Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO)

OPO - a leading international journal for contemporary research in vision science and optometry

OPO is the research journal of The College of Optometrists. It is read and cited around the world, and helps clinicians and educators stay up to date with the latest research findings on the development, use and restoration of vision.

What's in the latest issue of OPO?

OPO is published six times a year. Here are some highlights from the July 2022 issue of OPO

Point-of-care tools to support optometric care provision to people with age-related macular degeneration

Gocuk, McKendrick & Downie (2022)

This randomised controlled trial by Australian researchers investigated whether point-of-care tools can improve optometrists' age-related macular degeneration (AMD) knowledge and/or care provision. The primary aim was to investigate the efficacy of a novel in-office AMD clinical tool (the Classification of Age-related macular degeneration and Risk Assessment Tool, CARAT). The study demonstrates that point-of-care clinical tools can improve practitioner confidence and aspects of the documentation of AMD clinical care by optometrists as assessed by self-audit.




Vision-related symptoms, accommodative and binocular vision performance in young diabetics

Nabovati et al. (2022)

This study compared accommodative and binocular vision performance between young diabetic subjects and normal controls, and investigated the correlation of accommodative/binocular indices with the severity of diabetes. The authors found that aspects of accommodative and binocular vision performance are strongly affected by diabetes mellitus (DM). There is also a significant correlation between accommodative and binocular disorders with the severity of DM. A significant percentage of young subjects with DM have severe vision-related symptoms. Optometric examination of young diabetic subjects should not merely focus on pathological anterior or posterior segment changes; accommodative and binocular functions require careful evaluation in these subjects.

Autism-friendly eyecare: Developing recommendations for service providers based on the experiences of autistic adults

Parmar et al. (2022)

The authors investigated eye examination accessibility for autistic adults and produced recommendations for autism-friendly eye care. The research identified a number of accessibility barriers that suggest that UK eye examinations are not very accessible for autistic adults. Barriers began at the point of booking the appointment and continued through to the dispensing of spectacles. The authors make a series of stage-by-stage recommendations on delivering autism-friendly eye examinations for optometrists and dispensing staff, from preparing the practice for autistic patients, booking and attending the appointment, conducting the eye examination and dispensing.


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