In conjunction with the 100 hour TPA didactic hours many students find a refresh on their clinical skills helpful. Utilizing the Slit Lamp to the greatest advantage and then with it, effective use of the Gonio lens and 90 or 78 fundus lens and Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy will be covered. The format will split the time between Slit Lamp related activities and the BIO. The Monday morning workshop with patients starts with only a brief instruction as iBook’s on the topics will provided and it will be the student’s responsibility to review. After a short demonstration hands-on practice with patient subjects provided will be in the NSUCO Methods lab.
Students will work first on basic slit lamp skills, Goldman Tonometry and then gonioscopy and fundus lens. A portion of the patients will be dilated for the fundus lens. The work shop will provide a variety of all lenses so the student can experience the benefits of different ones. The three mirror gonio lens can also be used in examination of the retina, and that technique will be demonstrated.
If a student already owns a specific gonio or retinal lens we recommend that they bring it so coaching with that one can be provided. After teaching 100’s of students in these techniques our faculty will be able to identify “rookie errors” and coach the students for success.
INCLUDED in this workshop, Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy, it is another integral skill set for the 21st century Optometrist. Enough patients will be provided that it will enhance your practice time. The workshop will be a small enough group you will receive individual coaching and may spend your time where it will be most beneficial.
All of these procedures need to be practiced to have proficiency in them. We will have BIO’s and lenses for the workshop use but recommend that you bring yours should you already have one. Our experience is that everyone comes to TPA with a slightly different background and skill set. Since Dr. Crandall also learned all of these techniques post-graduation she knows what it takes to integrate them into your current practice. The NSUCO faculty also know what it takes to pass part III of the NBEO and if that is a skill you need to do please let us know so we can address that issue in the workshop.