15.5 Eye Problems

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 15.5, Eye Problems, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Eye problems are common – around two million people in the UK have a sight problem. Eye problems account for 1.5 per cent of general practice consultations in the UK, with a rate of 50 consultations per 1,000 population per year. Eye problems are significant causes of preventable disabilities. The GP has a key role as part of the primary healthcare team in the prevention and treatment of eye problems.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Person holding glasses while looking at a computer

Red flag symptoms: Blurred vision

Dr Pipin Singh provides an overview of red flag symptoms in patients presenting with...

Diplopia - red flag symptoms

Red flag symptoms in presentations of double vision, possible causes and questions...

Differential diagnoses - Conjunctivitis and iritis in pictures

Dr Nigel Stollery offers advice on differentiating between allergic and infective...

Eye disorders: illustrated

Presentations of eye disorders including adenoviral conjunctivitis, senile scleral...

98% of respondents thought it would be helpful for patients with CBS to receive a diagnosis

Exclusive: GPs more likely to recognise patients with Charles Bonnet syndrome after survey

The majority of GPs and health professionals are more likely to recognise a patient...

Charles Bonnet syndrome is thought to affect between 10 and 60% of people with sight loss

Macular Society surveys GPs on Charles Bonnet syndrome

GPs are invited to take part in a survey conducted by GP on behalf of the Macular...

Case study: Hayfever in an adolescent

Dr Ravi Ramanathan discusses hayfever in an adolescent with a family history of atopy.

Symptoms of acute anterior uveitis include pain, bloodshot sclera (as shown) and reduced vision (Photograph: SPL)

The basics - Uveitis

Uveitis should be considered in patients with ocular pathology including reduced...

The Snellen chart is the usual method for testing vision (photograph: spl)

Vision and driving

GPs must deal appropriately with patients' visual requirements for driving.

Fluorescein will show abrasions

CKS Clinical Solutions - Superficial corneal injury

The case: A 30-year-old man presents with a two-day history of the sensation of something...

Eyes appear normal in dry eye

CKS Clinical solutions - Dry eye syndrome

THE CASE: A 60-year-old woman comes to see you complaining of dryness in both eyes....

Apocrine hidrocystoma

Inflammatory lesions of the eyelids

Contributed by Dr Jean Watkins, a sessional GP in Hampshire