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French optical students visit City Optometry department

Students toured City facilities and learnt about how eye tests are performed in the UK

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

French optical students from Angers, France studying at CCI Maine et Loire visited the Division of Optometry in November as part of a week visit to the UK to learn about differences in optometry between the UK and France.

The 20 students were accompanied by two of their lecturers Mr Jean-Charles Truffaut and Mr Vincent Noyer. Starting the day with a tour of City Sight facilities, the visiting students received a 45 minute lecture by second and final year BSc Optometry students about how eye tests are performed in the UK, after which the French optical students delivered a lecture on optical frame sales pitches and eye tests performed in France as a comparison. All French visitors also attended five workshops on innovative optometric techniques which are currently not used in the French educational programme.

The day was organised by Dr Byki Huntjens, and Miss Kristina Mihiç (PhD student) and Dr Catherine Suttle (programme director MOptom) accompanied her on the day. All students were also handed a certificate for attending and teaching during the day.

Dr Byki Huntjens, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Undergraduate Optometry at City, said:

“It was nice to be able to welcome our visitors and show them the great facilities we have at City. The day was a great success, and highlighted the difference between optometric techniques and teaching between the UK and France. The peer-to-peer teaching sessions were very friendly and casual, and afterwards our students reported they truly enjoyed teaching the material to optometry students from a different country.”

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