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 September 2023 issue of OPO.

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Distance spectacle-wearing habits in older patients in England

Amy R. Hughes, David B. Elliott

This study uses a two-part questionnaire to identify the proportion of older people in England who wear distance spectacles full time, part time and rarely. It investigates the factors influencing how frequently distance vision (DV) correction is worn. 

The study suggests that convenience is more important that being spectacle independent at distance for many patients.

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Assessment of optometrists' referral accuracy and contributing factors: A review

Josie Carmichael, Sarah Abdi, Konstantinos Balaskas, Enrico Costanza, Ann Blandford

In the UK, ophthalmology has the highest number of outpatient appointments within the NHS. One of the main causes of this is false-positive referrals from primary care. This study reviews the accuracy of referrals from primary care optometrists and contributing factors including condition type and years since registration.

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Prescribing patterns for paediatric hyperopia among paediatric eye care providers

Ann M. Morrison et al.

This study surveyed paediatric eye care providers to identify current patterns of prescribing for hyperopia. Survey questions aimed to determine factors influencing prescribing patterns such as patient’s age, patient’s symptoms, and magnitude of hyperopia, and if the providers were to prescribe, how much hyperopic correction they prescribe. This study finds a significant variation in prescribing patterns for paediatric hyperopia among eye care providers.

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College members can access full issues of OPO, browse previous articles, and search for a particular topic or keyword on the publisher’s website, Wiley Online Library (WOL).

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