The optical team at Specsavers in Coleraine are now even more focused on detecting signs of glaucoma in customers with four of their staff achieving the post-graduate Professional Certificate in Glaucoma from Ulster University.
Store director Judith Ball explained:
‘As Glaucoma is the second biggest cause of blindness in the world but with no symptoms in the early stages, and many being people unaware that they have it, we felt it’s important for our optometrists to continue to upskill’
The course prepared the Coleraine optometrists who already had the relevant clinical glaucoma experience, for glaucoma referral refinement schemes. It provided additional specialist knowledge and skills for monitoring patients with diagnosed OHT and suspect COAG with an established management plan to monitor patients with diagnosed ocular hypertension or suspect glaucoma, within the confines of locally agreed protocols, in a primary care setting.
The further training involved a suite of eight online audio-visual lectures, self study, peer discussions, a face to face tutorial session, in-depth experience with Goldmann applanation tonometers as well as practical and written assessments. Judith continued: ‘Whilst all of our optometrists are qualified to detect the early signs of the disease through the puff test we are always keen to extend our knowledge and increase our skills. The 12 week course provided theoretical and practical approaches to improving detection and management of the condition which we are integrating into our daily eye examinations.’
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