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Origami and ophthalmology: precision unfolded

For Eye News Feb/Mar 2024, I was delighted to hear from Dr Hosam Aglan. In New Zealand at the time, Dr Aglan shared wonderful insights into the art of folding origami, along with images from his own creations. The role...

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Why Ophthalmology?

Ophthalmology is a medical specialty that deals with eye diseases and helps preserve vision. The ophthalmic community consists of a wide range of healthcare professionals who work together to address eye-related problems in many extraordinary ways. This article explores the...

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Ophthalmology Specialty Training 2024: What's different?

The 2024 intake for ophthalmology specialty training (OST) has undergone several significant changes in its approach towards candidate selection and assessment. This article provides a comparative analysis, detailing these new measures and comparing them against the previous year's standards. Our...

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Oculomics: a new section for Eye News

Inaugurating this new regular section on the exciting landscape of oculomics, we provide an overview which delves into the historical context and the etymology of this field, reviews the current state of play and contemplates possibilities and hopes for the...

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Commonest mistakes during the refraction certificate exam

Ophthalmology specialty trainees are required to pass the refraction certificate exam within the first two years of training. If one passes this exam before entering a training programme, this can add two points to the portfolio during applications. In this...

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Photophobia: an unusual symptom of a pituitary macroadenoma

Introduction Photophobia, defined as ‘an abnormal intolerance to light’, is commonly associated with a range of both ocular and neurological pathologies such as dry eye, blepharospasm, corneal pathologies, cataracts, uveitis, retinal dystrophies, optic neuritis, migraine, meningitis, and traumatic brain injury...

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Broadening horizons in ophthalmology: crafting a varied elective experience

The elective period for medical students is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in a field of interest. For students interested in ophthalmology, this can offer a dedicated experience for what can otherwise be quite limited through undergraduate rotations. Alongside...

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Primary eye health care in low- and middle-income countries

The need for eyecare services in low- and middle-income countries Recent global estimates (2020) suggest that there is more than a three-fold difference in the prevalence of all categories of visual loss (presenting visual acuity <6/12 in the better eye)...

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Pete’s day off

“You’re not dying. You just can’t think of anything good to do” The above is the explanation given by high school student Ferris to his friend Cameron, who is lying in bed feeling sorry for himself when he should be...

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The future of SLT?

For Feb/Mar 2024, we are looking at a recently released laser machine to perform direct SLT – selective laser trabeculoplasty (DSLT). Although SLT is well known, DSLT is sufficiently novel that a brief description is a good place to start....

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What's trending Feb/Mar 2024

A round-up of the eye-related hot topics that have been trending on social media over the last few weeks. #ScleralTattoo #BlackEye Scleral tattoos aren’t necessarily a new phenomenon. A quick google search will identify cases being in the news from...

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The results of the last survey Jan24

Thank you to all those who participated in this edition’s survey and for those of you who attended my recent Medico-legal Seminar at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. It was a fascinating and educational day, made a success by the...

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