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Eye to Eye Podcast

The College works in collaboration with the Ophthalmologists in Training Group to produce a bi-monthly podcast. The podcast features interviews with researchers on recent papers, analysis of the latest developments in ophthalmology and updates from the College.

Eye to Eye is hosted by ophthalmology trainee Sunil Mamtora and features ophthalmologists and other healthcare professionals sharing their knowledge from around the world.

Download and listen to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts, search RCOphth to find it!

Read about the launch of the pilot series here.

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Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: How to reduce the risk of endophthalmitis in patients attending for intravitreal injections

In this episode we speak with Quresh Mohamed, a Consultant Ophthalmologist from Cheltenham. We discuss his paper entitled, ‘Post-injection endophthalmitis rates with reduced povidone-iodine prophylaxis in patients with self-reported iodine sensitivity’.

 

Eye to Eye Podcast: How common is hypotony after deep sclerectomy?

In this episode we speak with Alessandro Rabiolo, a glaucoma fellow at Cheltenham General Hospital about his recent paper, ‘Hypotony-associated Complications after Deep Sclerectomy: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Long-Term Outcomes’. In addition to his paper, we discuss what exactly deep sclerectomy is, how it differs from trabeculectomy and how to treat hypotony.

 

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology – a conversation with Pearse Keane

In this episode we speak with Pearse Keane, a leader in AI within Ophthalmology and a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital. We talked about the differences between self-driving cars and Ophthalmology when it comes to machine learning. We took a deep dive into what the future might hold for the real world application of AI in our specialty and what the barriers might be.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: A day in the life of a high volume cataract surgeon with pearls for success from Neto Rosatelli

In this episode we speak with Neto Rosatelli, a cataract surgeon and YouTube channel host from Brazil. He shares his experiences in Ophthalmology, including his journey of becoming a high volume cataract surgeon and provides advice for junior ophthalmologists on how to develop surgical skills and efficiency. Neto will be speaking at the 2021 College Congress at the Ophthalmologists in Training Group (OTG).

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Are we under diagnosing glaucoma in patients with wet-AMD?

In this episode we speak with David Ramsey, an Ophthalmologist from the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beth Israel Lahey Health, in Massachusetts, USA. We talk about his recent paper, ‘Underdiagnosis of glaucoma in patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration’ and discuss whether there is a link between glaucoma and wet-AMD and why that may be.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: How technology is going to change surgical training in Ophthalmology as we know it

In this episode we speak with Abison Logeswaran, a Tool Digital Fellow and Registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital and George Saleh, a Consultant Ophthalmologist and the Director of Simulation Training at Moorfields Eye Hospital. We discuss technology, specifically immersive technologies including augmented and virtual reality and how these will shape the future of surgical training in our specialty.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: How to succeed in your CESR application
In this episode we speak with Mr Soupramanien Sandramouli, a consultant ophthalmologist in Wolverhampton and the previous CESR lead for the RCOphth. Mr Sandramouli shares his experiences and advice on how to succeed when preparing a CESR application and the common mistakes to be avoided.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: The Arclight Project – Frugal, Disruptive Eye Care Engineering

In this episode we speak with Andrew Blaikie, a Consultant Ophthalmologist who works with NHS Fife and a Senior Lecturer in Infection and Global Health at the University of St Andrews. We spoke about the journey his career has taken him on with regards to involvement in international Ophthalmology and humanitarian work and specifically about the work he has been involved with regarding the development of Arclight, a low cost direct ophthalmoscope used all over the world.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: The Future of Surgical Simulation in Ophthalmology
In this episode with speak with David Lockington, one of the newly appointed simulation leads at the college and Jennifer Hind, the trainee simulation lead for the West of Scotland. We speak about their experiences of setting up their own simulation lab in Glasgow, their perceptions on the importance of simulation training and what the future might hold in the world of simulated ocular surgery.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Specialty Recruitment Your Questions Answered
In this episode we speak with Sarah Maling, the lead for specialty recruitment. She provides an overview of what has changed for recruitment this year due to the pandemic and also answers questions that were submitted in advance of this podcast episode.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Personal Protective Equipment for Ophthalmic Surgery
In this episode, recorded prior to the most recent lockdown restrictions, we spoke with Aman Chandra, a Consultant Vitreoretinal surgeon about his experiences, dating from the beginning of the pandemic to now, about the use of PPE for ophthalmic surgery and whether vitrectomy/phacoemulsification truly is an aerosol generating procedure.

 

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Finding Calm Amongst the Chaos
In this episode we speak with Kavita Aggarwal, an Ophthalmology Trainee from Oxford. She talks about wellbeing, how to stay healthy during the latest lockdown and provides some top tips on how to avoid burnout.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: The NOTP – coming to a clinic near you
In this episode with speak with Melanie Hingorani, a Consultant Ophthalmologist from Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Clinical Lead for the National Outpatient Programme (NOTP) in Ophthalmology. We discuss the NOTP, why Ophthalmology has been chosen by NHS England to be the first specialty to take part in this programme and what it will mean for the future of the hospital eye service.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: The Indonesian Experience
In this episode we speak with Andy Pyott, a Consultant Ophthalmologist from Inverness. He shared with us his experience of becoming involved with international Ophthalmology and summarised his achievements in Indonesia where he has focussed most of his efforts. He also shared a collection of pearls for Ophthalmologists who want to be involved with Ophthalmology overseas.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: The past, present and future of myopia Management
In this episode with speak with Bhavin Shah, an Optometrist from North London with a special interest in myopia management. He provides an overview of the literature regarding existing and future treatments and provides a personal insight into how he manages patients in whom progressive myopia is suspected.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Cerebral Visual Impairment and Functional Visual Loss
Description: In this episode we have a conversation with Professor Gordon Dutton about Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) and Functional Visual Loss. Professor Dutton provides a step by step guide to managing patients with CVI and provides some invaluable pearls of wisdom for approaching patients with suspected functional visual deficits.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Herbal Remedies in Ophthalmology
In this episode we talk with Simerdip Kaur, an Ophthalmology trainee from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery. She provides an in-depth overview of the most commonly used herbal remedies in Ophthalmology and summarises the evidence behind the claims we often hear from patients.

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Is there a postcode lottery for oculoplastic procedures?
In this episode we speak with Samantha Hunt, an Ophthalmology registrar who works at the Bristol Eye Hospital. We discuss the topic of regional funding variations in Ophthalmology and hear about her paper which investigated the variations in policy from CCGs across the country with regards to how they fund oculoplastic procedures.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: Is there a postcode lottery for oculoplastic procedures?

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: BAME doctors in Ophthalmology
In this episode with speak with Mr. Saurabh Jain, a Consultant Ophthalmologist as well as the Training Programme Director for North London and the Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology for the Royal Free Hospital in London. We discuss his experience of coming to the UK, the level of diversity in Ophthalmology in the UK and what needs to be done to improve equality and diversity within our specialty and medicine in general.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · BAME doctors in ophthalmology

 

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: How to redesign a hospital eye service
In this episode we speak with Yu Jeat, an ST6 Trainee from the West-Midlands Deanery and Kate Silvester, a healthcare systems engineer on how to apply the principles of quality improvement to enact change in a hospital eye service. We discuss specific examples of changes that have been made in light of COVID-19.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: How to redesign a hospital eye service

 

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: The use of performance enhancing drugs in ophthalmic surgery
In this episode we talk to Marina Roizenblatt, a vitreoretinal surgeon from São Paulo, Brazil about her paper which investigated the effect of caffeine and propranolol on the surgical performance of vitreoretinal fellows using the EyeSi surgical simulator.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: The use of performance enhancing drugs in ophthalmic surgery

 

Eye to Eye Ophthalmology: The true impact of COVID-19 on Ophthalmologists in Training
In this episode we hear from Mariantonia Ferrara a Medical and Surgical Retina Fellow from Newcastle and Kerr Brogan, a Glaucoma Fellow from Glasgow, about the results from surveys that they conducted during the pandemic that investigated the impact of COVID-19 on Ophthalmologists in Training. Kirthi Varo, the Chair of the Ophthalmologists in Training Group (OTG) then shares with us an overview of the role of the OTG and its importance during these challenging times.

Series 1, Episode 8
In this episode we hear from Nimish Shah, the regional diabetic screening lead for Bath and North East Somerset. He talks to us about how COVID-19 affected the running of the diabetic screening service.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Series 1, Episode 7 – The impact of COVID 19 on the diabetic screening service

Series 1, Episode 7
In this episode we hear from Vidushi Golash, a trainee from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex deanery about her experiences of setting up and running virtual consultations for Oculoplastics patients.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Series 1, Episode 7 – Virtual Consultations for Oculoplastics

Series 1, Episode 6
In this episode we hear from Nada Burgess, a trainee from West-Midlands who shares her highly personal experience of suffering from PTSD following being deployed during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Series 1, Episode 6

 

Series 1, Episode 5
In this episode we spoke with Helen Devonport, a Consultant Ophthalmologist from Bradford who shared her experience of how the COVID-19 crisis affected her medical retina service and the steps taken to ensure patients were kept safe.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Series 1, Episode 5

Special Series: “The Congress that wasn’t’ – Episode 6
In this episode we bring you the remaining interviews from what would have been the ‘Everything you wanted to ask about keratoconus but were too afraid to ask’ at College Congress.
This episode features four interviews with leading clinicians. Firstly we spoke with Riccardo Vinciguerra about corneal biomechanics. We then spoke with Damian Lake about surgical advances in keratoconus. Trusit Dave then gave us an overview of the use of contact lenses in keratoconus. To conclude the session we spoke with Sunil Shah who amongst other topics provided an overview regarding the management of keratoconus in children.

 

Special Series: “The Congress that wasn’t’ – Episode 5
In the third episode we speak with Ankur Barua who would have chaired the session, ‘Everything you wanted to ask about keratoconus but were too afraid to ask’. Interviews with the other speakers from this symposium will be featured in the next episode of Eye to Eye. We then spoke briefly with three abstract holders about their work. Andrew Swampillai spoke about his paper, ‘Confidence of UK ophthalmic trainees in managing posterior capsular rupture: results from a national Trainee Clinical Research Network survey’. Rachel Healy spoke about her paper, ‘Ten-year outcomes in neovascular age-related macular degeneration, treated with anti-VEGF’.

Special Series: “The Congress that wasn’t’ – Episode 4

In this special series of episodes we cover content from the Congress that would have been.
In the fourth episode we speak with Mr. Mike Burdon, the current president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Mr. Bernie Chang, the incoming and newly elected president of our college.

 

Special Series: “The Congress that wasn’t’ – Episode 3

In this special series of episodes we cover content from the Congress that would have been. In the third episode we speak with Professor Uday Devgan, the founder of cataractcoach.com and renowned Ophthalmic educator. We discussed top tips for junior cataract surgeons and advice for maintaining your skills during extended periods without operating. We then spoke briefly with three abstract holders about their work. Chris Way spoke about his paper, ‘Technician assisted glaucoma virtual review and triage: The eradication a glaucoma pending list in a large district general hospital’. Nick Maycock spoke about his paper, ‘Real-world clinical effectiveness and safety of cyclosporine 0.1% eye drops in dry eye disease and severe keratitis: PERSPECTIVE Study 24-week interim analysis’.

 

Special Series: ‘The Congress that wasn’t’ – Episode 2

In this special series of episodes we cover content from the Congress that would have been. In the second episode Christina Rennie chairs her session entitled controversies in diabetic retinopathy. We then spoke briefly with three abstract holders about their work. Ketan Kapoor spoke about his paper, ‘A clinical audit to evaluate an optometrist led rapid-access wet-AMD referral service’. Meriam Islam spoke about her paper, ‘Home monitoring for patients with diabetic macula oedema: my doctor knows how I’m seeing every day’. Aidan Benson spoke about his paper, ‘Ocular surface side-effects of novel biologic agent for the treatment of eczema, dupilumab: Real-world data from UK cohort’.

 

Special Series: ‘The Congress that wasn’t’ – Episode 1

In this special series of episodes we cover content from the Congress that would have been. In the first episode we hear from Professor Andrew Lotery who talked about the VICI study which evaluated the use of Eplerenone as a treatment for chronic central serous retinopathy (CSCR). He also shared some clinical pearls for the management of CSCR. We then spoke briefly with three abstract holders about their work. Conor Lyons spoke about his paper, ‘A Retrospective Analysis of MicroPulse Transscleral Cyclophotocoagulation’. Anna Song spoke about her paper, ‘Keratoconus – is it reversible?’. Jasna Astalos spoke about her paper, ‘Treatment of open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension with preservative-free tafluprost/timolol fixed-dose combination: 12 week analysis (The VISIONARY Study)’.

Series 1, Episode 4

In this episode we spoke with Hani Hasan, an Ophthalmologist at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. We talked about his work related to the prediction and early identification of hydroxychloroquine maculopathy.

Special Episode: The COVID 19 experience in Italy

In the latest episode of Eye to Eye we join Aman Chandra, who speaks with Professor Mario Romano about the COVID 19 experience in Italy.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Special Episode: The COVID 19 experience in Italy

 

Series 1, Episode 3

In the latest episode of Eye to Eye we spoke with Anthony Khawaja, a Consultant Ophthalmologist who works at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He spoke about the genetics behind primary angle glaucoma and personalising glaucoma management.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists · Series 1, Episode 3

 

Special Episode: COVID 19 and the impact on trainees

In the latest episode of Eye to Eye, Miss Fiona Spencer, Chair of the Training Committee spoke about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Ophthalmology and Ophthalmologists in training.

Series 1, Episode 2
In this episode we hear from Shokufeh Tavassoli who talked to us about her paper related to trends in microbial keratitis. We then spoke with Jonathan Baker, Quality Improvement Manager at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists who talked to us about the RCOphth’s review service.

Special Episode: Tips for National Recruitement for Ophthalmology 2020 

In this special episode we hear with Sarah Maling, RCOphth National Recruitment Sub-Committee Chair, on the set-up for national recruitment into ophthalmic specialist training and some top tips for candidates preparing for their interviews in February.

Series 1, Episode 1

Welcome to the brand new series of the Eye to Eye Podcast. Following our successful pilot series we’re bringing the podcast back for monthly episodes starting with Series 1 Episode 1 in which we hear from Danieal Williams, a patient with Retinitis Pigmentosa, on the benefits of sight impairment registration for patients and we delve into coping with workplace stress and burn-out in the NHS in discussion with Surgical Spirit podcast host, The Third Eye Doctor – Dr Haidar Al-Hakim.

Pilot Series (2019)

Episode 3 

In this third episode of the Eye to Eye podcast from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Sunil Mamtora speaks to John Ferris about the College’s new surgical skills courses and Preeti Sanghera, an Optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, about patient eligibility for free sight tests.

Episode 2

In this second episode of the Eye to Eye podcast from The Royal College of Ophthalmologists we hear from Aman Chandra about the use of silicone oils in ophthalmology and RCOphth President, Mike Burdon, introduces the College’s new strategic plan.

Episode 1 

This is the first episode of Eye to Eye, the Podcast of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The podcast launches with two interviews recorded at the RCOphth Annual Congress in May and a special message from the Chair of the Ophthalmologists in Training Group, welcoming new trainees. We’ll be hearing from Fahd Quhill, Consultant Ophthalmologist from Sheffield on his research into laser pointer retinal injuries followed by an interview with Jeff Hogg, a registrar from Newcastle who tells us about his work analysing prescribing trends in glaucoma.