An optometrist's role of co-management in a hospital glaucoma clinic

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2000 Sep;20(5):351-9.

Abstract

In recent years, optometrists have started to work in some clinical roles in hospital medical clinics. This paper outlines the current working practice in a typical glaucoma clinic at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust and goes on to establish the ability of an optometrist working with a team of ophthalmologists. In this study, 54 patients (n = 108 eyes) were recruited and clinically assessed by an optometrist. Subsequently, a research fellow (i.e. ophthalmologist) assessed the same patients independently. The results were compared in order to determine the accuracy of the optometrist's evaluation and proposed management. This paper considers the costs of employing personnel by reviewing the salaries of optometrists and medical assistants. Although nurses have started to work alongside ophthalmologists, and orthoptists may be considering such work, it is not within the scope of this paper to consider either of these groups. If optometrists are to become an accepted part of a glaucoma clinical team, consideration needs to be given to the training and experience they receive.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Glaucoma / diagnosis*
  • Glaucoma / therapy
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Job Description
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / economics
  • Optometry* / economics
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital / economics
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Salaries and Fringe Benefits
  • Workforce