Optometric Education

The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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Management of Intermittent Exotropia of the Divergence Excess Type: a Teaching Case Report

  Background Intermittent exotropia (IXT) is the most common form of childhood exotropia1, 2 with an incidence of 32.1 per 100,000 in children under 19 years of age.1 The strabismus is characterized by an exodeviation of one eye that is interspersed with periods of ocular alignment.3 Reliable measurement of the deviation is often hindered by […]
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Using Technology to Enhance Student Learning
and Clinical Teaching Outcomes

  The use of simulation and innovative technology to enhance teaching and clinical training is a common trend in higher education. Training using simulation has been reported in medical and allied health disciplines, but few publications exist in optometry. In this report, we present a teaching model implementing the 3D Eyesi Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope simulator […]
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Do Students Still Need to be
Proficient in Gathering Data?

Recently a student assigned to my clinical site commented that retinoscopy and keratometry were useless techniques to master. I was appalled and asked the student to explain the statement. The student said that in previous clinical experiences an autorefractor/keratometer was utilized to obtain a starting point for refraction, and that in the future most potential […]
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2nd World Congress of Optometry
Features Educators’ Track

The 2nd World Congress of Optometry will be held in Hyderabad, India, Sept. 11-13, 2017. Focused on the theme of “Accessible, Quality Vison and Eye Health,” this year’s biennial congress offers optometrists, vision scientists, educators, researchers, students and other visual health professionals a wide-ranging program including lectures and workshops in a variety of areas such […]
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Competency-based Assessment of Refractive Error Measurement in a Mozambique Optometry School

  Introduction The Mozambique Eyecare Project is a higher education partnership between the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI), the University of Ulster and Universidade Lúrio (UniLúrio), Nampula, for the development, implementation and evaluation of a model of optometry training at Unilúrio in Mozambique. The four-year optometry program was based […]
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The SIFD and the Three-Legged Stool

  Background The Summer Institute for Faculty Development (SIFD) is a biennial workshop hosted by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).1 It is designed to assist faculty members’ transition into the academic culture by increasing their awareness and understanding of the tools and resources available to them. In 2006 the SIFD, aka […]
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Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis Signaled by Bilateral Optic Disc Edema and Unilateral Pre-retinal Hemorrhage: a Teaching Case Report

  Background Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) is a rare, life-threatening condition. It has no age predilection and its presentation may be acute, sub-acute or chronic.1 Variability in the clinical manifestation of this disease often leads to the misdiagnosis of other neurological conditions such as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).2 Notwithstanding, a significant portion of patients […]
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Student Performance and Perceptions Following Incorporation of Eyesi Indirect Simulators into the Optometric Curriculum

  Background Virtual reality patient simulators are an appealing tool in education programs for medical professionals. Simulators provide an opportunity for increased training in risk-free environments, which may result in better patient outcomes as trainees transition from the laboratory to actual clinical care. With respect to surgical simulators utilized in ophthalmological training, virtual patient simulators […]
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