Comm Eye Health Vol. 23 No. 72 2010 pp 19. Published online 01 March 2010.

CPD: Test yourself

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Continuing professional development (CPD) describes courses and activities which help professionals such as health care workers to broaden their knowledge and improve their skills so that they can provide a better service to their patients.

From this issue onwards, the Community Eye Health Journal will support your continued professional development by providing questions about the topics covered in each issue. We hope that you will use these questions to test your knowledge and understanding, and that you will also discuss them with your colleagues and other members of the eye care team. Sharing what we know with others can be a useful and enjoyable way to support each other’s learning!

Questions have been developed in association with the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and are based on the style of the ICO Advanced Examination

1. A mother brings her child, aged nine months, to you, an eye health worker, because she is concerned about her child’s ability to see properly. Which of the following statements are true and which are false?

a. The red reflex test can detect even small problems with the retina.
b. Parents often tell you things about their child’s vision that are helpful for diagnosis.
c. An infant with strabismus (‘squint’ or ‘cross-eyes’) does not need referral.
d. If there is no treatment for a blinding condition, nothing can be done to help an infant.

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