms online impacts on practice, and how you can assess the evidence that supports the right treatment recommendations.

Join Jagdeep Singh MCOptom, Optometrist at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, for part two of his experience working in hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Optometrists often share premises with audiologists, but what other businesses work well in tandem with optometry? Steve Smethurst shows how additional services can improve patient experience and make good business sense.

Johnathan Waugh MCOptom reflects on his time working in a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the beginning of the pandemic in part one of his diaries.

A message from the President of the College of Optometrists

Johnathan Waugh MCOptom reflects on his time testing for COVID-19 in care homes in part two of his diaries

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

Join Josie Evans MCOptom, Optometrist at Linklater & Warren Opticians, as she reflects on her experiences and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As many people turned to DIY and gardening to occupy the months at home during lockdown, eye injuries predictably increased – with data suggesting a threefold rise in presentation to emergency eye care. Becky McCall asks how to best manage cases of eye injury.

The COVID-19 pandemic means optometrists are facing extremely stressful situations. Kathy Oxtoby explores the range of services available in different settings to support mental welfare.

Our Clinical Adviser provides tips on what to do if you have a corneal abrasion.

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

As lockdown eases, final year Plymouth student Luke McRoy-Jones reflects on his experience since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The clinical figures that count.

College of Optometrists issues advice as part of National Eye Health Week

The MHRA has issued an alert to warn medical practitioners that Minims phenylephrine 2.5% eye drops. Read our advice

The clinical figures that count.

The College issues advice following the Prime Minister's announced that the UK would return to COVID Alert Level 4.

The clinical figures that count.

The UK‘s public health bodies and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have published new guidance about personal protective equipment (PPE).

The clinical figures that count.

Following the announcement by the Secretary for Health that the isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 will be cut to five full days in England, NHSE has confirmed this will apply in primary care settings.

The clinical figures that count.

General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) in England will remain a national demand-led service under a nationally agreed GOS contract and nationally negotiated fees and grants, with no local variation.

The clinical figures that count.

Many local optometrists will soon be able to share clinical images with hospital ophthalmologists and contact them quickly for advice as new digital systems are phased in across the country.

The clinical figures that count.

Guidance published recommending NHS commissioners to make better use of expertise in primary eye care.

The clinical figures that count.

Read our statement on recent press articles about people who have experienced deterioration in their vision related to a batch of intraocular lenses.

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 pandemic continues to affect the way primary and secondary eye care services are provided for patients in England.

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected the provision of eye care in primary and secondary care.

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

Services expand as The College of Optometrists’ survey shows 22% of people noticed their vision get worse over the course of lockdown

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?

A joint statement has been issued on the General Optical Council’s proposed new framework for optometric education.

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

The national optical bodies (ABDO, AOP, The College of Optometrists, FODO, LOCSU) have worked with NHS England to develop the Optometry First model and are urging commissioners to take advantage of the full range of clinical expertise and infrastructure primary eye care has to offer.

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

Take part in our latest research project in conjunction with the University of Warwick and the Department for Transport

Heart attacks transiently increase in number when the clocks go forward. Diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma can interfere with the body’s sleep-wake cycles. Becky McCall examines the relationship between the eye and sleep.

We have responded to the Department of Health and Social Care consultation on 'Healthcare regulation: deciding when statutory regulation is appropriate.'

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.

Our response to the Royal College of Ophthalmologist's guidance on reopening and redeveloping services after COVID-19

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

Join Paddy Gunn MCOptom, Principle Optometrist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, as he reflects on the challenges faced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A message from the President of the College of Optometrists.

You may have read a recent article highlighting parents concern for their children’s eyesight at school.

Jo Waters asks what optometrists need to consider when seeing LGBT+ patients, and how to make your practice more welcoming.

Participate in the government-funded UK-REACH study to help understand why people from certain ethnic minorities are more likely to have severe COVID-19.

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.

Our guidance is aimed to help keep optometrists and their patients safe.

A message from Colin Davidson, College President.

In light of measures being introduced by the government across the UK, here is our guidance on dealing with local lockdown measures.

Remote consultations were seen as a short-term pandemic solution, but they look like they’re here to stay. Steve Smethurst looks at the benefits of tele-optometry and the video software optometrists should consider.

Join Seraphina Yap, pre-reg trainee at PLM Optometrists in Scotland, as she navigates her new life on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic with her supervisor David Cummins MCOptom DipTP (IP).

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

Join Seraphina Yap, pre-reg trainee at PLM Optometrists in Scotland, as she reflects on her life as a pre-reg during the start of the pandemic with her supervisor David Cummins MCOptom DipTP (IP).

A message from Colin Davidson, College President.

The College of Optometrists has issued advice for those who notice a change in their vision after the clocks went back last weekend.

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.

Our latest position statement on seeing patients in primary care during COVID-19.

The key statistics behind stem cell therapy and eye health

The General Optical Council (GOC) has published the results of its 2021 public perceptions research.

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

Optometrist, Reiss Jhamat MCOptom, recounts his experience working during the pandemic, and the introduction of the local Leicester lockdown.

As the NHS digs deep to clear the backlog of routine ophthalmology consultations, Jo Waters asks optometrists and other experts how they are managing long patient waiting times.

These temporary guidelines have been written to help optometrists who are conducting remote telephone/video consultations with patients.

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

We've responded to a consultation by the Department of Health and Social Care on making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector.

A message from the President of The College of Optometrists.

Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College, on why PPE should remain on the front line of optometric practice.

Souleyman Bah, a contestant on The Apprentice who was fired last night, has a rare eye condition called RP.

Four optometrists who have appeared as expert witnesses spoke to Martha Henriques about what it means to assume this responsibility.

Souleyman Bah, a contestant in The Apprentice has a rare eye condition called RP.

What's happening in the world of technology.

The GOC has launched a consultation on its new draft Speaking Up guidance, designed to support registrants to speak up about concerns, particularly those affecting patient and public safety.

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology.

Updated infection prevention and control guidance and manual have been published by the UK Health Security Agency for England.

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology.

We believe that vaccine uptake will be maximised when staff are supported to make their own decisions, having been provided with clear, evidence-based information on the benefit and value of vaccinations.

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology.

Our Clinical Adviser comments on the story about a teenager ‘blind’ from living off crisps and chips.

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology.

The College's advice on checking your eyesight safely.

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

As we are about to enter a cold snap, The College of Optometrists is urging the public to take steps to protect their vision and eye health.

Becky McCall looks at the eye health risks of cosmetic surgery and make-up in and around the eye.

With hay fever season arriving earlier, The College of Optometrists has issued a member-only patient factsheet detailing a step by step guide on eye drop instillation.

A new series of global consensus reports provides guidance on evidence-based practice for all aspects of prescribing and fitting contact lenses. Sophie Goodchild looks at how this could change the patient journey.

The College of Optometrists' award-winning patient-facing website,, has had a refresh.

The College celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Join Hassnain Safdar MCOptom, a Locum based in the East Midlands, as he navigates through his new 'normal' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kathy Oxtoby considers the effects on the eye during space flight.

Do you know what an optometrist does? Do you know your optometrist does more than test your vision?

Papilloedema in its early stages isn’t always easy to spot – and the consequences of getting it wrong can be catastrophic. Steve Smethurst asks: how should optometrists approach diagnosis and referral?

Join optometrist, Tina Chudasama MCOptom, as she reflects on being furloughed while between jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summaries of recent papers from Optometry in Practice.

In conjunction with each UK Nation’s health system and government public health bodies, optometry practices are expected to move to “Green” phase in early May 2022.

Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

Research optometrist, Tulsi Parekh MCOptom, reflects on the ups and downs of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summaries of two research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

Clarification on the UKHSA statement on changes to physical distancing, patient COVID-19 testing and cleaning procedures.

Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

Since the Secretary of State's announcement regarding the wearing of face coverings in shops in England, we have been seeking further detail on how this impacts optical practices.

Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

This guidance has been developed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and The College of Optometrists in response to the pandemic and may be subject to change.

Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

This guidance has been developed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and the College of Optometrists (CoO) in response to the pandemic and may be subject to change.

Here we summarise three research papers from a recent issue of Optometry in Practice.

A joint statement from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and College of Optometrists

Understanding patient psychology will enable more satisfying consultation experiences – and more appropriate treatment outcomes, says Carina Bailey.

Research published by the College to mark National Eye Health Week has shown that only 14% of people would visit an optometrist as a priority when thinking about taking care of their body.

Clinical Adviser for the College Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom on the epidemic of fake news that has accompanied COVID-19.

Exciting opportunities abound for the optical profession in the new Health and Care Bill, but there are caveats too, reports Jo Waters.

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

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

Our Clinical Adviser offers his advice, following an article by The Express on the best supplements for eyes.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser for the College, on delegation, supervision and clinical leadership.

Find out what our Clinical Adviser has to say about a woman temporarily losing her vision following an eye tattoo procedure.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney on harnessing the momentum generated in response to the pandemic.

The College, in collaboration with FODO, ABDO and AOP, has developed a COVID-19 workforce risk assessment for primary eye care practices.

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.

Join optometrist, Yasmine Sahraie MCOptom, as she gives us an insight into the Emergency Eye Care Treatment team in Grampian, Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Compassion fatigue has peaked during the pandemic. Becky McCall asks how we recognise the signs and how we can all act to stop its spread.

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.

Key facts about the effects of UV radiation (UVR) on the eye

What complications does undiagnosed diabetes cause, and what is the role of optometrists in detecting and preventing this condition? Kathy Oxtoby reports.

Does vitamin D play a role in reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection, and what does this mean to the UK’s BAME communities? Mike Bowen, Director of Research at the College of Optometrists, considers the evidence.

Optometrists must make plain to patients the risks and benefits involved in any eye treatment or care. Rima Evans asks how they can sharpen their communication so patients feel fully informed.

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 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

Key statistics from the WHO World report on vision 2019.

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.