GPs lack confidence when dealing with major eye conditions - Cameron Optometry | Cameron Optometry
GPs lack confidence when dealing with major eye conditions

GPs lack confidence when dealing with major eye conditions

Posted on 01st December 2014

ian

A recent survey found that GPs lack confidence in diagnosing major eye conditions. The survey found that just one third of the GPs questioned were confident in diagnosing symptoms or signs of age-related macular degeneration and only half were confident in diagnosing diabetic retinopathy. Our view is if you experience problems with your eyes, please visit your optometrist.

Worryingly only a quarter of respondents had been offered training on how to support patients who were blind and partially sighted. And although it is encouraging that the vast majority wished to enhance their knowledge through training, the experts on eyes will always be optometrists. GPs shouldn’t be expected to have the level of expertise in eye care that you will receive from your optometrist. They also don’t have the technology on hand to give your eyes a thorough examination to accurately diagnose an eye condition.

If you have toothache, you would visit your dentist and similarly if you have issues with your eyes, you should visit your optometrist.

 


Related Posts

One patient’s myopia management journey

13th August 2019

Zara became Cameron Optometry’s 50th myopia management patient in early 2019. Referred from another optometrist, she was ten years old and already had a prescription of -4 which means she was relian...

Read more

NOW CLOSED: We are recruiting: Retail optical assistant/Front-of-house 

12th August 2019

JOB APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED Cameron Optometry is an award-winning optometry practice and eyewear boutique, based in Edinburgh’s New Town. The practice is now looking to welcome a new member to ou...

Read more

Cameron Optometry reaches Myopia Management milestone

01st August 2019

Encouraging news for the battle against increasing rates of short-sightedness in children Cameron Optometry is delighted to announce it now has over 50 patients using Myopia Management contact lense...

Read more

Welcome to our latest sustainable eyewear brand, Neubau

30th July 2019

Sustainable, stylish, independent eyewear. Welcome to Neubau Eyewear. We have been searching for another sustainable brand to add to our range and are delighted to say Neubau ticks all the boxes. An i...

Read more