WGC 2021: Glaucoma detection by optometrists is linked to accessibility of eyecare

This E-Poster is part of the educational material presented at the 9th World Glaucoma E-Congress (WGC-2021) of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA), held live on June 30 – July 3, 2021.

Early detection and timely treatment is key to reducing avoidable vision loss in patients with glaucoma.

However, with COVID-19 restrictions in place across Australia over the course of 2020, and optometrists operating urgent and essential services for emergency presentations only, what impact has this had on the detection of silently progressive conditions such as glaucoma?

Analysing data from Specsavers 345 Australian practices in 2020, Specsavers submitted an e-poster to this year’s World Glaucoma E-Congress of the World Glaucoma Association, looking at when access to routine optometric care is restricted, the early detection of glaucoma is greatly inhibited, potentially leading to otherwise avoidable blindness.