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The Pharmacy Learning Centre is your dedicated learning resource on the treatment,
and management of eye conditions in pharmacy.
Brought to you by The Pharmaceutical Journal in partnership with RB, the manufacturers of Optrex.

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How to prevent common eye problemsSubscription

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It is increasingly recognised that many modifiable lifestyle factors contribute to sight loss.

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Pharmacy Technician's Guide - Dry eye disease: pathophysiology and risk factors

If a patient enters the pharmacy with eye symptoms, there are several questions pharmacy staff can ask to help find out whether their symptoms may be related to dry eye disease.

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Computer vision syndrome: causes, symptoms and management in the pharmacy

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Computer vision syndrome is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and mobile phone use. Patients may present to pharmacies complaining of eye discomfort and vision problems, so pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be able to distinguish the factors involved for particular patients

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Chronic open-angle glaucoma: case study

Understand how to advise on chronic-open angle glaucoma, a condition in which intraocular pressure can permanently damage the optic nerve and nerve fibre, leading to blindness if left untreated.

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    Omega-3 supplements do not improve dry eye symptoms, study findsSubscription

    There is no evidence for the benefit of omega-3 acid supplementation in treating symptoms of dry eye disease, a study has shown.

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    Ketamine provides short term relief from chronic migraineSubscription

    A retrospective study showed that ketamine infusions improved short-term analgesia for refractory headaches

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    Evidence-based understanding of dry eye disease in pharmacy: overview of the TFOS DEWS II report

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    July 2017 saw publication of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society International Dry Eye Workshop report, an update to the 2007 report that became the reference for clinicians, researchers and industry on dry eye. Pharmacy is a frequent point of contact for patients with a dry eye condition. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should therefore be aware of its changing definiton, causes, diagnosis and management.

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    Setting up a pharmacy provider company to win tenders for new services


    With public health bodies and clinical commissioning groups now seeking single organisations to manage local services, Steve Hemsley examines the benefits for community pharmacists and pharmacies when creating pharmacy provider companies to tender for new services, as well as the risks and challenges posed by this new approach. 

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    How pharmacists can boost sales of over-the-counter medicines


    Joanna Mills, consumer and influencer insight manager at specialist over-the-counter pharmaceutical company Perrigo, uses examples from Warman-Freed pharmacy in London to explain how pharmacists can increase their sales of non-prescription products.

    Promoting self care to reduce unnecessary GP visits


    Healthcare is changing dramatically and so are the needs of our patients. As such, GPs and our teams are changing the ways in which we are working, but we also need our patients to play their part.

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      Focus on Dry eye

      People visit pharmacies to seek advice on everything from hay fever to stomach bugs and sprained wrists. While it is known that people also ask their pharmacist about dry eye, we know little about the frequency of such complaints or how knowledgeable pharmacists are in providing quality care, since they receive little formal training on the condition.

      A pharmacy technician's guide to managing dry eye

      Dry eye disease is one of the most common chronic conditions, and is estimated to affect between 1 in 20 and 1 in 3 people. A guide produced by the Pharmaceutical Journal in association with Optrex.

      Eye Health UK

      Helping Britain see better

      Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes – National Eye Health Week aims to change all that!

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