The majority of blindness and vision impairment can be avoided by good eye and vision care and in many regions optometrists are the primary providers of this service. OCULUS is a consortium of educators from optometry schools in Europe (Norway, UK, Spain and the Netherlands) and beyond with a three-pillar strategy to reform optometric education in Israel and India and harmonise it with European standards.
Three key areas are believed to be fundamental to addressing preventable irreversible sight loss in Europe: research and development, early case finding and diagnosis, and access to treatment and services.
How is Europe faring on these topics, and what more needs to be done?
We are pleased to bring you the latest edition of the ECOO Newsletter! In this issue, we look at what is on the EU agenda in terms of upcoming relevant legislation, and we also share an overview of a recent event organized in the European Parliament on preventable blindness and vision impairment. We also hear from our colleagues at the EAOO and the WCO. Finally, “Brexit means Brexit”, but what might the consequences be for optometry and optics?
The European Diploma in Optometry was developed to ensure a uniformly high standard of education and practice across the EU, with a view to support the free movement of optometrists in Europe. Interested universities and schools can benchmark their programme against the Diploma, with a number of institutions having successfully gained full accreditation.
In this video, we hear about the objectives of the European Diploma, the value it brings to students and universities across Europe, and future ambitions.