Review of the Camden and Islington Anterior Segment Eye Disease Scheme

1 February 2002
Volume 03, Issue 1

There is evidence that optometrists can be successfully incorporated into a primary care team for the management of minor anterior eye conditions.


At present, the scope of optometric practice in the United Kingdom is defined by law to exclude therapy involving any medication, unless the clinical situation is classed as an 'emergency'. Even the most minor eye conditions requiring medication can only receive attention from a medical general practitioner (GP), whose ophthalmic investigative facilities and expertise are generally inferior to an optometrist; or from an ophthalmologist, who is much less accessible and more expensive.

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