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Clinical photography – Papilloedema

Image supplied by Nick Whittingham, Specsavers  Papilloedema is a swelling of the optic disc that occurs as a result of elevated intracranial pressure (ICP). The condition is usually bilateral, although one eye may be more severe | more

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Hussnan looks to the future

Since carrying out some work experience at a Dudley opticians Hussnan Ejaz has had his heart set on a career in optics. Today, just nine years later he’s fulfilled his dream and is an optometrist | more

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A day in the life of a contact lens optician

Spectrum asked contact lens optician Maddy McDonald to describe a typical day in the busy contact lens clinic in Camberley, Surrey. Maddy McDonald joined Specsavers Camberley in 2002 as an optical assistant. She then enrolled on | more

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Dispensing case study – Heights matter beyond the multifocal

A young patient’s slanted posture was noted – only when asked he admitted he was in this painful position most of the time “So I can see.” On checking the spectacles sourced overseas, no heights had been allowed for, producing 12 D of base down prism in both eyes. To neutralise this, the patient was placing himself in a head-up position to look through the optical centre of the lens. | more

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The new wave – summer of pre-reg

August can be seen as “pre-registration optometrist month”. Like many practices, we will soon welcome a new pre-registration student, fresh from University and our existing pre-registration student prepares for her OSCEs. I vividly remember my | more