Learning About Visual Impairment

Michael Williams*, Kirsty Campbell, Angela O'Kane

*Corresponding author for this work

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Visual impairment (VI) is increasingly common. It is predicted that by 2050 the number of people with sight loss in the UK will double to over four million [1, 2]. It is therefore inevitable that doctors, whatever their area of medicine, will encounter patients and relatives with poor vision. Medical students are taught clinical ophthalmology, but not traditionally about low vision per se. This was addressed by the RNIB and Queen's University in two ways. Firstly a new teaching session was introduced for all medical students on 'Visual Impairment Awareness', now completed by over 1000 students. Secondly a 3-week in depth module on 'Living with Visual Impairment' was introduced, now completed by 46 students. This involved sessions such as the 'Dark Experience', as well as interviewing VI hosts.
This poster will showcase the sessions, and present data on the impact of the in depth module (the Social Responsibility about Blindness Scale (3) and exemplar quotations from stakeholders).
There is value in hospital optometrists being aware of pertinent training of their medical colleagues, not least to facilitate two-way sharing of good educational practices and ideas on low vision training between optometric and ophthalmic education providers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 08 Nov 2019
Event45th National Hospital Optometry Conference - Belfast
Duration: 08 Nov 201910 Nov 2019


Conference45th National Hospital Optometry Conference


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