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Specsavers optometrists complete medical retina qualification

Optometrists in each of Specsavers’ 22 Northern Ireland stores have completed the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina

Specsavers staff at Ulster University
Optometrists from each of Specsavers practices in Northern Ireland have completed a Professional Certificate in Medical Retina.

The practitioners from 22 branches have gained the higher qualification in order to upgrade their enhanced optical services (EOS) skills.

Optometrists completed the College of Optometrists-accredited Medical Retina qualification at Ulster University during two academic terms. The course consisted online and face-to-face study, with lectures and tutorials provided by expert optometrists and ophthalmologists.

During the course, optometrists learned about the latest updates on conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. They were also able to develop their knowledge in digital retinal imaging and ocular coherence tomography.

Course leader at Ulster University, Dr Raymond Beirne, said: “We are delighted that so many local Specsavers optometrists have taken the time and effort to enhance and upskill their knowledge and understanding of medical retina through this Ulster University course. It will be of huge benefit to Specsavers’ patients in the detection and management of sight threatening retinal diseases.”

More than 10,000 EOS accreditations have been completed by Specsavers optometrists over the last two years.