Orthoptics Abroad: Studying London Eyes
As part of the UTS Master of Orthoptics, students have the opportunity to undertake placements overseas in cities like London and Boston, as well as locations across Australia. Current students Joanne and Sangeetha travelled to London last year to work at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Joanne shared her experience in a recent chat with student mag OrthoTalk.
In July 2017, Sangeetha and I had the opportunity to complete our block placement at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London). The experience was really exciting, fulfilling and a lot of fun. We had the opportunity to learn from experienced orthoptists and hone our skills in an overseas location.
Right from the start of the placement, we were exposed to a variety of eye conditions in both adults and children. Many of these conditions were binocular vision issues and neurological ocular disorders.
In the placement, we were able to gain a whole range of new experiences. It gave us a better grasp of our previous knowledge picked up from past placements too. It was a challenging experience, with many instances where we had to perform a complete assessment of children and adults of various ages and cultural backgrounds.
The Moorfields staff were friendly and supportive throughout our tenure. We were provided feedback on the patients we assessed, which helped us to greatly improve our skills.
Our placement at Moorfields was a great immersive experience. Our ability to conduct ocular motility assessments and prism bar cover tests while being engaged with children, has improved significantly. We were also able to adopt more efficient methods that worked best for us when performing work-ups or diagnostic tests on children. During our last week of placement, we were given a task that challenged us to brush up on our knowledge and really understand the purpose of testing, differential diagnosis and management options.
The best thing about the placement was getting the opportunity to monitor patients from the time of admittance to discharge. We were incorporated into management processes as well, which included attachments of prisms, patches, and even discussing the possibility of Botox or surgery in certain cases.
Overall, the experience was invaluable for us, challenging our knowledge on aspects of Orthoptics like strabismus, paediatrics and ocular motility testing. I would highly recommend this placement experience for any current UTS Orthoptics students particularly interested in these areas.
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