I’m involved with a community based glaucoma service (CHANGES – Community and Hospital Allied Network Glaucoma Evaluation Scheme) as an OSI (Optometrist with Special Interest) in glaucoma. There are 2 strands to the service as I am involved with it: firstly refinement of glaucoma referrals (CHANGES: Bourne et al., Eye, 2010; 24:881-887), and secondly review of diagnosed ocular hypertensive patients (CHANGES 2). Evaluation of the CHANGES 2 programme has just been published (Mandalos et al., Eye, 2012; 26: 564-567), and shows that ocular hypertensive patients can be monitored effectively within the community, with a defined protocol and hospital-led virtual supervision. My anecdotal experience is also that patients like being able to be seen in community practice rather than having to visit the hospital, and as an optometrist the work is enjoyable. Everyone appears to win!
The European Academy of Optometry and Optics meeting in Dublin at the weekend was a diverse gathering, with presentations on many different aspects of optometry. I especially enjoyed the first meeting of the Special Interest Group in low vision, with presentations on the wide range of service levels available across Europe.
Anglia Ruskin University was well represented with presentations from (left-right as pictured below):
myself on ‘Factors associated with adjustment to visual loss.’
Robert Conway: poster on ‘Variation in visual acuity measurement at different viewing distances: a comparison of results with 2 different chart designs’.
Dr Sheila Rae: talk on ‘Accommodative accuracy with printed text vs. hand-held computer gaming’, and poster on ‘Assessing visual acuities at near with letter and symbol charts: effect of chart type and defocus’.
Sarah Lalor: poster on ‘Where should bars be to produce optimal crowding effects using children’s acuity letters, pictures and symbols?’
Details if interested can be found in the conference abstract book.
We were rather less grumpy than this photo suggests!