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Consultant Ophthalmologist,
Cataract & Refractive Surgeon

BMedSci BM BS MRCS MRCSEd MRCOpth FRCOphth MMedLaw PgD Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Information for GPs

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Clinical Scenarios

These pages will help you formulate a list of differential diagnoses for some of the conditions you will face focusing upon red eyes or visual loss. It should be emphasized that these are rough guidelines and each patient will have to be managed according to the specific clinical scenario.

The information in the following links is adapted from my text entitled "Ophthalmology in Primary Care" published by The Royal College of General Practitioners and available for purchase here.

Referals to you from optometrists and what we do

These are general guides, however, each case should be taken on its own merit and management will depend upon the precise clinical scenario. If in doubt contact the ophthalmology department for advice.

Sometimes you will receive reports from optometrists asking you to take over care or informing you about their findings. Optometrists are highly trained professionals and tend to be excellent at diagnosing and managing a wide variety of ophthalmic conditions. Follow their guidance but if in doubt hopefully the information below will be of some assistance. Again, it must be emphasised that this is general guidance and each case must be taken on its merits. If in doubt contact your ophthalmologist for advice.

If a condition you want to know about is not here let us know and we will add a section on it shortly.

See the Index of Referral Conditions for a comprehensive list of scenarios.

Eye Disorders and How to Treat them

The information in the following links is adapted from my text entitled "Ophthalmology in Primary Care" published by The Royal College of General Practitioners and available for purchase here.

This section is designed to give you an understanding of the various conditions you may see and the vast number of pathological diagnoses you may get back from the hospital.

Index of Eye Disorders is a list of each condition that will give you guidance as to:

  • what's going on?,
  • what you'll find if you examine the patient,
  • what to do if you've diagnosed it,
  • a rough guide as to what the hospital will do with the patient after referral,
  • what you need to do with your patient,
  • what to tell your patient and
  • potential problems that may arise, and how to deal with them.

It should be emphasised that these are rough guidelines and each patient will have to be managed according to the specific clinical scenario.

You can always ask generic questions about any of these disorders by email.

If a condition you want to know about is not here let us know and we will add a section on it shortly.

The Operations and Procedures we do

This section will explain some of the operations we undertake. It will also help explain what can go wrong and the implications of any complications encountered.