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Here you will find OT's archive of CET and clinical articles that were published from 1999 to 2015. You can search for CET articles via the year of publication or using a keyword search. Articles can be downloaded as a PDF, along with any references and MCQ answers linked to the article, when available.

  • Communication - part 1 – soliciting information from the patient

    Communication: soliciting information from the patient, Part 1

    Communication is the key to a successful consultation. This first article in a two-part series on communication skills considers the art of soliciting information from the patient.

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    Article type CET

    Author(s) Helena Webb, Dirk vom Lehn, Bruce Evans and Peter Allen

    Published 14 Mar 2014

  • Low vision – not just AMD - part 2

    Low vision – not just AMD, Part 2

    Low vision specialist Kevin McNally presents the second part in this VRICS series on the provision of optical and non-optical low vision aids and the conditions for which they may be used.

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    Article type CET VRICS

    Author(s) Kevin McNally BSc (Hons), MCOptom, FBDO (Hons), LVA

    Published 14 Mar 2014

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  • Factors affecting intraocular pressure measurement

    Factors affecting intraocular pressure measurement

    There are many factors that affect the measurement of intraocular pressure. This article explores the short, medium and long-term factors, which can impact the results, allowing the practitioner to take these into account when they perform tonometry on their patients.

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    Article type CET

    Author(s) Dr Kirsten Hamilton-Maxwell

    Published 14 Mar 2014

  • Blepharitis, but not as you know it

    Blepharitis, but not as you know it

    This straight-talking article provides the reader with a clear understanding of how to investigate and diagnose lid margin disease. It offers useful tips on managing eyelid disease that will save the practitioner time, delight patients, and provide a welcome boost for business.

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    Article type CET

    Author(s) Gillian Bruce MCOptom, DipTP(IP) and Ian Cameron MCOptom, DipCLP, DipTP(IP), FBCLA

    Published 28 Feb 2014

  • Retinal haemorrhages – cases in ophthalmology

    Retinal haemorrhages – cases in ophthalmology

    Imran Jawaid and Moneesh Patel explore cases of retinal haemorrhages seen within secondary eye care services, relating these findings to basic anatomy. They present the clinical features of each case and guide the practitioner to appropriate management.

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    Article type CET

    Author(s) Imran Jawaid BSc (Hons), MBChB (Hons) and Moneesh Patel MBChB, FRCOphth

    Published 28 Feb 2014

  • Dispensing for facial disfigurement

    Dispensing for facial disfigurement

    In practice, patients can present with atypical facial characteristics, which demand a bit more time, skill and attention from the dispenser. This article explores the considerations and solutions in order to achieve a successful dispensing outcome for patients with facial disfigurement.

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    Article type CET

    Author(s) Sally Bates BSc (Hons), FBDO, Cert Ed

    Published 14 Feb 2014

  • Low vision – not just AMD - part 1

    Low vision – not just AMD, Part 1

    The images presented in this VRICS test the practitioners knowledge on the provision of optical and non-optical low vision aids and the conditions for which they may be used.

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    Article type CET VRICS

    Author(s) Kevin McNally BSc (Hons), MCOptom, FBDO (Hons), LVA

    Published 14 Feb 2014

  • Material changes – plastic lenses of the last decade

    Material changes – plastic lenses of the last decade

    With a rapidly changing lens market it can be difficult to keep on top of the vast range of products available. This article gives a concise overview of the latest lens materials in common use, identifies those that are falling out of favour, with a nod to what the future may hold.

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    Article type CET

    Author(s) Philip Gilbert FBDO

    Published 14 Feb 2014

  • Normal and impaired face perception: implications for the optometrist

    Normal and impaired face perception: implications for the optometrist

    Being able to recognise a familiar face is a skill often taken for granted. This article gives an absorbing account of the underlying mechanisms for normal face perception and the implications of impairment to this important visual function due to ocular and neurological disease.

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    Article type CET

    Author(s) Andrew J Logan BSc (Hons), MCOptom, Dr Gael Gordon PhD, Dip Optom and Dr Gunter Loffler PhD

    Published 31 Jan 2014

  • Colour vision deficiency part 3 - occupational standards

    Colour vision deficiency, Part 3 – occupational standards

    In this final part in the series on colour vision, occupational requirements are discussed along with the various methods of assessment and an overview of recent developments.

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    Article type CET

    Author(s) Jennifer Birch

    Published 31 Jan 2014

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