An overview of optometrists' diabetic retinopathy practice patterns - a cross-sectional survey.
Vanessa Tang, Robert C Andrew Symons, Daryl Guest, Allison M McKendrick
Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics | Published : 2021
PURPOSE: Contemporary eye care increasingly recommends the use of advanced retinal imaging technology. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this equipment is widely available in primary eye care settings; however, knowledge regarding how optometrists use this equipment in the context of diabetic retinopathy (DR) is limited. This study aimed to obtain a current overview of optometrists' clinical practice behaviours in the detection, screening, diagnosis and management of patients with diabetes. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was designed to evaluate optometrists' self-reported clinical practice patterns and perceptions, as well as the availability and impact of retinal imaging equipment specif..View full abstract