Paths to literacy: Harry Potter Theme-Based Learning

14 August 2018
Source: Paths to Literacy

Children with visual impairments and other disabilities benefit from concrete experience and a multi-sensory approach to literacy and learning. Theme-based learning is a particularly effective way to introduce multi-sensory experiences, using a theme that is of interest and motivating to the students. These videos present a Harry Potter theme, using materials and activities described in the popular series. In addition

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IAPB Vacancy: Campaign Manager for Our Children’s Vision (UK)

14 August 2018
Source: IAPB

Job: Campaign Manager for Our Children’s Vision – UK, Ireland and Northern Europe  Location: Based with Vision Aid Overseas, Crawley, West Sussex (with some home-working possible) Full-time, initial one-year contract (with probable extension to two) Competitive salary, some national and international travel required The Role Our Children’s Vision has been gaining momentum over the last few years, with the total

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Founding President of the College of Optometrists celebrates his centenary

14 August 2018
Source: College of Optometrists

On the 8th of August Dr Philip Cole OBE FCOptom, Founding President of the College of Optometrists, celebrated his 100th birthday. Dr Cole became a member of the British Optical Association in 1944, served on the College Council from 1980-1996, and worked as the College’s professional adviser from 1984-1995, and remains an esteemed member of the profession, and a College Fellow.

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BBC News: Artificial intelligence ‘did not miss a single urgent case’

13 August 2018
Source: BBC News

Artificial intelligence can diagnose eye disease as accurately as some leading experts, research suggests. A study by Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and the Google company DeepMind found that a machine could learn to read complex eye scans and detect more than 50 eye conditions. Doctors hope artificial intelligence could soon play a major role in helping to identify patients

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Office for National Statistics: Living longer – how our population is changing and why it matters

13 August 2018
Source: The Office for National Statistics

Overview of population ageing in the UK and some of the implications for the economy, public services, society and the individual. Statistics and projections produced by Office for National Statistics (ONS) have long shown that the UK’s population is ageing. Our latest projections show that in 50 years’ time, there are likely to be an additional 8.6 million people aged

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The Herald: Anger as opticians in Ayrshire told not to refer patients for second cataracts op to ease waiting times

10 August 2018

Patients in Ayrshire are being refused cataract surgery on a second eye under new restrictions designed to cut waiting times. Opticians are said to be frustrated over the move, which was described as a “false economy” by sight loss campaigners. It is understood that the new rules have been implemented to ease pressure on ophthalmology, amid a shortage of surgeons

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Optometry Today: The GOC looks ahead

10 August 2018
Source: Optometry Today

Keeping the big picture in mind is important for General Optical Council (GOC) chair, Gareth Hadley. The GOC’s task of completing the first review of optometry education in 35 years involves hundreds of hours of meetings and traversing a mountain of paperwork. Although there may be a tendency for some to get lost in mechanics, Mr Hadley believes it is

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Optometry Today: New glaucoma treatment trialled in Manchester

9 August 2018
Source: Optometry Today

The patients at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital are the first in the UK to trial the eyeWatch surgical implant. The eyeWatch is a new fully adjustable surgical implant that drains excess eye fluid that is caused by glaucoma. It is the first ever glaucoma device that enables post-operative flow adjustment in the clinic. The eyeWatch, which is manufactured by Rheon

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The College of Optometrists and IGA research grant 2018

9 August 2018
Source: International Glaucoma Association

Closing date 5 October 2018   The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is pleased to announce a grants programme in collaboration with The College of Optometrists and is pleased to offer Research Awards up to the value of £25,000 in 2018. 1. The awards are normally awarded annually. 2. Grants must be taken up within 9 months, unless the grantee makes

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Fight for Sight: Research shows one in two Brits putting eye health at risk during sunny weather

8 August 2018
Source: Fight for Sight

Leading eye research charity Fight for Sight says that one in two people is putting their eye health at risk during sunny weather by not always wearing ultraviolet (UV) protective sunglasses to protect their eyes. A YouGov poll conducted on behalf of the charity in July 2018 has found that 54 percent of adults across Great Britain say that they

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