• College of Optometrists’ funded research identifies weaknesses in optometric data

    15 December 2017

    The College of Optometrists says that the lack of public health data on the prevalence of eye conditions is undermining planning.

    The college has published the findings of a research project, which identified that, despite an increasing amount of clinical data being held electronically in optometric practice systems, and a growing prevalence of eye conditions that require greater management, the data is not organised in a way that it can be used for research and service planning purposes.

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  • Commissioning guide for paediatric screening

    3 March 2017

    The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has published its latest advice on commissioning of ophthalmic services for children. The approaches to the prevention of vision/eye conditions and promotion of good visual health for children require very different approaches to those used in adult services. This briefing document will help inform commissioners of the key issues to consider when commissioning services for children with conditions that cause visual impairment or blindness and children with common eye conditions that cause milder reduction in vision.

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  • Research shows community eye care schemes are successful for all stakeholders

    15 December 2016

    New research funded by the College of Optometrists has found that enhanced eye care schemes are viewed positively by those involved, including commissioners, patients and providers.

    The qualitative study explored the views of patients, community optometrists, GPs, commissioners and ophthalmologists.

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  • LOCSU annual report predicts ‘breakthrough’ for optical sector

    20 October 2016

    The LOCSU annual report highlights the growing number of primary care practices delivering care close to patient’s homes and easing capacity problems in the hospital eye service.

    Activity through the LOC company model has doubled and annual service revenue has risen to £8.5 million, according to the 2015/16 annual report.

    There are now 552 services being delivered by optical practices in the community, with 109 rolled out since April 2015. Similarly, there are 133 services being delivered through primary eyecare companies with 101 going live since April 2014.

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  • Research demonstrates success of community eye care schemes

    6 September 2016

    Two research papers arising from the College of Optometrists enhanced scheme evaluation project (ESEP) and published this month, show that optometrists involved in community schemes are able to provide cataract, glaucoma and primary eye care services to patients safely and effectively. Such schemes can also result in cost savings and reduce the number of hospital eye service (HES) appointments.

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