Introduction to headset binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy

About the session

CDP ref: C-107850


This is an introductory workshop to help delegates gain knowledge and experience of Headset binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy. Hints and tips on when to use this technique over other ophthalmoscopy methods will be given and how to get the best view of the fundus using the most appropriate indirect lenses. We will consider how to record the findings and how to explain the technique to the patient. Discussions around use of ophthalmic drugs and gaining consent for carrying out the investigation/assessment will be included.

Target audience

  • Optometrist.

Domains and learning outcomes

Clinical practice

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

  • Able to carry out the Headset BIO technique to assess the fundus, taking into account the presenting symptoms
  • Able to make the correct choice of ophthalmic drugs for carrying out Headset BIO assessments.


s.2 Communicate effectively with patients

  • Able to explain the procedure, and reassure the patient if they are apprehensive, when carrying out indirect ophthalmoscopy.

s.3 Obtain valid consent

  • Understands how to gain the appropriate consent required when carrying out clinical procedures.


Rupal Lovell Patel BSc FCOptom

Rupal is the Deputy Associate Dean within the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire. She is also a Practising High Street Optometrist. Alongside her teaching and management roles within the University, she is a College of Optometrists Examiner for the Final Assessment of the Scheme for Registration (OSCE) and a member of the OSCE Development group. 

She is a Principal Fellow for the Higher Education Academy, Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and is the President Elect of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. Rupal is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry as well as the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. She is the Chair of the East Anglia Local Eye Health Network and the Optometry Adviser for NHS England, East Region. 

Rupal has been invited to lecture optometric students across Europe as well as provide CPD sessions in the UK. She is known to work with international partners to develop ophthalmic related curriculum.