Sound Optometry

Domains: Clinical practice, Professionalism

No CPD Points

Welcome to DOCET’s podcast Sound Optometry, hosted by Michelle Hanratty, an IP optometrist with 20 years’ experience on the high street and in hospital. Each month, with case studies and in-depth conversations, we will be exploring topics that matter the most to you as optometrists and are relevant for everyday practice.

Episode 14 - Glaucoma - Assessing the risk to resolve referral dilemma

In this episode, Michelle explores the risk of glaucoma being undetected in those patients that have undergone laser vision correction with consultant ophthalmologist Imran Masood. The discussion also covers more general risk factors and Mr Masood describes the optic disc features that could potentially indicate glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a sight threatening disease. Timely referral and regular monitoring is essential to prevent vision loss. Paddy Gunn, hospital optometrist, explains how to approach borderline cases to ensure appropriate referral and how to reassure patients that have not had their routine glaucoma monitoring appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The podcast provides an insight into how glaucoma services are coping with high demand, and explains how optometrists can help to ease the strain on the NHS and manage patients that require an urgent review.

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Last published: September 2022

    Learning outcomes


    s.4 Show care and compassion for your patients

    • Able to identify and respond appropriately to patients’ fears, anxieties and concerns about their glaucomatous condition.

    Clinical practice

    s.5 Keep your knowledge and skills up to date 

    • Understand the risk factors for glaucoma.

    s.7 Conduct appropriate assessments, examinations, treatments and referrals 

    • Able to formulate an appropriate management plan for a patient with suspect glaucoma, or of a patient already diagnosed but requires assessment in the community.
    • Knowledge of when the referral of a patient is indicated.

      Unit 1 - Glaucoma audio track (~25 min)