Welcome back after what I hope was a healthy end of year break for you all. We kick off the new year with the final, up to date and complete table of ocular lubricants.

You may recall we ran a preliminary version last autumn but now all the results are in, feel free to refer to this when assessing and then recommending management for your dry eye patients. The great range of significantly different formulations serves as a reminder for all of us that there has never been a simple one drop solution for such a common range of diseases described as ‘dry eye’.

As 2018 is the last in a three-year CET cycle, we aim to cover the remaining CET competencies yet to be published and so topics for a greater focus will include low vision, communication and treatment of eye disease.

We will be continuing our bimonthly series on paediatric optometry in liaison with Great Ormond Street Hospital, and will, after a brief hiatus, bring back our monthly interactive CET exercises. And even if CET points are not an essential for you, I hope you have enjoyed our publishing of case studies from reader’s own experiences as we will continue to highlight these in the coming months.

And finally… I thought it worth highlighting an excellent paper from Professor David Elliott in the November issue of OPO (free to College members, of course). Highlighting that coloured lenses to aid reading has a limited evidence base, to say the least, the paper addresses most eloquently the concern that, if some people benefit from a placebo effect, why deny them this? Elliott states, ‘The ethical issues involved in exploiting the placebo effect must be considered and certainly, clinicians should inform patients that improvements may be due to the placebo effect.’

I suggest it is worth reading the paper as coloured lenses and overlays achieve prominence this year.