GPs are in a key position to identify patients who may be suffering with sight problems, and to improve the quality of life for patients who have already been diagnosed with an eye condition.
Working with GPs
In our work with GPs, you told us that around a third of you feel that you are not equipped to deal with patients who present with eye conditions.
We can help you to treat and support your patients.
Educational resource on Doctors.net.uk
We have worked with Doctors.net.uk to develop an educational resource for GPs. The programme of activities includes four accredited modules designed to help you deepen your knowledge of sight loss conditions, better support patients and help you gain CME points.
The short CME modules cover age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and a module that explores the impact of sight loss. There is also advice and guidance for improving surgery access and commissioning effective eye care pathways.
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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.
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
Find out more about our services for patients, including emotional support, information about eye conditions, practical advice about living with sight loss and access to a range of products and publications.
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