Monitor, manage, treat or refer? How to decide what is best for your patient
This webinar will give delegates guidance on how to determine when to manage or monitor a patient’s condition and when to refer for further investigation or management. The presentation will identify the key factors that are required to justify referring a patient to hospital or a specialised service.
Clinical scenarios will be shared to demonstrate the following:
The information that needs to be ascertained from the patient.
“Sieving” the information to come up with a tentative diagnosis or differential diagnoses.
Categorising what can be managed by the optometrist and what needs referring with an aim to avoid over-referring but ensuring you are acting in the patient’s best interests.
Effective referral – who to refer to and the key information to include.
Patient communication & feedback
Clinical scenarios will include flashes and floaters/PVD; psuedophakic cystoid macular degeneration; suspect glaucoma and cataract referral.
- To be able to decide when it is clinically justified to refer patients for further investigation, ophthalmological opinion or treatment
- To be able to develop a management plan for the investigation of the patient in the following scenarios; a suspect glaucoma; blurred vision after cataract surgery; posterior vitreous detachment or retinal detachment symptoms.
- To be able to recognise common ocular abnormalities including macula disorders and refers when appropriate.
- To be able to evaluate glaucoma risk factors, to detect glaucoma and refer accordingly.
- To be able to evaluate and manage patients presenting with symptoms of posterior vitreous or retinal detachment.
- To be able to work within local frameworks for medicines use in managing cystoid macular oedema, taking into account any local care pathways, protocols and guidelines
- To establish relationships with other professionals from other healthcare settings based on understanding, trust and respect for each other’s role in relation to prescribing decisions for cystoid macula oedema.
You will be able to claim one interactive CET point after attending this live session.
Terms and conditions
- To attend this webinar you must be a College of Optometrists' member.
- To obtain your interactive CET point you must ensure the following standards are met, you must:
- have a minimum attendance of 50 minutes
- complete a minimum of 4 of the 6 polls.
CET does not apply to students and pre-registration trainees.
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What members say about our webinars
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