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Balance of power

In another of our occasional discussions on matters of clinical communication, Andy Millington and Dr Helen Court describe how information flow is influenced by the balance of power between the participants in a clinical interaction

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Fair and objective

Bill Harvey takes a closer look at the new professional qualification process for optometrists

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Softening the blow

Optometrists frequently encounter situations in which they need to communicate 'bad news' to their patients. This may range from advising a newly presbyopic patient that they require spectacles, to explaining to a patient with early dry AMD that an updated prescription will not improve their near vision.

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It's Thursday so it must be London. As the first of the contact lens industry's 2009 roadshows came to the capital, Optician went along to hear the latest developments in presbyopic correction

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Stand up to your PCT

Yogesh Patel highlights new NHS legislation which, in his opinion, will put optical practitioners at a further disadvantage in their dealings with aggressive PCTs

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Building a better practice

CIBA Vision's Management and Business Academy (MBA) has reached its first anniversary. Optician reports from the latest event and speaks to past attendees about how it has changed their practices

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Advancing to a higher level

Dr Shehzad Naroo introduces Aston University's ophthalmic doctorate, describing it as a unique qualification to encourage eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge and critical awareness of current issues through taught and research elements

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Integrating theory with practice

Professional doctorates offer optometrists continuous professional development to the highest level. Dr Rishi Agarwal explains the establishment of a new programme in London

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Italian optometry

In the first of an occasional series on global developments in optometry, Dr Janet Voke looks at recent changes in optometry training in Italy which have implications for the future of the profession throughout Europe

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Professional fees

Martin Russ begins a seven-part series on pricing contact lenses and how to implement a fee-based pricing system in optical practices

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Wellcome to a real eye-opener

A visit to the new HQ of the Wellcome Trust led to the discovery of some ophthalmic gems from centuries past, writes David Baker

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A brighter outlook

This year's Specsavers PAC Conference was as varied and educative as ever. Nigel Best (clinical track), Michael Meller (dispensing track) and Ian Dunning (contact lens track) report

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Small is beautiful

Emma White concludes her series of reports on optometry courses at UK universities with a look at the opportunities on offer at Ulster

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Excellence and innovation

Emma White visits Aston University's school of optometry to hear why it believes it is one of the best environments for teaching and research