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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Communication Skills Competency 1.8

Competency 1.8: An ability to understand the patient’s expectations and aspirations and manage empathetically situations where these cannot be met This competency revolves predominantly around the “human” elements of the eye examination and practice. Best Form Evidence There is no compulsory evidence requested to demonstrate this competency. The Assessor could assess this competency via Direct Observation. […]

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 […]