Visual Function Competency 3.8

Competency 3.8: An understanding of the special examination needs of patients with learning and other disabilities This competency deals with the trainee’s ability to adapt  the eye examination to meet he needs of a patient with learning disabilities or a disability that may mean a more routine examination is not suitable. Best Form Evidence This competency […]

Contact Lenses Competency 7.7

Competency 7.7: An understanding of and the ability to fit soft contact lenses to patients with astigmatism This competency requires the trainee to have a good understanding of how toric contact lenses work and to recognise the limitations of the different lens types.  The ability to fit these lenses requires the trainee to recognise when toric […]

Contact Lenses Competency 7.5

Competency 7.5: The ability to manage the aftercare of patients wearing rigid gas permeable lenses This competency assesses your ability to take a good history and symptoms from an existing rigid gas permeable (RGP) lens wearer and to manage any contact lens related signs or symptoms that the patient may present with.  Despite the decreasing number […]

Binocular Vision Competency 8.7

Competency 8.7: The ability to manage a patient presenting with an incomitant deviation An incomitant deviation is caused by an imbalance of the extraocular muscles and as such, varies in size according to gaze position.  Such deviations can be considered as falling into three categories, in order of occurrence: Neurogenic – caused by an interruption […]

Visual Function Competency 3.1

Competency 3.1: The ability to make appropriate prescribing and management decisions based on the refractive and oculomotor status The trainee needs to demonstrate the ability to decide whether a new or changed prescription is warranted ensuring that main issues arising in examination are taken into consideration.  These issues include any presenting symptoms any previous prescription […]

Photophobic or Over Sensitive?

Bright light. It’s horrible. Who does like looking at bright light? I don’t. So when a patient presents with a chief complaint of photophobia, what are we meant to do? I have had two cases in the last two weeks.  The first was a student who felt that his photophobia had got progressively worse over […]

Inaugural AOP/SECO Therapeutics CET Event

The AOP, in partnership with SECO International, will be hosting its inaugural CET event on 29-30 April. The two-day CET seminar ‘London 2012 Education Destination’ will focus on therapeutics and optometrist prescribing. It will be the first CET event in the AOP’s prestigious new central London offices and education venue. The event will focus on optometry […]

Professional Conduct Competency 2.5

Competency 2.5 : The ability to demonstrate an understanding of the legal, professional and ethical obligations of a registered optometrist This competency looks at the trainee’s overall understanding of their professional obligations to their patients and to the public.  There are three essential documents that you must read and in some part learn in order to […]

Professional Conduct Competency 2.1

Competency 2.1 The ability to manage patients in a safe, ethical and confidential fashion This competency is simplicity in essence but is also quite easy to fail.  This competency assesses the ability of the trainee to behave in professional manner towards the patient. The trainee needs to demonstrate that they have shown consideration to patient […]

11 Interactive CET Points: One day Courses in Low Vision Hosted by Associated Optical

Associated Optical are currently hosting one day courses in Low Vision Practice. Launched in April 2012. Full details on course content and booking may be found on the Associated Optical Website here. Courses are CET Accredited for both Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians under the GOC’s enhanced CET Scheme. All presentations & workshops are interactive – […]