I'm a foreign body, get me out of here!

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About the session

A short talk will take place on managing a patient presenting with a suspected ocular foreign body. A hands-on session will follow where attendees can practice removing embedded foreign bodies from synthetic eyes using different sized sterile needles and an Alger brush at the slit lamp. This will improve the skills of the attendees to allow safe management of these patients in the community.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes and CPD information to be confirmed.


Malcolm McPherson BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP)

Malcolm McPherson is a director of an independent, clinically based optometry practice in Aberdeen. He qualified as an independent prescriber in 2011 and is involved in optometric education both locally and nationally. 

He regularly manages patients with foreign bodies as well as many other emergency presentations of red eye inflammatory conditions and teaches foreign body removal locally to sign off optometrists to participate in local enhanced services for NHS Grampian.

Malcolm was a Council member of The College of Optometrists from 2003-2014. He represented The College of Optometrists and Grampian AOC on Optometry Scotland Executive and Council from 2009-2014.