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Welcome to the College of Optometrists' new series of optometry podcasts. Our very own ex-hospital radio DJ (and Head of Research), Martin Cordiner, will be taking you through an optometric journey, covering topics such as the latest in eye health research and patient experiences.

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Welcome to the College of Optometrists' new series of optometry podcasts. Our very own ex-hospital radio DJ (and Head of Research), Martin Cordiner, will be taking you through an optometric journey, covering topics such as the latest in eye health research and patient experiences.

    OiP: COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare

    OiP: COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare

    Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, Editor of OiP, and Professor Shahina Pardhan MCOptom, Director of Vision and Eye Research Institute at ARU, discuss the impact of COVID-19 on eye health and eyecare. They look at the evidence around the link between COVID-19 and sore eyes, photophobia and watery eyes, and the effect of the pandemic on contact lens wearers. They also focus on the need to inform patients of COVID-19-related eye health issues and how and where they can seek advice when suffering from an eye complaint.

    Professor Pardhan is co-author of the paper: COVID-19 and its impact on eyecare: a review. To read the paper head to:

    https://www.college-optometrists.org/oip-resource/covid-19-and-its-impact-on-eyecare-a-review.html

    For more Optometry in Practice articles, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/OiP


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    • 17 min
    Reforming prisoners through optometry

    Reforming prisoners through optometry

    After optometrist Tanjit Dosanjh's own father was imprisoned for a serious criminal offence 2003, he knew that he wanted to do all he could to change the lives of those entering the system. He used his own knowledge and skills to set up The Prison Optician Trust, which provides offenders with training in optics and a brighter future away from crime. He believes that other professions should do the same.

    In this episode, Daniel talks to Tanjit and one of his trainees - an ex-offender who has just qualified as a dispensing optician, and who now has a thriving career in optics. 

    To find out more about the The Prison Optician Trust, visit: https://prisonopticians.org/

    To read more about Tanjit's career in our Acuity article: https://www.college-optometrists.org/acuity-resource/career-profile-tanjit-dosanjh.html


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    • 28 min
    Risks of aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in practice

    Risks of aerosol transmission of COVID-19 in practice

    In this episode, Daniel has a fascinating conversation with Professor Jose-Luis Jimenez, aerosol expert and fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA.

    In July last year, Professor Jimenez was one of 239 experts in multiple scientific fields who signed an open letter to the CDC and WHO (1) urging them to recognise inhalation as the main mode of transmission of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

    Daniel and Professor Jimenez’s conversation covers the difference between droplet and aerosol transmission, why it matters and how to reduce the spread, plus Jose’s publicly available modelling tool, which you can use to estimate the transmission risk in your practice (2).

    Professor Jimenez shares his own personal recommendations on specific mask types. The College continues to align its views and recommendations on masks with those of Public Health England.

    Resources mentioned

    1. It Is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/71/9/2311/5867798

    2. Aerosol Transmission Estimator Tool - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16K1OQkLD4BjgBdO8ePj6ytf-RpPMlJ6aXFg3PrIQBbQ/edit#gid=519189277

    3. Indicators for Risk of Airborne Transmission in Shared Indoor Environments and their application to COVID-19 Outbreaks - https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.04.21.21255898v1

    4. Exhaled CO2 as a COVID-19 Infection Risk Proxy for Different Indoor Environments and Activities - https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.1c00183

    5. Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0195670121000074


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    • 39 min
    WebinarXtra: Common optic neuropathies

    WebinarXtra: Common optic neuropathies

    In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Consultant Ali Yagan following his webinar on common optic neuropathies, where he presented cases on different types of optic neuropathies and optic nerve swelling, to help optometrists identify urgent situations and when patients need to be managed as an emergency. Ali answers all those questions there wasn't time to cover during the live webinar.

    Ali is the Consultant, Education Lead and Clinical Supervisor at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. 

    Members can watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=297

    For more live webinars, visit: www.college-optometrists.org/events

    Share your thoughts and questions for a chance to have them included in the next podcast episode. Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message


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    • 28 min
    WebinarXtra: Is this child likely to be myopic?

    WebinarXtra: Is this child likely to be myopic?

    In this episode of WebinarXtra, Clinical Adviser, Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom, asks Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom and Dr Sara McCullough MCOptom questions there wasn't time to answer during their live webinar. The webinar discussed recent findings from the part College-funded Northern Ireland Childhood Errors of Refraction (NICER) Study, and how it can help optometrists identify children at risk of future myopia.

    Kathryn is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science and Sara is a lecturer of Optometry and Vision Science, both at at Ulster University in Northern Ireland.

    Watch a recording of the webinar and earn one non-interactive CET point until 16 December 2021: https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=289

    For more live webinars, visit https://www.college-optometrists.org/events

    Share your thoughts and questions for a chance to have them included in the next podcast episode. Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/collegeofoptometrists/message


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    • 37 min
    How refractive blur affects driver judgement and our Focus On Life campaign

    How refractive blur affects driver judgement and our Focus On Life campaign

    In this episode, Martin talks to Dr Joanne Wood - a Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia - about her latest research published in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO) on how “Refractive Blur Affects Judgement of Pedestrian Walking Direction at Night”.  And Daniel speaks with the College’s own PR Manager, Ann Marie Stevens and Marketing and Communications Executive, Abby Duggan, to find out about the inspirational #FocusOnLife campaign, highlighting the importance of vision.

    Read Dr Joanne Wood’s OPO research paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/opo.12811 and for more OPO papers, visit: https://www.college-optometrists.org/OPO/

    Learn how you can get involved in the Focus On Life campaign here https://www.college-optometrists.org/FocusOnLife/ and here https://www.college-optometrists.org/Alice/


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