Published: 7 March 2011 at 13:32
Optometry students are benefiting from exciting new teaching aid
Anglia Ruskin University’s Vision and Hearing Sciences department have unveiled a new member of staff to help optometry students develop their skills.
Nicknamed “Iris” by the department, the model head has been designed and built by Anglia Ruskin technician Tino Ficarra – and she is already proving to be a hit with students.
Optometry students are required to be clinically competent in a number of techniques and procedures. However, learning these techniques can take a while for those in the early stages of their training and, understandably, patients are not always willing to sit for long periods having bright lights shone into their eyes.
And that’s where Iris comes in. Her head can be mounted on a custom frame for retinoscopy and direct ophthalmoscopy examinations, and positioned on a slit lamp for indirect ophthalmoscopy work.
Iris features real lenses in her eyes, which are connected to removable metal tubes. This allows the teaching staff to place images at the end of the tubes, and both the length of tube and the images can be changed to simulate different optical disorders.
Dr John Siderov, Head of Vision and Hearing Sciences believes Iris will prove to be a valuable teaching aid for his department. He said: