What the Optometrist Saw!

“What the Optometrist Saw!” is organised by Dr Catharine Chisholm and Ms Annette Parkinson from the University of Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science. It is a hands-on event held at the University Eye Clinic that will give participants the opportunity to experience specialist imaging equipment, see inside their own eye, and have any questions answered.

The Eye Clinic makes use of a wide range of instruments that are not generally found in high street optometry practices. One example is the ‘Optomap’, a specialist camera that can take a photograph of the back of the eye right out to the edges of the retina (the inner layer of the eye that receives the light rays). Such technology allows the clinicians at the Eye Clinic to pick up retinal problems at an early stage. It is the only instrument of its kind in the Bradford area. Participants will also be able to have a go with imaging equipment that allows the individual layers of the retina to be visualised. They will be able to image the back of a friend’s eye and have a photograph of the inside of their own eye taken.

Dr Chisholm said: “What’s great about this event is that it’s hands-on; people can come along and have a go and look at parts of their eye they will never have seen before”.

Using a range of non-invasive equipment and talking to experts in the field, people will be able to gain a more detailed understanding of optometric eye care and what their optometrist sees during an eye examination.

The School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Bradford, operates a number of clinics, run by students and/or professionals, which are open to University staff, students, and the public. The Eye Clinic offers comprehensive eye examinations and contact lens fits, as well as serving as a teaching clinic for final year students. There are also specialist clinics, such as the Vision and Reading Difficulties Clinic, the Low Vision Clinic (for those whose vision is impaired and cannot be improved with spectacles), and the Advanced Clinical Assessment Clinic, all of which accept referrals from healthcare professionals or self-referral by patients. A wide range of research is undertaken within the School, for example, assessment of the effect of different forms of spectacle correction on mobility with the aim of reducing falls in the elderly, and examination of structural changes to the retina in those with a lazy eye.

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