A very warm welcome to optography. In this session, I will mainly discuss about the current scenario of clinical optometry among students.
As far as my experience goes in academics as an assistant professor with students and clinical professionals, it is quite unfortunate to tell you that only 20% had appropriate knowledge of clinical optometry, especially young optometrist. A lot of them were not aware of the correct procedures or the interpretation of the reports even though they are working in a clinical background. Those who knew were not keen to follow it due to a lack of knowledge about the disease and practical exposure.
Nowadays, the optometrists working in the clinical environment are primarily concerned with the technical procedures and not at all interested in the interpretation.
With the help of optography, my motto is to assist you in the optometric procedure (when, how, what, and why to do?).
Whenever we interact with a patient, special attention should be paid because if we skip something or miss a few things mentioned by the patient, we might end up with the wrong diagnosis and eventually wrong treatment. This is also another aspect of clinical optometry in which we are lacking.
Clinical optometry is a field that is left untouched and demands more research advancements. With the help of this platform, let us aim to make ourselves strong in the areas where we are lacking.
Please mention the topics in which you want to excel in Clinical Optometry in the comment box below, and I will try to enlighten you all in my next article.