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Designing ophthalmology services Part 2: How do we address the queues for a clinic?

The first of this three-part series showed how systems engineering can be used to correctly diagnose and address the causes of delays in a clinic. This second article describes how to design a more productive system that meets the new...

Contract signed to build Oriel, a state-of-the-art eye health centre

A £300 million contract has been awarded to Bouygues UK to build Oriel, a new eye care, research and education centre in Camden.

Ophthalmology assessment using Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a hierarchical list of attributes and skills that facilitates teachers to effectively teach, whilst concurrently enabling learners to effectively learn. It was first developed in 1956 by Benjamin Bloom, an educational psychologist along with a team of...

What's trending Feb/Mar 2018

We are officially in 2018. New year, new you. The clock starts to turn to midnight and suddenly the excess and gluttony of the Christmas festive period comes to mind. “This year will be better”, we say to ourselves. The...

New prognostic model for multiple sclerosis after optic neuritis presentation

The authors present a post-hoc analysis using the publicly available data set from the Optic Neuritis Treatment Trial. The Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to assess for associations between clinical and radiological variables and the development of clinical...

Unconscious bias (part 2)

Does unconscious bias exist, and does training help to reduce discriminatory behaviour? Clare Inkster questions her role as a trainer. I read Gwyn Williams’ Learning Curve article on this topic a few months ago with interest, and as someone who...

Can coenzyme Q10 have a protective role in ethambutol-induced retinal ganglion cell toxicity

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases, especially in developing or low- income countries. Ethambutol is a widely used drug to treat TB. Ethambutol can cause visual disturbance including ethambutol toxic optic neuropathy (ETON). ETON is one...

Meta-analysis of treating meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) with topical / oral azithromycin

This study pooled the clinical outcomes of 18 high-quality studies managing MGD with azithromycin. Symptom score was the primary and clinical signs were the secondary outcome measures. Overall effectiveness of topical azithromycin (TA) and oral azithromycin (OA) was measured by...

Sebaceous gland carcinoma

This is a review of 241 patients diagnosed with periocular sebaceous gland carcinoma which investigates whether age at presentation influences either the clinical presentation or the outcomes of treatment. Twelve percent of patients were classified as young (<40 years old),...

Tear production levels and dry eye disease

Dry eye disease (DED) is multifactorial, caused by an alteration in the quality or quantity of tear film’s three layers. Several tests are available for diagnosis. The aim of this study was to determine if the Schirmer test (ST) could...

Ocular adnexal mantle cell lymphoma

In this study the authors compare primary ocular adnexal (OA) mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) with initially systemic MCL occurring over a 30-year period. MCL is a rare form of lymphoma accounting for 5-11% of OA lymphomas and therefore knowledge of...

The results of the last survey Aug 2019

Thank you once again for participating in the survey. Some fascinating results once again. Almost one in five of us do not cancel cataract surgery on the day if the blood pressure (BP) is high, which I am surprised about....