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

If you have read the guide we would very much welcome your feedback, and invite you to complete a short online survey here. As a thank you for your time, participants can choose to be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher by providing an email address.


Useful resources

Creating accessible primary care services for people with sensory loss

Vision and People with Learning Disabilities: Guidance for GPs


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]


Training events and workshops

To find out about upcoming training events and workshops on eye health and ophthalmology for GPs and practice staff visit the UK Vision Strategy website  

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