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 […]

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 […]

Communication & Professional Conduct Competency 1.10

Competency 1.10 The ability to communicate bad news to patients in an empathic and understandable way This competency deals with the capability of the trainee to discuss subjects with patients that may be of a difficult and often a distressing nature. Best Form Evidence In an ideal situation the Assessor would probably prefer to witness […]

Communication & Professional Conduct Competency 1.9

Competency 1.9 The ability to communicate with patients who have poor, or non-verbal, communication skills, or those who are confused, reticent or who might mislead This competency examines your capability to deal with patients who may be more difficult or challenging to communicate with.  You need to be able to conduct a thorough eye examination […]

Pre-Registration FAQs: Ocular Disease & Investigative Techniques

At this time of the year, pre-registration trainees are once again completing their Assessments. Following the popular Ask the Examiner threads in the past, we have compiled all of the questions and answers as FAQs and regrouped them all according to subject. Our contributors have included Bill Harvey, Peter Chapman, Joy Myint, Dr Christine Astin, Prof David Henson, Henri Obstfeld, Catherine Viner, Miss Parul […]