AOP Awards 2012 – new categories announced

With the huge success of the inaugural 2011 AOP Awards, the Association has decided to increase the number of categories this year to 16. The new categories include Specialist Practice of the Year, Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year, Optical Assistant of the Year and Optical Bravery Award Last year saw the original nine categories […]

Communication Skills Competency 1.1

Competency 1.1 – Overarching competency: The ability to take an accurate history from patients with a range of optometric conditions This competency does what it says on the tin.  To pass this the Assessor needs to witness via a variety of methods that an accurate, relevant history can be taken and recorded from a number of […]

The OSCES, Selective Attention and the Invisible Gorilla

First Published in Optometry Today, May 2011 History: why did the College implement the move? The College introduced the OSCE’s, or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations a few years back as a forward move to a system of pre-registration examinations that were seen to be less biased, impartial and non-discriminatory. Like many significant changes in any […]

BBC Health: Avastin – The NHS could save £84m a year

BBC Health – The NHS could save £84m a year by using a cheaper drug to treat a leading cause of blindness, research suggests.  NHS-funded research says both Lucentis and Avastin have a similar effect in preventing loss of sight when used for wet age-related macular degeneration. Lucentis costs about £700 an injection, and Avastin £60 […]