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Burnout: ubiquitous and unavoidable?

Meriam Islam reminds us of the importance of ‘putting our oxygen mask on first’ and avoiding burnout while we progress through our careers. Burnout. It’s a term we hear a lot. What does it mean though? According to Merriam Webster,...

What's trending Oct/Nov 2023

A round-up of the eye-related hot topics that have been trending on social media over the last few weeks. #Hello A big hello to those reading. It’s my absolute pleasure to take on the mantel of section editor of the...

Ophthalmology

The textbook is a large, single volume that ideally needs to be desk or table-supported, as its sheer weight makes it virtually impossible to rest comfortably on ones lap. The book is compiled by its two lead authors and editors...

The other side

Adele sings a song called Hello, which is about a mythical phonecall she makes to an ex-boyfriend about how different life is now compared to when they used to date. The chorus line repeated many times is “Hello from the...

Ophthalmic Imaging Association Conference 2019

By Hayley Coates, Ophthalmic Imager, Bury St Edmunds. The Ophthalmic Imaging Association (OIA) Conference attracts ophthalmic science practitioners, photographers, technicians, optometrists and ophthalmologists from around the UK and was a perfect networking opportunity for those in the ophthalmic imaging field....

Associations with ocular surface disease in high school children

The authors aimed to determine the prevalence of ocular surface symptoms in a high school population and to evaluate its association with contact lens wear and other factors. The study had a population of 3240 students. This was a cross-sectional...

CHEC treats first surgical eye patients at Stockport Exchange

Community healthcare provider restores sight for local residents in partnership with the NHS.

The meaning of life

Supercomputer: “The answer to the great question of Life, the Universe and Everything is…”Programmer: “Yes…?”Supercomputer: “42. It was a tough assignment”.Programmer: “42? Is that all you have got to show for seven and a half million years work?” In this...

Effect of the COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service on patient referrals to general practitioners and Hospital Eye Service

The COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Services (CUES) was developed to relieve the demands of hospital ophthalmology, aiming to allow patients to have remote consultations and be managed by community optometric practice. This was because access to Hospital Eye Service (HES) Ophthalmic...

Forward looking practices to plan for 5 years at 100% Optical

The OSA is urging practices to adopt a forward-thinking approach and to make investment decisions for a five-year business plan, as the industry and profession meet at 100% Optical 24-26 February.

Doctor by the sea (Pete’s Hidden Curriculum Part 1)

See Pete's Hidden Curriculum Part 2 here. “They can always hurt you more.” This is The Fat Man’s Law Number 8 from the book The House of God by Samuel Shem. For those that have not read this book, it...

Patient safety – is this achieved in optometry with CET?

Collecting points and ticking boxes – as we come to the end of another three year cycle of continuing education and training (CET), the rush to ensure that everything has been completed on the myGOC (General Optical Council) dashboard feels...