Ask the Examiner: the OSCE’s

For those of you who are preparaing for the forthcoming College of Optometrists OSCE’s (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), then we have created an Ask the Examiner thread.  Please feel free to join the discussion!

Acceptable Abbreviations – Student Resources

The College of Optometrists have a list of acceptable abbreviations which students/candidates may find useful when studying for the examinations. You can find the link to the webspage on the College website here. Alternatively download it here!

Student Resources: Dispensing & Occupational Optometry

Here are some articles and books we have found for you to assist you in your studies: New British Standard for Mounted Spectacles Optician 2009 (Ronal Rabbetts): DOWNLOAD Rx spectacle lens standards: Do we have what we need? Optician 20122 (Colin Fowler): DOWNLOAD Safety & Protective Eyewear (ABDO): DOWNLOAD Occupational Optometry (Carson): Link here to ABDO […]

Binocular Vision Competency 8.2

Competency 8.2: An understanding of the management of a patient with an anomaly of binocular vision The proper interaction of the eyes under normal circumstances gives rise to Binocular Single Vision (BSV), however there are numerous conditions which can lead to a breakdown of the BV system.  The object of BV assessment is to establish the […]

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 […]

The New Bookswapshop service.

  We thought we would make it easier for you to keep in touch and swap books, articles advice and.. whatever. Join the discussion on our Bookswapshop! Page!

Clinical Conundrum – what would you do?

As a locum I occasionally come across previous practitioner’€™s work which raises an eyebrow. However, I came across this young man recently: Age 10, routine review, asymptomatic. Previous practitioner reports: +0.50 R&L. No Rx given. Today the findings were RVA   6/5   +2.50 =  6/5 LV   6/5   +2.50 =  6/5 I believe […]

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 […]

Optical Appliances Competency 4.9

Competency 4.9 The ability to manage non-tolerance cases If a non-tolerance case occurs, practitioners must be able to logically identify the problem quickly and efficiently.  This competency assesses the trainee’s ability to listen to the patient and to solve the problem. Non-tolerance cases can occur for many reasons.  They could be generally categorised as, Pathological […]