Eye Health

Eye health now accounts for 4.5m GP consultations and costs the UK economy £22bn each year. However, evidence shows that 50% of sight loss could be avoided through improved eye care and early detection of problems.

To tackle this growing need, particularly amongst elderly patients, the RCGP has chosen eye health, with a focus on ageing and sight loss, as a clinical priority from 2013-2016.

Clinical leadership for this programme is provided by Dr Waqaar Shah, RCGP clinical champion for eye health.  Dr Shah works in partnership with the RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) and the UK Vision Strategy to deliver the programme.


Sight Loss in Older People - A Guide for GPs

This RCGP-accredited guide highlights the need and route for early and appropriate routes of referral, the link between sight loss and other health conditions, and suggests how services provided by general practice can be made more accessible for older people with sight loss. The text has been written in consultation with GPs, and includes an executive summary of the main learning points that are covered in each chapter.

For free print copies of the guide, please email ukvisionstrategy@rnib.org.uk


Useful resources


Join the GP Eye Health Network

This free network is part of the work being undertaken for the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) Clinical Priority for eye health. It aims to bring together GPs from across the UK to raise the profile of eye health within general practice and improve the quality of care for patients with sight loss.
It is the first network of its kind and currently has over 400 members from across the UK. As a member of the network you will receive:
- Regular email bulletins
- Useful resources
- Invites to training and networking events
If you would like to join the Network, please email circ@rcgp.org.uk  

Find out more about the network.

We are currently conducting a feedback survey amongst network members.
If you are a member of the network please complete the short survey by 26 May 2015 for your chance to win a meal for two at a huge choice of delicious dining experiences at a variety of UK-wide locations. The survey is available here.


Eye health clinical fact sheets

Each of the below eye health clinical fact sheets focuses on a specific eye condition. The fact sheets are developed by leading ophthalmologist Dr Gilli Vafidis, and are then peer reviewed by RCGP clinical champion, Dr Waqaar Shah, as well as experts from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Professional Standards Council, the College of Optometrists, the Optical Confederation and the British and Irish Orthoptic Society.

Infective conjunctivitis [PDF]

Dry eyes [PDF]

Management of cataract in primary care [PDF]

Glaucoma [PDF]

Charles Bonnet syndrome [PDF]


Training events and workshops

For further information about the work of the RCGP clinical priority programme please visit the UK Vision Strategy website.

You can find out about upcoming training events and workshops on eye health and ophthalmology for GPs here.


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