Every 15 minutes someone in the UK starts to lose their sight...
We have recently launched a sight loss awareness campaign over 9,000 GP surgeries across the UK.
The aim of the campaign is to reach out to all visitors in surgeries with our hard-hitting message about sight loss, ensuring we help vulnerable groups targeted with selected surgeries prevent avoidable sight loss.
Working with GPs
In recent work with GPs we discovered that a third of you didn’t feel equipped to deal with patients who present eye conditions. Working with Doctors.net.uk, we’ve developed accredited learning modules that refresh your knowledge on common eye sight conditions.
Educational modules on Doctors.net.uk
We've worked with Doctors.net.uk to develop a set of educational resources for GPs. The four accredited modules have been designed to help you deepen your knowledge of sight loss conditions, better support your patients and help you gain CME points.
The short CME modules cover age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts, as well as exploring the impact sight loss may have on your patients.
Complete the modules on Doctors.net.uk now:
- Cataracts in primary care
- Age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy
- Impact of eye health
Doctors.net.uk is open to all GMC-registered doctors. If you are already a member, please log in using your password. If you are not a member, please follow the joining instructions.
GPs can save the sight of wet AMD patients with faster referral
Our new report highlights how GPs can help prevent unnecessary sight loss in wet AMD patients by being able to spot the signs of the condition and making faster and more accurate referrals.
Wet AMD - or wet Age-related Macular Degeneration - is an eye condition that affects 40,000 older people every year. As wet AMD can develop very quickly, resulting in loss of central vision, urgent referral to a hospital eye clinic is vital.
The report - Don't lose sight! Don't delay! - is part of our Save our Sight (SOS) campaign. – is this report uploaded to CMS? Can we link to it?
GPs can take these simple steps to save the sight of wet AMD patients:
- "Make every contact count" by asking at-risk groups to return immediately if their vision changes or they start to see wavy lines.
- Make sure that patients understand that their referral to the eye clinic is urgent.
- Know and use their local rapid referral pathways for wet AMD patients.
- Raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of wet AMD amongst the practice team so all staff can prompt symptomatic patients to urgently see their GP or optometrist.
- Complete our AMD education module on Doctors.net.uk - and test your knowledge of AMD now.
Download the report
RNIB services for patients
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Knowledge and research hub
We are a leading source of information on sight loss and the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people. Access our statistics, evidence and reports in our research hub.Visit the research hub