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Experiencing a different side of Fiji: Bridget Field

In June 2019, Bridget Field, a graduate optometrist at Specsavers Mount Maunganui in New Zealand, spent nine days participating in an outreach in Fiji facilitated by The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand and supported by Specsavers. Here, Bridget provides a snapshot of life in Fiji that most tourists who visit the holiday destination are not aware of. When you think...

Life after Cert IV: professional development for optical dispensers

So you’ve completed Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing. What next? While completion of the qualification is a considerable accomplishment, it by no means signals the end of an optical dispensers’ professional development journey. ProFile looks at the wide array of professional development options available to both qualified and non-qualified dispensers to help them extend their skills and knowledge, better...

Optometry case study: Prescription recheck revealing partial third nerve palsy

By Chelsea Lane, Specsavers Geelong, VIC History Px: 31-year old female Reason for visit: Prescription recheck. Three weeks prior to most recent presentation, patient collected single vision spectacles after full eye examination and had since begun noticing vague double vision. GH: New mother. Sleep deprived, but otherwise healthy. POH / FOH: Nil. Full routine eye examination undertaken three weeks prior found no significant pathology. Clinical...

Optometry case study: Nodular episcleritis

By Tyson Xu, Specsavers Nowra, NSW History Px: 44-year-old Caucasian female Reason for visit: Foreign body sensation, irritation and redness in RE upon waking the day prior to presentation. Slightly watery but no discharge. Saw GP, who recommended an eye test for definitive diagnosis. No treatment was given. GH: Nil Meds: Nil POH: Nil FOH: Nil Clinical Assessment Unaided VA: R 6/6           L 6/6 Pupils: PERRL and no RAPD Motility: Full and smooth Confrontation fields: R Full          L Full IOP: R...

Optometry – more than improving vision: Patrycja Zelazny

Each year, Specsavers sponsors a selection of graduate and senior optometrists to participate in an outreach where they can see and experience first-hand the work of Specsavers’ national charity partner, The Fred Hollows Foundation. Patrycja Zelazny, a graduate optometrist at Specsavers Taylors Lakes in Victoria, participated in one such outreach at the Pacific Eye Institute in Suva, Fiji from...

Specsavers Partnership: Leading commercially and coaching with Pathway Module Three

Jerome Vongsaphay, Optometrist at Specsavers Nowra Central in New South Wales, discusses the lessons he learned during the third module of Pathway, Specsavers’ partnership development program, on leading commercial success and coaching teams. The first part of the ‘Leading Commercially and Coaching Styles’ module focussed on understanding how to drive positive commercial outcomes within a Specsavers store. One of the...

Dispensing case study: Lens selection and the ‘jack-in-the-box’ effect

By Jamin Krine, Specsavers Strathpine, QLD Background Px: 63-year-old retired male New patient Was wearing 22mm round-seg bifocal blended lenticular with multicoating Is aphakic (has no crystalline lens) due to congenital cataracts Had never had sunglasses before but really wanted them Stated that he would only accept a round segment bifocal. He had ventured away from them previously as he was...

SCC8 Sunday speakers unveiled

Diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and ocular oncology are among the topics that will be covered in the Specsavers Clinical Conference’s (SCC8) Sunday program, with a special international guest visiting to share how a nationwide screening program virtually eliminated avoidable blindness from diabetes in England. SCC8 will be held from 7 to 8 September 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre...

Clinical imaging: OCT clinical indicators for functional testing – Case #8

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.

Lens lectures round out SDC3 program

The final two speakers in the Specsavers Dispensing Conference (SDC3) program have been revealed to be representatives of two major lens manufacturers. SDC3 will be held as a one-day, roadshow-style conference in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney from 4 to 9 August 2019, with presentations from six speakers. One of these speakers will be Sofia Fazal, Professional Services Manager for Carl...