Cambridge community Optometry Glaucoma Scheme

Keenan, Jonathan, Shahid, Humma, Bourne, Rupert R. A., White, Andrew J. and Martin, Keith R. (2015) Cambridge community Optometry Glaucoma Scheme. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 43 (3). pp. 221-227. ISSN 1442-9071

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Background: With a higher life expectancy, there is an increased demand for hospital glaucoma services in the United Kingdom. Design: The Cambridge community Optometry Glaucoma Scheme (COGS) was initiated in 2010, where new referrals for suspected glaucoma are evaluated by community optometrists with a special interest in glaucoma, with virtual electronic review and validation by a consultant ophthalmologist with special interest in glaucoma. Participants: 1733 patients were evaluated by this scheme between 2010 and 2013. Methods: Clinical assessment is performed by the optometrist at a remote site. Goldmann applanation tonometry, pachymetry, monoscopic colour optic disc photographs and automated Humphrey visual field testing are performed. A clinical decision is made as to whether a patient has glaucoma or is a suspect, and referred on or discharged as a false positive referral. The clinical findings, optic disc photographs and visual field test results are transmitted electronically for virtual review by a consultant ophthalmologist. Main Outcome Measures: The number of false positive referrals from initial referral into the scheme. Results: Of the patients, 46.6% were discharged at assessment and a further 5.7% were discharged following virtual review. Of the patients initially discharged, 2.8% were recalled following virtual review. Following assessment at the hospital, a further 10.5% were discharged after a single visit. Conclusions: The COGS community‐based glaucoma screening programme is a safe and effective way of evaluating glaucoma referrals in the community and reducing false‐positive referrals for glaucoma into the hospital system.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: community, diagnosis, glaucoma, optometry, teleophthalmology
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 16:21
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 10:15

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