Northern Ireland optometrists boost retina knowledge

Optometrists from all Northern Ireland stores have completed a professional certificate in medical retina.

The medical retina qualification is accredited by the UK College of Optometrists and is completed over two academic terms, covering topics on OCT interpretation, diabetic retinopathy grading, AMD classification and the identification and management of acute retinal pathology.

It adds to the suite of post-graduate qualifications already completed by the region’s optometrists, including accreditations in minor eye conditions, glaucoma and cataract.

Course director, Dr Raymond Beirne from Ulster University says : ‘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.’

Pictured left-to-right at Ulster university’s Belfast campus:

  • Jill Campbell, optometrist, Lisburn store director and head of enhanced optical services in Northern Ireland
  • Optometrist and OCT training architect Mike Horler
  • Dr Raymond Beirne, course director at Ulster University
  • Donna Harbison, store director and optometrist at Specsavers Omagh and Strabane stores who was awarded a distinction in her medical retina professional certificate exams.

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