Practice team webinar: Visual fields and OCT for the optical assistant
The third in our series of practice team focussed webinars, delivered in partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision, this session will offer practical advice to members of the practice team to assist with undertaking OCT scans and visual field assessments.
Advances in technology and an increase in availability have resulted in optical coherence tomography (OCT) being a valuable and readily encountered tool in optometric practice. As OCT scan interpretation may be pivotal for the management of a patient, the acquisition of a high-quality image is paramount. This part of the session aims to detail the process that optical assistants can use to acquire an OCT scan. It will also inform on the best approach to take when undertaking OCTs with regards to communication and set up.
Although often unpopular with patients and practitioners alike, a visual field test gives us vital information about the function of the entire visual system, from the eye to the brain – information that we can’t obtain any other way in optometric high street practice. This session discusses the optimisation of visual field testing, addressing patient’s needs and concerns, and ensuring optimal quality of the visual field data obtained.
There is no CET associated with this session.
The practice team webinar series is free to attend for everyone. If you are not a member of AOP then you will need to register here to book on to this event. Each member of the practice team will need to register separately.
19:00 - 19:45
Visual fields and OCT for the optical assistant
Dr Grant Robinson is a qualified optometrist and a lecturer at the Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre (WOPEC) at Cardiff University. His role as a lecturer involves teaching across the postgraduate MSc Clinic Optometry programme. In addition to being awarded a PhD from Cardiff University he also holds postgraduate qualifications in glaucoma, medical retina and low vision. Grant is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, assessor for the Eye Health Examination Wales (EHEW) service, College of Optometrists councillor for Wales and vice-chair of the South East Wales Regional Optical Committee (SEWROC). He also maintains a role as a practicing optometrist in Chepstow where he is currently a pre-registration supervisor.
Dr Lindsay Rountree is a lecturer at the University of Bradford, and has been involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate education for several years. She has been involved in glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy screening shared care programmes in high street practice, and holds postgraduate qualifications in glaucoma and binocular vision. She was awarded her PhD from Cardiff University, where she researched visual field testing in glaucoma, a theme she continues in her current research. Lindsay is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an editorial board member for ‘Optometry in Practice’.