Catriona Barrett:  Research

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Glaucoma Care in the Community

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in Ireland. As our population ages and life expectancy increases glaucoma prevalence is also increasing. Community optometry has the capacity to expand on its current role and do even more to relieve pressure on hospital eye services. This research will assess the feasibility of a new care pathway for glaucoma suspects. Optometrist, Catriona Barrett, will work with Dr. James Loughman and Prof. Colm O’ Brien to complete a research masters in glaucoma shared care over a two year period. Following a period of specialist training at the Mater hospital, a pilot scheme will be launched, inviting optometrists to send their glaucoma referrals to the National Optometry Centre. The scheme will seek to:

  • Reduce patient waiting times for initial assessment
  • Reduce glaucoma referrals to hospital
  • Improve the clinical information accompanying referral
  • Evaluate any cost-benefit generated
  • Analyse patient satisfaction

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