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What the Optometrist Saw

6 September 11

In the run up to their flagship event on Tuesday 13 September at the British Science Festival, the Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science are sharing te experience of one of their patients.

Despite going for regular eye examinations, Mrs Coates had no idea that she had an eye problem until a recent visit to the Eye Clinic at the University of Bradford. Her vision was unaffected but examination of the back of her right eye suggested a problem might exist. It was only when the back of her eye was examined using an Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) that the cause was discovered. What the Optometrist Saw

The OCT is able to image through the individual layers at the back of the eye, and the School's clinicians found a ‘macular pucker' – a tiny wrinkle in the light sensitive layer at the back of the eye, affecting the very central part of her retina, the area responsible for activities such as reading or driving.

As a result of this diagnosis she was quickly referred to the Bradford Royal Infirmary, and remains under regular review with the clinicians at the University Eye Clinic. It is hoped that the condition will remain stable and she will not require any surgical intervention but if it does change, the Eye Clinic optometrists will be able to spot it immediately using the OCT.

As part of the British Science Festival, the Eye Clinic is hosting a workshop on Tuesday 13th September entitled ‘What the Optometrist Saw'. This will allow interested members of the public to try out the latest imaging equipment and even take home a picture of the back of their own eye. It is hoped this will raise awareness of the facilities available to the public, and lead to earlier identification and intervention in people's eye health.
Instruments like the OCT enable Optometrists to take on a greater role in identifying and managing eye conditions that would otherwise require visits to the hospital. It also means a wider range of sight threatening eye problems can be detected at an early stage when medical or surgical treatment is much more effective.

Dr Catharine Chisholm, Lecturer at the Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Sciences said: "What's great about this event is that it's hands-on; people can come along, have a go and look at parts of their eye they will never have seen before! We're excited about introducing people to the wide range of sophisticated imaging equipment our students' access in order to ensure they are familiar with the latest advances in vision science.” Please visit the British Science Festival website to book your place”

6 September 11

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