Public health

The College of Optometrists issues statement regarding the government announcement that the Physician Associate (PA) role is to be regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The College has offered support in addressing some of the key challenges the NHS faces in delivering eye care services.

As the nights draw in and we enter a harsh winter, we may experience some issues with our eyes and even our vision, as we find that our eyes need some particular seasonal care.

Professor Shickle explores the risk factors associated with an ageing population and the inequalities in access to healthcare.

A message from Leon Davies, College President

Eye health issues that are making the news.

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

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

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.

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.

Often presenting as eyelid-based lesions, basal cell carcinoma has a good prognosis – but can pose a high risk to the eyes and surrounding tissues if left untreated. Optometrists are well placed to help with early detection and referral, Helen Bird learns.