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

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About the session

CPD ref: C-108309


This workshop will start with a short talk 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 build the skills of the delegates to allow safe management of these patients in the community.

Target audience

  • Optometrist

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice
s.7 Conduct appropriate assessments, examinations, treatments and referrals

  • Able to assess and manage a patient presenting with a retained ocular foreign body.

s.6 Recognise, and work within, your limits of competence

  • Able to assess a patient who has suffered trauma to the eye and make a safe decision as to the best management in the best interests of the patient.


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.