College of Optometrists

College of Optometrists

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Welcome to the College of Optometrists’ new series of optometry podcasts. Our very own ex-hospital radio DJ (and Head of Research), Martin Cordiner, will be taking you through an optometric journey, covering topics such as the latest in eye health research and patient experiences.


The eyes and lows of lockdown (Part 2): Taking care of your practice
May 22 • 17 min
College Council member and optometrist Dr Parth Shah MCOptom continues his podcast takeover with part two of ‘The Eyes and lows of lockdown’. In this episode, he talks to Ophthalmic Director and independent prescriber, Maninder Gudray MCOptom Dip TP(IP).…
WebinarXtra: Glaucoma case presentations - from core skills to diploma with Angela Whitaker MCOptom
May 21 • 34 min
Daniel catches up with Angela Whitaker MCOptom following her webinar where she presented case studies from glaucoma clinical practice patients who have been diagnosed and managed by optometrists. Find out why patients’ increasing risk of sight loss…
The eyes and lows of lockdown (Part 1): Taking care of yourself
May 15 • 24 min
The COVID-19 lockdown seems to have given some people the opportunity to try their hand at new things. College Council member and optometrist Dr Parth Shah MCOptom has taken over our podcasts (temporarily, Parth!) and has produced a short series of three…
WebinarXtra: How to recognise diabetic retinopathy and manage your patients with Kate Powell MCOptom
May 6 • 29 min
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Daniel talks to Kate Powell MCOptom, who answers questions from her recent webinar on diabetic retinopathy. The webinar was designed to help optometrists build their confidence in recognising the features of diabetic…
The battle to save my only eye
Apr 27 • 61 min
Professor Bernard Gilmartin FCOptom has very severe macular degeneration which has resulted in a dramatic loss of vision in one eye and threatens the vision in his other. He has undergone a prolonged and challenging battle that has involved extensive…
Blazing the trail for women in vision science
Apr 10 • 35 min
A little later than planned, this month we talk to the inspirational Professor Shahina Pardhan - the first female Professor of Optometry in the UK. Professor Pardhan talks to Martin and guest host, Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, about her experience, the…
OiP: The use of OCT in the detection and diagnosis of glaucoma with Dr Jonathan Denniss MCOptom
Feb 28 • 11 min
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, talks to Dr Jonathan Denniss MCOptom, one of the authors of a recent paper on the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the detection and diagnosis of glaucoma. Jonathan…
Back and to the future of eyewear trends
Feb 21 • 71 min
This month we look at a different aspect of optometry - eyewear trends through the ages. Following on from London Fashion week, Neil Handley, Curator of the College Museum, discusses the history of spectacles with Daniel, exploring their unique status as…
WebinarXtra: Orthoptics for the busy optometrist with Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom
Feb 14 • 36 min
In this episode of WebinarXtra, Professor Bruce Evans FCOptom replies to the member questions there wasn’t enough time to answer during his recent webinar. The webinar covered diagnosis of binocular vision anomalies, how to identify and investigate…
Treating eye disease with gene therapy with Jasleen Jolly MCOptom
Jan 17 • 42 min
In the first episode of 2020, Martin and Daniel introduce Jasleen Kaur Jolly MCOptom, optometrist and researcher working at the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Wellcome Integrative Neuroimaging centre, University of Oxford, and Oxford Eye…
WebinarXtra: Glaucoma - piecing together the puzzle with Adam Wannell MCOptom
Dec 23, 2019 • 38 min
WebinarXtra answers all those member questions we didn’t have time to cover during our popular webinars. In this episode, Daniel talks to Adam Wannell MCOptom about glaucoma decision making. You can watch the webinar on the College’s member learning area:…
OiP: Keratoconus and cross-linking with Dr Vijay Anand MCOptom
Dec 20, 2019 • 9 min
In November we published a hospital optometry special issue of Optometry in Practice (OiP) to coincide with the AOP Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference. The College’s Director of Research, Michael Bowen, went along to the conference to talk to one of…
WebinarXtra: Interpreting OCT scans with Polly Dulley MCOptom
Dec 17, 2019 • 26 min
In her recent webinar (https://learning.college-optometrists.org/course/view.php?id=213), Polly Dully MCOptom advised members on how to interpret OCT results of several patients with common ocular pathologies, and how to differentiate normal from…
Living with AMD
Dec 9, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, Daniel talks to Jane Johns, a retired health visitor living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and Vanessa Camp, a Senior Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at York Hospital Trust. Jane talks candidly about her own experiences from…
WebinarXtra: Myopia management with Dr Nicola Logan MCOptom
Nov 28, 2019 • 30 min
New to our podcast, Daniel and Martin bring you WebinarXtra, where we answer all those member questions we didn’t have time to answer during our webinars. This time, we’re talking to Dr Nicola Logan MCOptom about myopia management. You can watch a…
OiP: Myopia management with soft contact lenses
Nov 21, 2019 • 12 min
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, talks to Dr Susie Jones MCOptom, about her recent paper on ‘Myopia management with soft contact lenses’. This episode includes Dr Jones’ top tips for optometrists thinking about…
Orthoptics and optometry - spot the difference
Nov 14, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode of The College of Optometrists’ podcast, Daniel talks to Simon Frackiewicz MCOptom who works as an optometrist and orthoptist both in a hospital setting and private practice. Simon regularly delivers lectures and workshops to optometrists…
Can genetic testing predict myopia?
Oct 6, 2019 • 33 min
Genetic, or genomic testing, seems to be available for diagnosing a wide range of health conditions, but what if we could use the same method to predict myopia? Martin and Daniel introduce the latest episode in which Martin talks to Director of Research…
My optometrist saved my sight
Sep 23, 2019 • 33 min
When College Member, John Campbell MCOptom, set off for work two years ago, he had no idea how the day would unfold. Faced with a member of the public who had just been the victim of a chemical attack, John describes the horrific injuries and the steps he…
Bonus: Through the eyes of an artist
Sep 2, 2019 • 18 min
Martin introduces this special bonus podcast, in which our museum curator, Neil Handley, interviews the College’s artist in residence for 2019, Iluá Hauck da Silva. Iluá talks about the inspiration for her work, including growing up a medical household…
The myopia epidemic
Aug 27, 2019 • 53 min
Martin and Daniel bring you another College podcast, in which Martin talks to Professor Chris Hammond, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Kings College London and St Thomas’ hospital, and Professor Kathryn Saunders FCOptom, Professor of Optometry and Vision…
OiP: Managing ocular allergy in optometric practice
Aug 12, 2019 • 13 min
Optometry in Practice (OiP) Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leon Davies FCOptom, interviews Dr Paramdeep Singh Bilkhu MCOptom about his recent paper on managing ocular allergies in optometric practice. Find out why allergic conjunctivitis is likely to be…
It’s a hard knock hospital life with Patrick Gunn
Aug 5, 2019 • 33 min
Martin Cordiner, Head of Research, and Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, Clinical Adviser talk all things referral in this month’s College of Optometrists podcast. Martin speaks to Patrick “Paddy” Gunn, Principal Optometrist for Education and Training at The…
The London Project to Cure Blindness with Professor Pete Coffey
Jun 17, 2019 • 27 min
Martin Cordiner, Head of Research, and Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, Clinical Adviser host this month’s College of Optometrists podcast. Martin talks to Professor Pete Coffey about the ‘London Project to cure Blindness’. Find out about the team’s journey to…
Pilot: AMD through the patient’s eyes with Dr Deanna Taylor MCOptom
Oct 15, 2018 • 38 min
Martin Cordiner, Head of Research, and Daniel Hardiman-McCartney FCOptom, Clinical Adviser, talk to Dr Deanna Taylor MCOptom about her research looking at age-related macular degeneration (AMD) through patients’ eyes in The College of Optometrists’ pilot…