Enhancing the quality of care for patients with or suspected of having glaucoma

The importance of this research in the delivery of glaucoma care within the NHS has meant that providers (Hospital NHS Trusts, Primary and Secondary Care clinicians) and commissioners of care (Strategic Health Authority, Primary Care Trusts, GP Consortia) have taken a great interest in the outcomes of this study and have used aspects of this change of practice to influence preferred practice in the east of England.

This ultimately benefits patients through efficiencies in costs of care and improved access to community-based care. Increased capacity within the hospital glaucoma service due to fewer false positive referrals means that resources can be better directed. For optometrists, there are great benefits in terms of improved training and specialist training in glaucoma offered to specific optometrists involved in these novel community care schemes.