Managing eye conditions in general practice

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7111.816 (Published 27 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:816
  1. T Manners, Specialist registrar
  1. Ophthalmology Department, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QQ

    Editor—Though general practitioners' confidence in diagnosing and managing eye conditions is not high, they can expect 2-5% of all consultations to be eye related.1 Teaching of ophthalmology at medical school is limited in duration and far removed in time from entry to general practice. Less than 5% of general practice registrars do any ophthalmology as part of vocational training (data from Joint Commitee for Postgraduate Training in General Practice), but over 70% do an accident and emergency post, usually for six months. I sent a questionnaire to all accident and …

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