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Supporting People with Visual Impairment course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By

This session aims to increase your awareness of the issues surrounding visual impairment and the benefits of specialised rehabilitation.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in January 2022.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • list the psychological and social problems associated with chronic visual impairment
  • explain the definitions of blindness and partial sightedness, and the process and benefits of registration
  • describe the impact that eye problems may have on disability and fitness to work
  • explain the practical measures that GPs and practices can take to make their premises, staff and services suitable for people with visual impairment
  • list optical and non-optical low vision devices available to low vision patients, and the barriers to accessing them

Sight loss is now a major health issue, affecting about two million people in the UK. The vast majority are older people, although an estimated 80,000 working-age people and 25,000 children are affected by sight problems in the UK.

Instructors / Speakers
Stella Hornby,
Consultant Ophthalmologist in Urgent Eye Care & Primary Care Ophthalmology

Stella Hornby is currently clinical lead for Ophthalmology and Lead for the Eye Emergency Department in Oxford Eye Hospital.

She has a special interest in emergency eye care, primary care ophthalmology, diabetic retinopathy, low vision and education and is particularly known for her skills in diagnosis and her ‘down to earth’ common sense approach to medicine.

Stella is a Partner in Primary Care Ophthalmology LLP which organises training courses for GPs. She is also Annual Primary Care Ophthalmology Conference and RCOphth representative for Map of Medicine, Primary and Community Eye Health Committee (Vision2020) and the primary care representative of the RCOphth Professional Standards Committee.

Supporting People with Visual Impairment course for GPs
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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