Glaucoma referral and safe discharge

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

In the UK, glaucoma is the second most common cause of visual impairment, and accounts for up to 20% of referrals to secondary care eye services. The incidence of glaucoma increases with age, and the number of patients requiring management of the condition is rising as life expectancy increases. Early identification and referral of patients with ophthalmic pathology, and prompt secondary-care response facilitates timely management with the aim of limiting visual disability.

This Guidelines summary covers examination, criteria for referral, and monitoring at-risk groups.

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