Multiple to train staff to spot eye cancer

Vision Express offers employees training on how to spot the signs of childhood eye cancer

15 Sep 2016 by Emily McCormick

Practitioners working in Vision Express branches across the UK and Ireland will receive professional training to help them spot the signs of childhood eye cancer.

Working in partnership with the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT), the training scheme has been announced during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and is said to demonstrate the multiple’s commitment to “reducing delays in diagnosis of the life-threatening condition.”

Vision Express has worked with CHECT since 2010, and to date has raised more than £300,00 for the charity.

The CET-accredited training initiative is the second education campaign established by Vision Express in a bid to reduce delays in the diagnosis of retinoblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that mainly affects children up to six years old.

Training will include a series of videos presented by two retinoblastoma consultants and a representative of CHECT, as well as an interactive module to reinforce learning.

CEO of Vision Express, Jonathan Lawson, said: "Opticians are at the frontline in helping to battle this rare childhood eye cancer so we’re hoping this training module will build on the important foundations laid down by the protocol already adopted by Vision Express, and bring the learning alive for all optical professionals to ensure we can collectively tackle the disease head on.”

In 2013, Vision Express became the first opticians in the UK to adopt a protocol to ensure a quick and effective referral if retinoblastoma is suspected.

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    Anonymous

    Yes send all V Express Optoms back to university to learn how to detect retinal blastomas.Remind them to use an ophthalmoscope that helps.I suppose when they find one the patients and parents will be paraded in the local press to say how thankful they are to the Optom doing what he is paid to do.Wonderful.Optometry has come a long way

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    Anonymous

    I always believed that spotting eye disease including retinoblastoma and other eye/facial cancers was entry level care for optometrists I think it is a good idea to run CET to remind practitioners but the press release implies this is something special when al they are doing is their job

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