Recorded lecture: Live session 20 May

Did you miss the live session of 20 May, about the new hygiene and infection control guidelines in optometry? No worries: you can now watch the 45-minute lecture here!

In this session, Trine Johnsen and Svein Tindlund discussed the hygiene and infection control policy, and how they believe optometry stores should work to limit the risk of infection. They’ve also explained how to implement the use of personal protection equipment, like face masks, visors and gloves.

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Questions & Answers
Here are the questions that we couldn’t answer during the sessions, or that were asked afterwards. If you have any more questions – feel free to leave them in the comments, and we’ll answer them shortly.

When you put the gloves on, should you touch the first glove with your second hand?
You can see a step-by-step guide on how to put on gloves in the image (source: WHO) below. As long as you have performed hand hygiene, your hands and gloves are considered to be clean, until you touch something else.

Should we fit contact lenses for the patients now?
Yes, you can fit contact lenses now. We’re working on a learning module on contact lenses at the moment – we’ll publish that as soon as it’s done.

Are the guidelines the same for optometrists within the risk groups of developing the more severe disease?
The most important guide for us when writing the PPE policy was to make sure both customers and staff are safe. No one should get the disease from visiting or working in our stores. So yes, these guidelines should also protect staff that are at risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease.

Is it necessary to use a face mask/shield when using a slit lamp with a big breathing shield, or is the shield itself enough?
The shield is considered to be enough. But, as soon as you get on the side of the shield, and get closer than 1 meter, you need a facemask or a face shield.

About Trine Johnsen

Trine Johnsen is a trained optometrist and obtained a master’s degree in optometry from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She ran her own locum business for five years which gave her extensive experience in optometry stores across Norway. Trine has also worked with the University of Oslo, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, and the University of Valencia, looking at the effects of antioxidants on ocular inflammation. After joining Specsavers in 2009, she established the Professional L&D Department in the Nordic countries, and the Specsavers Academy in Norway. Currently, Trine leads the Professional Advancement team in Northern Europe to build the professional reputation of Specsavers in particular, and the optometry industry in general, to ensure that customers throughout the region get high-quality eye care. Besides this, she is the current President of Synsinformasjon, the Norwegian Optometry organisation, and serves as a Board Member for the Optometry Association.

About Svein Tindlund

Svein Tindlund graduated as an optometrist from the University of South-Eastern Norway in 1995. He worked as an optical engineer until he obtained his master’s degree in clinical optometry and eye diseases from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in the United States. After this, he moved to the world of medical eye care, specialising in excimer lasers and cataracts. In 2007, Svein was part of the group that started Memira AS, a chain with 48 clinics for refractive eye care in the Nordics. He held several roles at Memira in the following ten years: from surgery assistant to quality manager, and in parallel as an optometrist and clinician. In 2017, he became Optometry Director at Specsavers for the northern-European region (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands). Svein’s main professional interest is shared care between optometrists and general practitioners, patient communication and presbyopic contact lenses.

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