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Specsavers Partnership: End of Pathway, beginning of partnership

Amy Thong describes her experience of the final assessment in the Pathway partnership development program, and reflects on her transition into Specsavers joint venture partnership as Dispensing Director of Specsavers Auckland CBD in New Zealand. The final assessment for Pathway leverages the skills, experience and growth attained throughout all the modules. It reflects the significant investments that the Pathway program...

SCC8 platinum sponsors release additional CPD

Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC8) delegates can now access exclusive accredited CPD provided by platinum sponsors Novartis, Alcon and Menicon. The independent learning CPD supplied by the platinum sponsors can be accessed in the recently launched SCC8 app and is accredited for up to 6 Australian CPD points and up to 3 New Zealand general CPD credits. This is in addition to...

SDC3: All about the customer

The customer and how to meet their changing visual needs was front and centre at the third Specsavers Dispensing Conference (SDC3). SDC3 took place as a series of one-day events from 4 to 9 August across four Australian cities: Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. The events attracted a combined total of almost 400 attendees, including both Specsavers and non-Specsavers...

Cert IV graduates celebrate at SDC3

A number of Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing (Cert IV) students concluded a day of dispensing professional development with a celebration of their educational achievement. At the conclusion of the Specsavers Dispensing Conference held in Victoria and Queensland in August, representatives from RMIT acknowledged the hard work of their 34 newest Specsavers graduates for the Cert IV qualification, several of...

Specsavers extends ADONZ Conference sponsorship to Cert IV students

Specsavers will again be sponsoring the Association of Dispensing Opticians of New Zealand’s (ADONZ) annual conference in November, and is offering a number of Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing (Cert IV) students financial assistance to attend. Continuing its support of the ongoing development of optical dispensers in New Zealand, Specsavers will once again be working closely with ADONZ as a...

Optometry case study: Paracentral acute middle maculopathy

By Bernard Sakran, Specsavers Elanora, QLD History Px: 47-year-old male Reason for visit: Had noticed 2 ‘grey small spots’ in RE vision which started 3 days prior to presentation. Reported experiencing some levels of stress recently. GH: Medicated for hypertension, but otherwise generally healthy POH: No ocular issues, SV since 2014 for distance, mild astigmatic myopia FOH: No relevant issues Clinical Assessment Anterior segments: Normal Pupils: Normal BCVA: RE:...

OLEEP contributes to uncovering of undiagnosed glaucoma cohort

Patients are being referred for glaucoma at a rate consistent with national prevalence data from Specsavers stores that have been involved in RANZCO and Specsavers’ jointly facilitated Ophthalmologist Local Education and Engagement Program (OLEEP), according to the latest data. OLEEP continues to be rolled out across Australia and New Zealand, with a total of 15 sessions attended by 150 optometrists...

Last chance to secure your place at SCC8

There are only a few weeks left to register for the eighth Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC8), which has been accredited for up to 35 Australian CPD points and up to 11.3 New Zealand CPD credits. This year’s SCC will take place from 7 to 8 September 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and will involve two full days...

Clinical imaging: OCT clinical indicators for functional testing – Case #10

With a focus on diagnosis of eye disease, particularly glaucoma, the following clinical images demonstrate the importance of performing appropriate functional testing when it is clinically indicated in structural assessment. Case #10 Case supplied by Vincent Meehan, Specsavers Townsville Castletown, QLD Px: 79-year-old female IOPs: RE 16mmHg and LE 12mmHg OCT widefield reports: Consider the structural information provided in the OCT scans above: What’s normal? ...

Optometry case study: Coats’ disease

By Sam Schneider, Specsavers Mandurah, WA History Px: 9-year-old white male Reason for visit: Troubles while reading GH: Normal, no medications POH: Nil, prior visit 3 years prior unremarkable (Figure 2) FOH: Nil Clinical Assessment Unaided VA: R: 6/6-3        L: 6/6-2 Unaided phorias: Distance: Ortho; Near: 5XP BCVA: R: Pl/-0.25x175, 6/6        L: Pl/-0.50x175, 6/6 Pupils: PERRLA, normal reflex Ocular health: Anterior: Normal as seen, quiet A/C Vitreous: Unremarkable Posterior: RE unremarkable; LE diffuse exudates,...