The College of Optometrists

Procedures to include in an examination in routine practice

A153
In addition to the procedures for a routine eye examination, you should select additional ones according to the patient’s clinical need. You should normally: 
  1. assess the optic nerve head. This would include assessing the size of the disc, and
  2. measure the IOP. See para A158.
A154
If a patient refuses to consent to tonometry, after you have explained the reason for this procedure, you should record the patient’s reason for refusal. You should use your professional judgement to decide how best to manage the patient.
A155
The examination may also include an assessment of the central visual field using perimetry with threshold control. Where necessary, you should repeat visual field assessment to obtain a meaningful result.
A156
If the patient is at risk from glaucoma you should assess the anterior eye and angle, for example by slit lamp – van Herick technique. You should also look for signs of pigment dispersion syndrome (PDS) and pseudoexfoliation (PEX). 

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