Children’s Vision

The aim of the LOCSU’s Children’s Vision community service pathway is to 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.

Benefits of the pathway include:

  • Early intervention for patients who have a suspected eye defect which has been identified at school screening, with a maximum waiting time of two weeks
  • Increased access and choice for patients
  • Increased capacity and reduced waiting times in secondary care to treat more complex patients
  • Development of the role of community optometrists
  • Improved communications between secondary and primary care
  • Reduction in costs compared with the acute model

LOCSU support for the pathway

(LOCSU is currently developing supporting documents for the Childrens’ Vision Pathway. Contact info@locsu.co.uk for more information)

Skills and Training:Contact and register with WOPEC (Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre)

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