Referrals and notifications by optometrists within the UK: 1988 survey

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1989 Jan;9(1):31-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-1313.1989.tb00801.x.


In a survey of nearly 75,000 eye examinations, 6% of patients were referred to a medical doctor and the doctor was notified in a further 2% of cases. The level of referral was 2% higher than in 1986; 70% of referrals were the result of reminders or periodic attendances, and 80% of those referred were over 40 years of age. The general pattern of referral was broadly in agreement with a survey conducted in 1986 but indicates that some categories of eye conditions are being referred at a higher rate.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Eye Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Optometry*
  • Referral and Consultation / trends
  • United Kingdom