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3 16 Care of People with Eye Problems


  • Visual loss is a significant cause of physical and psychosocial morbidity, which is a barrier to accessing healthcare. This can be overcome by appropriate rehabilitation for the visually impaired
  • The general practitioner (GP) has a key role as part of the primary healthcare team in co-ordinating access to community and secondary care services
  • As part of opportunistic health screening, GPs are well placed to ensure that patients have regular eye tests and are referred appropriately and in a timely manner
  • The GP should be able to examine, diagnose and treat common eye conditions and know when to refer to secondary care.

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Care of People with Eye Problems' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

It’s Monday morning and your second patient is Mr John Smart who is 75 years old. He was last seen six months ago following problems with sleeping.  He has lived alone since his wife died suddenly from a stroke three years earlier. He is accompanied by his daughter, whom you have not met before. She tells you that her dad has asked her to come along as he is a bit upset since his visit to his optometrist last week....     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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