What drugs and equipment should I keep at the surgery to treat eye patients?
Vision testing chart
Good light source with magnifier (and, ideally, blue light source)
Proxymetacaine 0.5% with fluorescein 0.25% drops or fluoret strips and saline drops
Chloramphenicol ointment 1%
Patient information leaflets
Are there any standard checks or questions when treating eye patients?
Record best corrected visual acuity: It is good practice to check visual acuity for most patients who present with an eye condition. You should record their best corrected visual acuity – that is, their vision wearing glasses or contact lenses. Significant reduction in a patient’s visual acuity is a good indicator for referral.
Review patient history, noting allergies, medical and ocular history.
Always establish and record symptoms and their onset.
Refer red eye with vision loss or other signs of concern to an ophthalmologist for evaluation.
When should I refer to the ophthalmic department?
Please refer to the chart posted to the right of this page.