Bedfordshire LOC

Advice on NICE glaucoma guidelines

18 Dec 2009

We will be obtaining further legal advice on this matter and when that is available we will update you. Until that time, and regardless of any suggested solutions made by your local primary care organisation or local ophthalmologists to continue current practice, for legal defence purposes, it is strongly advised to refer all patients with intraocular pressure over 21 mm Hg to an ophthalmologist.

Meantime we are working with the Department of Health and NHS to find a workable solution to the issues created by the guidelines both for the short and longer term. One obvious solution is for more of this work to be carried out in the community by optometrists in optical practices.


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