Ophthalmic director, Andy Britton, and optometrist, Sean Phillips, both from the Specsavers store in Haverfordwest, have completed a Professional Certificate in glaucoma.
This qualification provides a higher level of training on the detection of glaucoma and allows them to manage people who are at a higher risk of developing glaucoma or ocular hypertension. This allows these patients to be effectively managed in the community freeing up valuable clinical resource in the hospital.
Mr Britton and Mr Phillip’s achievement has been complemented by the additional training completed by 18 members of staff at the store, who are now able to advise patients on how to effectively administer eye drops, which are crucial for managing the condition.
The training, which was held in conjunction with the International Glaucoma Association is being rolled out across Specsavers stores nationwide and complements the skills already held by Specsavers’ optometrists, who have collectively completed almost 5,000 postgraduate glaucoma accreditations since 2017 through a variety of accrediting bodies, such as Cardiff University and the College of Optometrists.
Going the extra mile
Andy Britton, store director at Specsavers Haverfordwest, says: ‘We are very proud to be involved in supporting the International Glaucoma Association and being able to better support our customers with the condition is a really positive development for our store.
‘Our store is such a big part of the community and it is really important to us that we can provide the very best service to our customers and support someone with the condition in the most effective way possible.’