Principles of examining patients at risk from glaucoma
- When examining a patient who is in an at-risk group for glaucoma you must carry out relevant tests.60 Guidance varies across the UK. 61, 62, 63 You should be familiar with this guidance and the relevant thresholds at which further tests should be undertaken. If local protocols apply you should comply with these.
- Glaucoma can be difficult to detect in the early stages and you should keep up to date with current thinking on the pathophysiology, clinical signs and diagnostic techniques required to detect it.
60 Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) (No 2) Regulations 1989 para 3(1)(a) [Accessed 26 Oct 2017]
61 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017) Glaucoma: diagnosis and management [Accessed 3 Nov 2017]
62 College of Optometrists (2017), NICE Guideline on glaucoma member briefing [Accessed 9 Nov 2017]
63 Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2015) Glaucoma referral and safe discharge [Accessed 3 Nov 2017]