Ophthalmic experts host optometrist training

Leading eye hospital group, Optegra, has teamed up with Vision Express to host a series of training events.

Three interactive workshop days for pre-registration optometrists scheduled between October and November, were created to develop communication skills, clinical decision making in ocular disease and slit lamp techniques.

The first of these events held at Optegra Eye Hospital, London included a lecture session by ophthalmologist Mr Simon Levy, who shared his expertise with an update on how to communicate the various options now available for patients presenting with cataract.

Dr Clare O’Donnell, Head of Eye Sciences at Optegra, said: “Optegra was delighted to host this unique and bespoke training event for all Vision Express trainee optometrists. The relevance of Mr Levy’s comments on how cataract patients can be advised on their options in the clinical setting was then put into practice by the pre-registration optometrists in various role play scenarios.

“Topics relating to the role of the optometrist in pre and post-operative management of cataract and refractive patients were particularly interesting and generated great discussion amongst attendees.”

Attendees from all over the UK then participated in three workshop activities:
  • Workshop A – practical slit lamp biomicroscopy. This involved participants setting up various slit lamp techniques to help refine their skills, and was supported by video coverage to illustrate some less common findings.
  • Workshop B – clinical decision making in ocular pathology. This workshop included different clinical scenarios which formed the basis of the session and group discussion.
  • Workshop C- communication. The pre-reg attendees were asked to role play how to explain to patients certain eye conditions and their management.

The day ended with a feedback session and the attendees said they found the day hugely enjoyable and informative.

Attendee Mariam Zulfikar commented: ‘I found the workshops really useful, making my understanding of the requirements for the competencies a lot clearer’.

Elin Williams reported that she found the event a valuable experience in acquiring the necessary skills to investigate and manage patients with ocular disease.

Each course will be attended by 25-30 pre-reg optoms, as part of the required competencies for trainees:
  • 25 Oct; Optegra Eye Hospital, London
  • 1 Nov; Optegra Birmingham Eye Hospital
  • 22 November, Optegra Surrey Eye Hospital (Guildford)

Omar Hassan, Head of Professional Services at Vision Express, said: “Involving Optegra eye specialists and ophthalmologists in our pre-registration optometrist training is proving extremely effective in preparing our trainees for their scheme for registration ocular disease competencies. This event is helping enhance their understanding of how to provide the best customer care for those patients presenting to our stores with ocular pathology; and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to finding new interactive teaching methods to help develop our future optometrists.”

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