An eye on general health emergencies in the optometric practice

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About the session

CPD ref: C-108524


Our patients come with a health "baggage" that does not always involve only ocular pathologies. Many of these conditions are stable; however, in certain situations, acute events can occur while they attend a routine optometric examination and, as such, it is the duty of each practitioner to recognise early signs and act appropriately. This session will present some of the most common systemic emergencies that could present in the general optometric practice.

Target audience

  • Optometrist
  • Dispensing Optician.

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice

s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date

  • Understands the basic principles of first aid and able to use them in cases of medical emergencies.


s.11 Protect and safeguard patients, colleagues and others from harm

  • Able to recognise and act on general medical emergencies that can occur in the optometric practice.


Dr Doina Gherghel

Dr Gherghel is an ophthalmologist with over 25 years of international experience in scientific, clinical and strategic medical activities. 

She is an accomplished principal investigator and research groups leader with high experience in all phases of clinical trials. She has performed and supervised research with high international impact, that has resulted in authorship for over 100 research and professional articles and book chapters, as well as in many national and international presentations and invited talks. 

In addition, Dr Gherghel is also an accomplished clinical education professional, with a Master in Higher Education and a Senior Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and, during her academic career, she has contributed to the education of over 20% of the UK optometrists.