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Treating minor eye conditions in optometry practices: is this a viable model for the future?

The role of the optometrist has expanded in recent years as community eye care services have changed. With the limited scope of general ophthalmic services (GOS) regulations in most parts of the UK, the funding to support additional care has...

Essentials of OCT in Ocular Disease

Sir Isaac Newton was the first to establish the technique of low coherence white light interferometry. Following on from this, the principle of laser interferometry as an imaging modality for retina was applied by David Huang and his associates in...

What about the children? Cornea cross-linking for children with keratoconus

Keratoconus can behave more aggressively in paediatric than in adult patients. Collagen cross-linking has been shown to slow the progression of keratoconus in adults. This systematic review determined the effectiveness of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in children. For this study,...

Efficacy of combined vitrectomy with intravitreal corticosteroid injection for ERM

In this study the authors evaluated the efficacy of vitrectomy combined with corticosteroid injection for idiopathic epiretinal membrane (ERM). A systematic literature review was conducted by searching three electronic databases, PubMed, Embase and Medline, up to 2020 for relevant studies....

Does a gut-eye axis exist?

Simerdip Kaur takes a look at the latest ophthalmology-related news stories and asks which are based on facts and which are ‘fake news’. Headline: Does a gut-eye axis exist? Over a decade ago, the Human Microbiome Project was launched by...

AAO cancels meeting for first time since 1945

The AAO has announced that its 2020 meeting will now be virtual only.

Meeting the needs of older patients in optics

Fiona Anderson discusses the important role of community-based eyecare practitioners in meeting the visual needs of ageing patients. It has been well documented that today we live for longer. Statistics show in 1997, around one in every six people (15.9%)...

Prediction errors of formulas in optical biometers

This study was conducted retrospectively in a private practice setting. Nine formulas were compared for prediction error (postoperative spherical equivalent (SE) minus, predicted SE calculated by each formula), using two optical biometers (Lenstar – optical low coherence reflectometry (OLCR) and...

The challenges of rural optometry and how independent prescribing has helped

Why move from a busy professional independent Aberdeen optometry practice over 200 miles to one of the most remote places in the United Kingdom? I could talk about the professional challenge of supporting a rural community, or the chance to...

The extended role of the specialist ophthalmic photographer

The prevalence of certain retinal conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is projected to grow substantially over the next decades. Estimates for the projected growth in burden on eye services for diabetic retinopathy and neovascular ARMD...

Specialty-driven EMR for paperless clinical environment – insights for an informed choice

Deployment of specialty-driven (or specialty-specific) electronic medical record (EMR) systems across UK ophthalmology units appears to be growing rapidly at the expense of generic, multiuse digital technology packages. Experience further suggests that open source systems can play a significant role...

Breakthroughs in the genetics of angle-closure glaucoma

Angle closure glaucoma (ACG) is not widely known to be a familial condition, yet the recent explosion of genetic data and large scale genome wide investigations have confirmed at least 13 genetic loci associated with ACG [1], and provided some...