The aim of this pathway is to:
- reduce unnecessary referrals to the hospital eye service
- reduce patient anxiety and increase capacity within the overburdened hospital glaucoma clinics
- provide a more cost effective service with a greater number of patients being managed within the primary care setting
- reduce unnecessary referrals to secondary care ophthalmology departments.
This is achieved by allowing community optometrists to provide management and treatment to children who are found to have suspected amblyopia following school screening.
Please click on the links in the box on the right for further details of these services.
An overview and details of how to participate in these services are set out in Sarah Townsend's Launch Presentation of January 2016 'Community Eyecare Services in Northumberland Tyne and Wear'.