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CET – Adapting clinical practice to support patients with communication issues

By Jo Watkins, Consultant Psychiatrist working within the NHS. She has a special interest in people with Charles Bonnet Syndrome and other visual phenomena associated with sight loss. The module will detail the impact of a range of mental health conditions in adults on communication needs, and understand appropriate ways to plan and adapt communication to optimise eyecare delivery for patients with dementia or autistic spectrum disorders..

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Sophie’s Magic Spectacles helps children’s self-esteem

When an author had an eye test, she chatted about her idea for a book to help transform children’s self-esteem and tackle the growing issue of young children suffering with mental health issues – with a specs-wearing character who can see through to the good in people. The optician then went on to help the author get the book published | more

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Eye test picks up brain tumour

A trip to a Didcot opticians resulted in the diagnosis of a brain tumour for eight-year-old local boy, Winston French. The youngster had been experiencing headaches and vomiting for a number of weeks so his | more

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When a seven-year-old runs an optical practice

A young primary pupil put experienced optical professionals through their paces and proved her natural leadership skills when she took over the reins at Specsavers Hastings last month. Seven-year-old Grace Stansbury won the opportunity to | more