Social networking

The use of social networking is now very common in both home and work environments. The field is expanding continually and we have had some requests for a roundup of common platforms. What is social networking and social media? As...

EyeLogbook

This issue we’re covering the recently updated EyeLogbook (www.eyelogbook.co.uk), the Royal College of Ophthalmologist’s (RCO) online surgical logbook. Back in March 2016 a fully re-designed version of the site was released. Not only does the new version bring a beautifully...

Eye drop reminder apps

There are quite a few apps in both the iPhone and Android app stores designed to help patients remember to take their eye drops. The goal here was to select an app suitable to recommend to patients. Ophthalmic specific apps...

Protecting and recovering from email hacking

Over the last 12 months I have received emails from more than 20 friends and acquaintances (mostly doctors) who didn’t send those emails. More often than not I find the emails in my ‘Spam’ folder as Gmail knows they are...

Projectors and Stagefright

Choosing the correct aspect ratio for a presentation There are several mistakes that are easy to make when using PowerPoint. The most common one I see is the failure of a video to play because the video file wasn’t copied...

The GMC joins the mobile revolution

If you are an ophthalmologist practising in the UK the increasing need to log your educational activities for your Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) or appraisal can’t possibly have escaped you. The existing tools in this area for ophthalmologists...

Code4Health

Like many of the topics covered in this column this subject is not ophthalmic specific. Hopefully it is of sufficient interest to be relevant to this audience. Code4Health is a programme from NHS England that was announced in March 2015...

QR codes in posters

Sometimes it is nice to read a poster you see at a conference in more detail at a later date. With a little effort you can easily distribute a PDF version of your poster to interested readers by ‘attaching’ a...

Interview with Clinical Director of OpenEyes

Professor James Morgan is an Ophthalmic Consultant at Cardiff Hospital and also the clinical director of the OpenEyes programme. Given the national push for electronic records we felt hearing directly from James would be of interest. The interview was conducted...

Braille phones, glaucoma implants and screenshots

Basic phone for Braille readers (or kids and the elderly) We’ve previously covered the extensive features of smartphones that can help the sight impaired. It’s clear, however, that smartphones are not for everyone. One alternative is a custom made Braille...

Imaging without a slit-lamp, more Google Glass news and strabismus humour

Pinterest Many of you will know about this site that organises collections of mostly graphical information. It’s used heavily for fashion, recipes and cupcakes. Well, it seems it has also become quite a useful resource for ophthalmology, optometry and related...

A paperless future – get involved!

Jeremy Hunt’s statement earlier in 2014, about a paperless NHS by 2018, has added momentum to the transition away from paper records. The Tech Review this issue discusses what that will involve and how and why you may want to...