Independent prescribing

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

A message from Clinical Editor Kieran Loft MCOptom