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Peek retina

This is a bit of a personal blog about something I am interested in rather than what is going on with me at university, although it is linked to my dissertation choice. For my dissertation I am looking at whether you can use a smartphone as an alternative to take pictures of the back of

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Eyeopener and AFTAs

Around this time of the year every year, optometry students from all over the country descend on a Centre Parcs for the AOP’s annual Eyeopener conference. It is aimed at 2nd year students (3rd year from Glasgow Caledonian) and provides a lot of information about what you can do with optometry as a career other

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Varsity

No, not the one you are probably thinking of or even the second one, this is the prestigious Boots Optom vs Pharmacy varsity that is now in it’s second year and happened this last weekend here in Cardiff. In this ultimate test of sporting prowess OPSOC and WPSA (the pharmacy society) battle it out for

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Sparks in the park

Sparks in the Park is the annual fireworks display organised by the Cardiff Round Table and held in Bute Park – Coopers field to be precise. The event kicks off with a children’s firework display and then the giant bonfire is lit. Whilst waiting for the main event there are plenty of fairground rides to

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Decisions, decisions

I’m sure a lot of A level students reading this are trying to work out what they want to study for a degree, where to study and what to do for the rest of their career and possibly panicking a fair amount. Whilst I can’t help with the last two, although they may follow from

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Dissertation

It’s starting to get serious in third year and we are only a few weeks into term. So far I’ve had 2 primary care patients, 1 contact lens patient, 3 special assessment patients, 2 low vision tutorials and a whole host of lectures, mostly at either 9am or 5pm. This means I am generally in

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Aikido

Aikido meaning “the Way of harmonious spirit” is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a way of combining his spiritual beliefs with his philosophy and martial studies – he previously trained in judo and jiu jitsu. He envisioned it as an art that practitioners could use to protect themselves but without harming

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Confusion

I’m sure a lot of first years who may be reading this are feeling a little bit confused about what they have gotten themselves into, I know I was 2 years ago, and I’m not just talking about a reaction to the alcohol consumption from Freshers. This is a perfectly normal reaction to being thrown

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