Detecting change

The importance of good record keeping in detecting and monitoring change.

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Published: Winter 2012

On my practice visits, I talk to a lot of practitioners about record keeping, and the importance about recording what you see. As I tell my patients: ‘It isn’t generally important what the back of your eye looks like as long as it doesn’t change. The back of all of our eyes is different, just like the front of us is different; as long as it doesn’t change, then that is normal for you.’ If you are going to detect change, therefore, how do you do it?

Conventionally it would be with some description of, for example, the optic disc.

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