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Annual FODO DIT lecture discusses future of Irish optics

FODO Ireland staff met this week with optical students from the Dublin Institute of Technology to discuss the role they will play in the future of Irish optics

Students from the optometry and dispensing optics courses at DIT met with FODO Ireland staff Ann Blackmore and Daniel Carry and Executive Council member Peter McGrath this week to learn about the ongoing changes to the community optical sector in Ireland and the opportunities it presents for those just beginning their careers. 

FODO’s Head of Policy and Strategy, Ann Blackmore, discussed with students the role FODO Ireland plays supporting members and our work with partners across health and social care. 

Ann said: “Significant changes are taking place in community eye health in Ireland and it is important to give optical students a snapshot of where we stand now and how things might change over the coming years. Alongside the move to CORU and the much anticipated outcome of the Primary Eyecare Services Review, there is a much broader context around new community-based models of care and the role technological disruption will play.”

The annual lecture finished with a focus on the Foresight Project, an initiative looking at how advances in consumer and optical technology will bring waves of innovation and change to community healthcare. 

“The Foresight Project looks at technological disruption from a UK perspective but of course it has significant implications for eyecare professionals across Ireland, and indeed Europe,” continued Ann. “It will be important to embrace these changes and opportunities, not shy away from the challenge, a message our young audience of digital natives were fully supportive of.” 

The lecture, which drew a packed audience from the entire student cohort, was followed by a question and answer session and special breakaway session with final year students.