By Kirsten Matthews
Flinders optometry student
As final year students, we are fortunate to be involved in the annual Flinders University Evidence Based Optometry Conference (EBOC).
Our role is to present the evidence linked to ambiguous and thought-provoking topics, such as the use of the water-drinking test as a replacement for phasing in glaucoma patient management, or whether people gain normal contrast vision after refractive surgery.
The third EBOC was held in mid-July. Twelve topics were presented in the style of a newsreader, with a robust discussion among the audience members afterwards.
I was involved in presenting two topics during the conference: whether fundus photography is adequate for the assessment of diabetic retinopathy, and the evidence for prescribing tinted lenses for dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
Topics may arise from our Masters research projects and discussions during our post-placement debrief weeks.
The conference was a wonderful opportunity to delve deeply into the evidence associated with our profession and listen to our future colleagues critically appraise the literature and discuss the hard-hitting questions.
Forming management plans for my patients based on the current evidence gives me reassurance that I will be providing them with the best care.
Kirsten Matthews (L) and Jessamy Bound