Eyecare Remodelling: the changes the industry expects – Flame Health Blog

Eyecare Remodelling: the changes the industry expects

16 ECPs tell OT  what they think the next year will bring. From increased reliance on domiciliary care to long-term changes to sight testing.

Firstly, A collaborative approach: Ceri Smith-Jaynes, optometrist at Cottam & Glaister, Lytham St Annes, and OT clinical multimedia editor

“I’ve been seeing a more collaborative approach between our practice and the hospital eye clinic. I think we’ll see this flourish in the next 12 months if we can show our worth. For example, if I know a patient has a telemedicine appointment with their consultant coming up, I’ll send in the latest field plots for information. We’ve begun to co-manage iritis patients and perform virtual glaucoma clinics. I think patients are beginning to notice us as accessible clinicians in a convenient location.

“If the COVID Urgent Eyecare Service (CUES) proves to be successful, I’d like to see it become a permanent feature. With properly funded teleoptometry embedded in the system.”

Second, an increased demand for domiciliary services and focus on infection control. Zetun Arif, ophthalmic director of Specsavers Home Visits and chair of chairs for Specsavers Domiciliary

“With the main demographic of our home visits customers shielding and highly vulnerable, it’s been imperative that we paid great attention to infection control. Although the vaccine program has a high success rate and our customers were some of the first to be vaccinated, we will not be stepping down our infection control in 2021. Full personal protective equipment (PPE) is now the norm and I believe it’s here to stay, as the new face of domiciliary optometry.

“Also, we do expect more people to access domiciliary services. The pandemic has raised awareness that there is an alternative way to access eye care for people with mobility issues.”

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