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The Patient with Sudden Loss of Vision course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCGP, elfh, NHS

This session will provide users with core knowledge about the clinical features, differential diagnosis and management of a patient presenting with sudden loss of vision.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in November 2021.

Learning objectives

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

  • list the common causes of sudden visual loss and their diagnostic features
  • recognise flashes and floaters and describe their causes
  • explain the relevant investigations
  • explain the urgency of referral for each condition and when to access emergency eye care services
  • recognise field loss from neurological causes

Sudden loss of vision is a common symptom which can be transient or permanent, monocular or binocular. Most causes of sudden vision loss are vascular in origin affecting either the retina, optic nerve or brain and are usually painless.

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.

The Patient with Sudden Loss of Vision course for GPs
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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