Letters Gradual loss of vision in adults

Putting optometry at the heart of community eye healthcare

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3741 (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3741
  1. James M Gilchrist, optometrist, academic1
  1. 1School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, UK
  1. j.m.gilchrist{at}bradford.ac.uk

GPs who feel overburdened or limited in their ability to assess eye and vision problems should be able to refer patients to primary care practitioners with specialist expertise in ocular and visual assessment.1

Optometrists are well equipped and experienced in assessing sight threatening conditions—such as cataract, glaucoma, diabetes related eye problems, macular degeneration, and less common diseases. They …

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