The Vision Initiative in partnership with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, Optometry Victoria and ThinkGP have developed an online education module titled ‘Common eye conditions’ especially designed to meet the needs of GPs.
Originally launched in 2009, a new version of the online education module which includes up-to-date information on eye health and vision care and a section on ‘red eyes’ is now available.
General practitioners (GPs) play an important role in eye health and vision care. GPs can treat minor eye problems, identify patients who are at-risk of eye disease and educate patients about the importance of regular eye examinations with an eye health professional.
GPs can also help those who are experiencing vision loss access low vision and rehabilitation services and ensure they adjust to their vision loss.
‘Common eye conditions’ discusses the common causes of vision loss and common eye conditions, the presenting features, diagnostic assessments and management. Indications for referral and the content of referral letters to an optometrist/ophthalmologist are detailed.
The education module enables participants to:
- recognise the common causes of vision loss and common eye conditions including red eye
- discuss the symptoms of the various causes of vision loss and common eye conditions including red eye
- describe the management of the common causes of vision loss and common eye conditions including red eye
- identify the appropriate situation to refer to an optometrist or ophthalmologist and what to include in referral letters
- ensure patient safety by indicating the conditions requiring urgent referral for specialist care.
This online training module is available from ThinkGP
It is FREE and is accredited: RACGP 4 CPD, ACRRM 2 CME PD
Page last updated in January 2015.