Optometry Continuing Education and Training (CET) Day

Continuing educaton and training event for optometrists. Six interactive CET points available including peer discussion.

Keynote speaker: Professor Sue Lightman, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Professor Lightman is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and a renowned consultant ophthalmologist, who previously ran an ocular inflammation and infection service at Moorfields, London, for over 20 years.

This event is also an opportunity for people working in the sector to find out about the University of the Highlands and Islands' new BSc (Hons) Optometry, starting September 2020.

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Centre for Health Science
Old Perth Road
Inverness
IV2 3JH

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£49, includes lunch and refreshments

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Itinerary

10:30am – 11am Registration and welcome – tea and coffee

11am – 12pm: Session 1: First Port of Call in Community Optometric Practice. What must you not miss? Acute presentations in community practice (lecture)

Professor Sue Lightman, University of the Highlands and Islands' Optometry Programme Team

12pm – 12:30pm: Update and Q&A on the University of the Highlands and Islands' BSc (Hons) Optometry programme

Professor Christopher O’Neil, principal of Inverness College UHI, and the University of the Highlands and Islands' Optometry Programme Team

12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch

1:15pm– 2:20pm: Session 2: Acute presentations: When the road is long (peer discussion)

University of the Highlands and Islands' Optometry Programme Team

2:20pm – 3:25pm: Session 3: Vision down, heads up! Where your OCT can help (lecture with discussion)

Professor Sue Lightman and the University of the Highands and Islands' Optometry Programme Team

Session 1: First port of call in community optometric practice

As the role of Scottish community optometry continues to evolve in emergency eyecare provision, new challenges can be just a phone call away in a busy clinic.

Professor Sue Lightman, Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of the Highlands and Islands, will cover some common acute eye conditions which can present in practice at any time. There will be an emphasis on "red flags" for referral in potentially sight-threatening conditions, with consideration of common risk factors and clinical signs.

Learning objectives:

Optometrist:

- To recognise the importance of further questioning and discussion in managing patients with established diabetic eye disease who present with visual loss;
- To appreciate the importance of audit in capacity planning to optimise the availability of emergency appointments;
- To appreciate the indications for and importance of mydriasis and cycloplegia in acute ocular presentations affecting the anterior segment;
- To recognise which clinical signs support immediate referral due to potential threat to sight in red eye presentations with corneal involvement;
- To appreciate the importance of ocular motility and pupil reactions as key diagnostic procedures in the management of sudden onset double vision.

IP Optometrist:

- To appreciate the risks of over prescribing in acute red eye presentations and appreciate the problem of antibiotic resistance in this context;
- To recognise the clinical signs of signs threatening pathology requiring urgent referral in acute red eye presentations;
- To appreciate when and how to refer patients with uveitis for systemic investigations.

Session 2: Acute presentations: when the road is long (peer discussion group)

When acute presentations sound simple but turn out to be more involved: join us for this peer discussion for Optometrists, following two patients who are suffering from more than meets the eye! Follow the twists and turns as new developments in their management require further discussion and reflection. Experienced facilitators will guide each group through a full 30 minutes of discussion on each case in this novel format event.

Learning objectives:

Optometrist:

To recognise the benefits of utilising patient information and advice leaflets with professional approval when counselling patients recently diagnosed with chronic degenerative ocular conditions
To appreciate the key clinical factors which influence choice of contact lens type and design in the initial fitting of patients with early keratoconus
To appreciate the importance of rapid referral to secondary care in paediatric patients with clinical signs of periorbital infection
To recognise which core optometric examination procedures require adaptation in vulnerable children presenting with acute periorbital infection.

Session 3: Vision down, heads up! Where your OCT can help (lecture with discussion workshop)

Emergency presentations - when the vision is down, but your findings are underwhelming - OCT may hold the key! Aimed at community optometrists who are fairly new to using OCT, this lecture and discussion workshop will give you an introduction to the application of OCT in the management of a variety of common vitreo-retinal conditions.
Professor Sue Lightman will present an overview of how to understand and interpret retinal cross-section OCT images before we discuss real cases from practice.

Learning objectives:

Optometrist:

- To appreciate the importance of sensitive patient counselling in managing vulnerable elderly patients with sudden conversation of dry to wet ARMD;
- To recognise the need for further investigation in spectacle re-checks which present with hyperopic shift and slightly reduced visual acuity;
- To recognise the benefits of optical coherence tomography as a diagnostic adjunct in patients presenting with vitreo-macular interface pathology.

IP Optometrist:

- To recognise the benefits of optical coherence tomography as a diagnostic adjunct in patients presenting with vitreo-macular interface pathology;
- To appreciate the importance of sensitive patient counselling in managing vulnerable elderly patients with sudden conversation of dry to wet ARMD;
- To recognise the limitations of manufacturer-authored literature accompanying OCT hardware compared to robust critically-appraised evidence.

Please contact Cheryl Taranto, Business Solutions, Inverness College UHI, if you have any special dietary requirements.

Please note, there is a £1 charge for parking at the Centre for Health Science.

 

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