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Since our first ‘referrals special’ in 2015 the situation across the UK has changed significantly. 

There have been changes to guidelines, including the revised NICE guidelines concerning the referral of cataracts, AMD and glaucoma. Some of the policy changes we heard about in our previous referrals special have taken root as regional variations become more established. And, fundamentally, attitudes towards eye health care and management in practice are changing.

This updated resource will look at some new referral processes, hear from experts in primary care management, and the overall aim is to examine the different ways of improving referral pathways, to optimise the use of optometric expertise and resources, to streamline the process and reduce the number of unnecessary referrals whilst maintaining the highest standards of care to our patients.

Last published: December 2020 

    Unit 7 - Suspect glaucoma and ocular hypertension (NICE and SIGN) (~16 mins)

    Amanda Harding and Kathy Morrison

    Glaucoma diagnosis and referrals have evolved significantly with the introduction of a variety of referral refinement schemes. We talk to Amanda Harding, principal optometrist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, to get some clarification on the different referral filtering services in the UK.  We also go back to Glasgow to hear from Kathy Morrison about how the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guidelines have been implemented since the last referrals programme.

    Unit 6 - Cataract (~12 mins)Unit 8 - Record keeping and conclusion (~7 mins)