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 1.9

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Optical Appliances Competency 4.8

 An understanding of the application of complex low vision aids e.g. spectacle-mounted telescopes, CCTV Under this section, the group of ‘complex’ low vision aids consist of telescopes and electronic magnification systems, of which CCTV’s are just one type. As the majority of complex low vision aids are prescribed and dispensed by practitioners based either within […]