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!

Preparing for Assessments. Your Guide to Visit 1

Time Management – the key to a successful pre-registration year One of the most important features of the Scheme for Registration (SfR) is the need for short and long term planning so that you are able to prepare effectively for the assessment visits and final examinations.  Time Management is an effective results tool used throughout […]

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 […]

Visit 3: Your guide to Competency 4.2.1

4.2.1 Advises on the use of, and dispenses simple low vision aids including simple hand and stand magnifiers, typoscopes and handheld telescopes. Compulsory Evidence – Patient Record/s The indicators for this competency statement include: Identifies which patients would benefit from low vision aids and advice Understands the principles of magnification, field of view and working […]

Mambo No5: (A little bit of.. City University!)

We thought that video was so good that we would host it on our front page for all visitors to see.  The film was a concept put together by a talented team of final year optometry students at City University.  It went on to win the AOP’s AFTA for Best Film and Television  in 2011 and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Professional Conduct Competency 2.4

Competency 2.4: The ability to make a judgement regarding referral and an understanding of referral pathways Referral of patients to another practitioner may be classed as an emergency, urgent or routine referral.  You need to know when to refer the patient to the GP, Hospital Eye Service or another eye care practitioner. This competency examines your […]