Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO)

OPO is the top optometry journal in the world - and ranked in the top 25% of both ophthalmology and sensory systems journals.

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The world's leading optometry journal

OPO provides important evidence-based information about the assessment and management of patients and is especially relevant to hospital optometrists and those with special interests. Many editions are themed and focus on key areas such as vision and IT displays, binocular vision and glaucoma. It also publishes invited review papers from top researchers in their fields. 

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OPO is published six times a year. College members can access OPO completely free of charge. Simply log onto the College website and then visit OPO online.  

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Referrals from community optometrists to the hospital eye service in England

Evans, et al.

Themes were identified in one-to-one interviews with independent prescriber optometrists and mapped to the Theoretical Domains Framework, a theory-informed approach, to identify the factors that influence behaviour. The outcomes were then linked to the COM-B model, a framework for understanding behaviour, to help identify areas of support required by these clinicians. Theory-derived factors influencing prescribing decisions were: the need for good communication, confidence, good professional relationships and networks, appropriate structure for remuneration and the provision of professional guidelines. The findings can be used to develop interventions to help optimise prescribing by optometrists.

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What assessments are currently used to investigate and diagnose cerebral visual impairment (CVI) in children? A systematic review

McConnell, et al.

Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) it the most common cause of childhood visual impairment in the developed world, yet children frequently remain undiagnosed often due to lack of clarity on how and when to provide a diagnosis. This paper systematically reviewed the methods used to investigate and diagnose CVI in the scientific literature. The review revealed a lack of consistency in the approach. Most commonly, a diagnosis of CVI was determined when the child’s vision and behaviour could not be explained by the results of conventional visual assessment. This ‘diagnosis by exclusion’ approach is not optimal for timely case finding and the authors propose that the development of diagnostic guidelines for CVI is a clinical imperative, so that affected children do not remain undiagnosed and miss out on vital habitational support.

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Determinants of concern about falling in adults with Age-Related Macular Degeneration

White et al.

Concern about falling is frequently associated with falls in older people and has far-reaching consequences, including activity restriction, depression, reduced quality of life, and increased risk of falls. This study investigated concern about falling among older people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Higher levels of concern about falling were associated with poorer visual function (contrast sensitivity), reduced physical function (slower sit-to-stand time) and higher levels of anxiety. Study findings can assist eye care professionals in identifying older people with AMD at risk of experiencing higher levels of concern about falling and the associated consequences, and can inform the design of intervention programmes.

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OPO features articles covering the entire gamut of Optometry from ophthalmic lenses to ocular disease.

Professor Mark Rosenfield Editor-in-Chief, Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics (OPO)