Online Resource MacuLearn Announces Partnership with Pacific University College of Optometry

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WATERFORD, Ireland—MacuLearn, an online learning resource for eyecare practitioners, has announced its partnership with Pacific University College of Optometry. MacuLearn was created by a pair of researchers who've earned global recognition for their work in the field of nutrition and vision: professor John Nolan of Nutrition Research Centre Ireland, Waterford Institute of Technology, and Dr. James Stringham, Visual Performance Laboratory, Duke University Medical School. In March, the transatlantic partnership between Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, and Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry was announced along with the new online learning resource MacuLearn, which allows optometrists and eyecare technicians to complete certified training about the importance of nutrition to eye health at their desk or using a mobile device, as VMAIL reported.

MacuLearn provides educational courses that are delivered by those who have conducted the research, made the scientific discoveries and developed the protocols that are now becoming the standards of care in optometry and ophthalmology.

“We are incredibly excited about this partnership," professor Nolan said in the announcement. "We have seen that Pacific University, in particular, has embraced the value of educating students and future health care professionals about the benefits nutrition can bring to patients across medical disciplines. The university is very much on the forefront in this way, and, aligned with the values of MacuLearn.”

The announcement noted that  is now live and will be added to with further learning modules through the rest of 2020 and beyond.

“Equally important as the integrity and quality of the courses, is their accessibility," professor Nolan added. “This rings true now more than ever with the impact the current pandemic has had on travel and gatherings. "Being able to safely stay up to date on the latest scientific developments is of utmost importance, both in order to maintain licensure and, also to ensure the best outcomes for patients," he said.

The MacuLearn educational platform has courses dedicated to the optometrist, and also to key office staff, who are integral in delivering patient care. The course selection for both doctors and staff will continue to expand with the latest information on ocular nutrition, as well as in emerging areas of interest such as contrast sensitivity and sports vision.