We all know about the importance of blinking to regularly maintain healthy eyes. Dr. Maria Markoulli, Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Australia, took a creative approach towards teaching her students this message.
Dr. Markoulli teaches OPTM2291, Primary Care Optometry, to a bright bunch of Stage 2 Optometry students at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In this course, students are introduced to all the clinical techniques that they will be using as part of a routine eye exam. This is an exciting (albeit intense) period for the students where they perform retinoscopy and refraction for the first time. They will refine their slit-lamp skills, learning how to be ocular surface detectives. . . In this class they also learn how to measure measure intraocular pressures as well as explore the peripheral retina and assess the anterior chamber angle using gonioscopy. These students are keen to learn and also keen to make a difference through the skills they obtain. Their first lecture of the semester, on Distance Refraction, opened with the TFOS Blink video (http://www.youtube.com) as a way of inspiring them to connect with the international eye care community and to encourage them to promote eye health awareness through their practice in creative ways. Dr. Markoulli’s students swayed (and blinked) along to the song and as they launched into the foreign concept of collapsing the interval of sturm and placing the focal point on the retina. Together they maintained perspective of why they are studying this in the first place: that together we can help people see!
TFOS’ official campaign song, a high-energy dance anthem sung by Italian pop star Sabrina, is available on http://www.Amazon.com. Proceeds will go to TFOS and its mission, promoting the importance of vision, eye-health & need for more innovative research.
Ask your friends and colleagues to buy this song and #ThinkBlink!