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We keep our members up to date on our ongoing activity through our website, social media platforms, Newsletter and regular email communication, as well as by attending events, meetings and keeping in regular contact with colleagues within the sector and the Scottish Government Community Eyecare team.

Our website informs Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Patients.

NEW CHAIR TAKES THE HELM AT OPTOMETRY SCOTLAND

Optometry Scotland has announced the appointment of Julie Mosgrove as its new Chair.

The organisation represents the views of the optometry industry in Scotland and plays a key role in negotiating fees, terms and conditions.

Julie, a qualified optometrist and retail director for the Duncan & Todd Group, is no stranger to OS having served as its Vice Chair for the past three years – she became involved with the not-for-profit organisation representing Grampian AOC and then latterly as a member representative for Duncan and Todd.

She was elected Chair at OS’s recent annual general meeting, succeeding David Quigley.

She said: “It is an honour to be appointed chair and drive forward the organisation that represents Scotland’s world-class optometry services.

“In the last few years we have supported the sector through the challenges of the pandemic, laid out recommendations to help future-proof community eye care, and crucially been instrumental in securing a three per cent eye examination fee increase through our Scottish Government negotiations for 2021-22.

“We have emerged from a challenging period in a strong position and as we look forward, we are ready to help our members navigate the new changes that are coming for the profession, from changes to referral pathways, to the future of optometric education. We continue to remain agile and review our own ways of working so we can provide the best possible support and maximise every opportunity.”

Optometry Services in Scotland

Community Eyecare

In 2018/19, the total number of eye examinations undertaken in Scotland was 2.34 million, an increase of 47% since 2006/07

Keeping patients in the community

Most patients attending for an eye examination were managed within primary care optometry (95.2%) and not referred for further investigation

Supplementary Exams

The most common reason for a supplementary examination was ‘Unscheduled Appointments’ (37%).

Domiciliary Visits

The number of such visits has shown a similar pattern to the total number of eye exams, increasing from around 37,000 in 2006/07 to around 51,000 in 2018/19

Eye Emergencies

Over 66% of supplementary eye exams carried out in the community are related to eye emergencies

Most common clinical conditions 2018/19

Clinical conditions were recorded during the eye examination. Cataracts were the most common of all the recorded conditions (17%)

Eye Examination referrals

Community optometrists referred around 20,000 patients into hospital in 2018/19 compared to under 5,000 in 2006/2007

Number of clinical conditions relevant to eye care, Scotland; 2018/19

480,287 has cataracts, 140,338 are diabetic and 56,477 has glaucoma/ ocular hypertension disorder

'Advancing World Class Eye Care in Scotland'