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Enrolment now open for local FBDO course

Applications are now open for the Fellowship Dispensing Diploma (FBDO) course, which combines online study with face-to-face lectures and practical sessions. Run by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and supported by Specsavers, the FBDO is a Level 6 diploma in ophthalmic dispensing that covers a comprehensive array of knowledge and skills that exceed the level taught within the...

Specsavers opens its 100th Australian audiology location

Specsavers Audiology is now available in 100 stores across Australia following the opening of the network’s newest location in Success, Western Australia. With 21 Specsavers Audiology locations opened since the beginning of the year, Specsavers is accelerating its rollout plan as audiology professionals and customers embrace the Specsavers mix of clinical excellence and affordable hearing solutions. Local WA audiologist Kathleen Stoop...

Specsavers hosts largest Pathway graduation

Continuing its trend of record numbers, Specsavers Australia & New Zealand recently hosted its largest annual Pathway graduation function, with almost 50 more optical professionals now ready to lead their own Specsavers store. On the evening of 3 May, 46 optometrists and senior retail team members – 37 from across Australia and 9 from New Zealand – celebrated their graduation...

Optical dispensing legend Mo Jalie joins SDC3 speaker line-up

Registration has opened for the third Specsavers Dispensing Conference (SDC3), and optical dispensers can now sign up to hear from Professor Mo Jalie, author of the core dispensing text, Principles of Ophthalmic Lenses. SDC3 will take place from 4 to 9 August 2019 as a one-day event held in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Open to all qualified optical dispensers...

Dispensing: Prescription analysis – Case #8

This case was among a series presented by Miranda Richardson FBDO, Assistant Director of Professional Examinations for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, for peer discussion at the second Specsavers Dispensing Conference (SDC2) in August 2018.

Optometry case study: Retinitis pigmentosa with macular complications

By Catrina Roberts, Specsavers Morayfield, QLD History Px: 22-year-old Caucasian male Reason for visit: New retail team member at Specsavers having an eye exam to experience the full customer journey. Reported poor peripheral vision and struggled with night-time exercises involving the use of night-vision goggles when previously in the army. GH: No issues POH: First eye exam FOH: No relevant issues Clinical Assessment Refraction: Unaided VA: RE: 6/7.5    LE: 6/6-2 Subjective refraction: RE: +0.25/-0.75×175   ...

Big in Japan: a behind-the-scenes look at Menicon contact lenses

Four Specsavers optometrists who emerged as the leaders of an internal contact lens initiative enjoyed a four-day trip to Japan where they gained insight into the provenance of the contact lenses they supply in-store. Specsavers Australia & New Zealand Head of Contact Lenses Reah Armstrong, who accompanied the optometrists on the ‘Big in Japan’ trip, reports on what the...

Optometrists and students bond over mini-golf and bowling

Early-career optometrists and optometry students strengthened their personal and professional networks during two Specsavers social events that took place in April. A number of first-year and second-year Specsavers graduate optometrists, Graduate Program alumni and clinical placement students met at Holey Moley in Adelaide on the evening of 8 April to enjoy a round of mini-golf. Joined by members of the Specsavers...

Specsavers Partnership: Leading self and leading change with Pathway Module One

Jess Barr, who has been with Specsavers since March 2013 and is currently a retail leader at Specsavers Clare in South Australia, began her six-month Pathway journey in early April. Pathway, which is Specsavers’ partnership development program for experienced optometrists and senior retail professionals, includes four core modules. Here, Jess provides some insight into what she learned in the...

Workshop helps to further graduates’ mentorship and development

First-year graduate optometrists recently regrouped for the second touchpoint in the Specsavers Graduate Program, the Graduate Mentor and Mentee Workshop, where they shared their achievements and challenges with their peers, plotted out their future development with their mentors, and gained insight into their preferred working styles. Six one-day Graduate Mentor and Mentee Workshops took place from 1 to 17 April...