Best practice standards

The evidence based program was developed using the NHMRC 2010 guidelines on glaucoma diagnosis and management as well as the recommended guidelines from White and Goldberg (2014) on collaborative care of glaucoma patients and suspects by ophthalmologists and optometrists in Australia.

The ACO- CKE Glaucoma aims to facilitate learning, reinforce best practice standards and provides a guide for further professional development and training needs based on an individual optometrist's skill development needs.

Methodology

The ACO Clinical Knowledge Evaluation Glaucoma piloted by practising optometrists uses a rigourous approach and assesses nine glaucoma diagnosis skills; communication, anterior eye, intraocular pressure, optic nerve, optical coherence tomography (OCT), visual field examination, assessment, differential diagnosis planning, including treatment and referral.

The skills are based around the SOAP format i.e. Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan, and there are time limits set against each skill being tested. Over 90 per cent of the material presented requires some degree of visual or data interpretation.

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