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Ophthalmic learning through the lens of cognitivism and constructivism

Learning in ophthalmology is multi-faceted, from understanding the fundamentals of eye anatomy and physiology to higher order skills such as performing cataract and vitreoretinal surgery. Having a strong foundation in the basics is a necessity for higher order knowledge synthesis,...

Paediatric spectacle dispensing: more than a frame and lenses

It’s incredibly rewarding to fit a child’s first pair of spectacles and see their face light up; looking around to see the wider world for the first time. Sometimes it is so obvious that even the most reluctant parent will...

Home Wi-Fi / range and security tips

This issue covers two topics that relate to Wi-Fi. The first is keeping your wireless network secure and the second is extending its range. Keeping home Wi-Fi secure Let’s say the recent computer attacks that resulted in disruption to NHS...

Latest updates on virus protection and location sharing

Time to uninstall your virus killer? Installing security software and keeping it up-to-date has long been considered good advice, certainly when talking about Windows PCs. A recent article in Ars Technica (https://goo.gl/4v4jde) highlighted increasing problems with this approach. The conclusion...

Coming to terms with AI

A machine might be called intelligent if its response to questions could convince a person that it was human, a test proposed by Alan Turing in 1950 [1]. The author considers potential applications of artificial intelligence (AI) using machine learning...

North West Neuro-Opthalmology Day

The inaugural North West Neuro-Ophthalmology course aims to cover a variety of clinical neuro-ophthalmic complaints via succinct, interactive lectures. The lectures are delivered by a range of consultants specialising in neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-radiology, orbital disease and uveitis. The course will...

Gender and ethnicity related differences in optic nerve head

The authors investigated the effect of ethnicity and gender on optic nerve head morphology comparing Indian and Caucasian males and females. The optic nerve head was investigated using spectral-domain optic coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Results showed that disc and rim areas...

Using graphical illustration to predict giant cell arteritis

A nomogram is a chart or graph of scaled variables that facilitates the approximate computation of a mathematical function via intersecting lines. The objective of this study was to illustrate the use of a nomogram for the prediction of giant...

5-FU in cicatricial conjunctivitis

This is a retrospective review of 56 patients with cicatricial conjunctivitis, including 25 eyes that received sub-conjunctival injections of 25-50mg of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) as part of their treatment. Thirty-seven patients had ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (OCP) and 19 had Stevens-Johnson syndrome...

Prevalence of misdiagnosis of third nerve palsy by referring clinicians

The authors present a retrospective case review of new patient presentations to a neuro-ophthalmology clinic at two centres between 2014 and 2017. The electronic medical records were searched using the variety of terms for third nerve palsy. Referral for management...

Doctor at large

“In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the… Anyone? Anyone?... the Great Depression, passed the… Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone…?” In this memorable scene, the monotonous...

Vision Buddy: A sight enhancement wearable to enhance TV and computer viewing

This review of the Vision Buddy system continues our recent series on wearable assistive technology. The main component of the Vision Buddy system is a VR-type headset, designed to assist users with a range of tasks primarily within the home...