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Use of membrane prisms: The missing gap in our Ophthalmic Prescriptions and Low Vision Aids.
Use of Membrane Optics in the Refractive Management of the Aged
Gender issues in the management of refractive errors and binocularity disorders in developing countries: focus on female population.
AGE CONSIDERATION IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PRESBYOPIA: THE GENDER ISSUE
Teleoptometry : The inevitable tool for the actualization of vision 2020 target in Nigeria
Optometric Management of Binocular Disorders: The current Philosophy
The dual Impact of modern Technology to Optometric practice
The clinical implication of deviating from Optometric Standards
Social Media and Networks: Possible Drive Engines for Teleoptometry and e-optometry in developing countries
RECENT ADVANCES IN DIAGNOSTIC OPTOMETRY: THE OUTLOOK
Optometric practice involves clinical, academic, research, advocacy and humanitarian/community services. The research activity involves a systematic process of gathering and analyzing data with a view to generating meaningful report(s) to solving a given optometric problem. The data generated by optometrists on daily basis are quite enormous to support various levels of research endeavors. These data could be extracted, processed, analyzed and transformed into meaningful information through the vehicle of Information Communication Technology (ICT). This paper looks at various aspects of optometric activities with a focus on Research, the opportunities offered by ICT and how ICT could advance research activities in optometry. The various ICT methods of data capture from optometric devices, patient’s medical files and audio-visual recordings were considered. Also the benefits of ICT support in executing the major phases of optometric research processes such as study hypothesis, literature review, materials and instrumentation, data analysis, referencing, etc, were considered in details. Introduction of ICT into optometric research processes could yield quick return on investment. Since adaptation implies survival of the fittest and ICT is the language of modern age, for optometry to assert its relevance in modern time and into the next century, it is recommended that every optometrist should adopt and apply ICT techniques, especially in research activities.
Visual acuity is an invaluable indicator in most eye conditions. Despite being necessary as a medico-legal and ethical requirement for documenting the patient’s state of vision at both entrance and exit point in the patient’s management cycle, it is quite inevitable in refinement of subjective refraction. Its usefulness in monitoring the progression or regression of most eye conditions cannot simply be over-emphasized. This paper has attempted to consider the unfortunate situation where this an all important aspect of optometry has become neglected and relegated to the background in terms of method of measurement and instrumentation. Furthermore, it observed that even the Visual Acuity charts used in some eye clinics are substandard and mal-calibrated. Finally, a review of the old, the present and the future methods of visual acuity assessment was done with a design to expose what awaits every optometrist in the nearest future. In conclusion, the paper posited that in the face of various emerging technologies as regards to the art and science of visual acuity assessment, every optometrist should device an effective way of delivering this service with a rich suffuse of local content value.