Public health

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.

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.

A message from Colin Davidson, College President.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?