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Eye health message starting to resonate: Optometry Australia

14/02/2018By Matthew Woodley • Staff Journalist
Optometry Australia (OA) believes its eye health messages are beginning to impact the public’s behaviour, after it revealed a drop in patients presenting at hospital emergency departments with non-urgent conditions over the past three years.

The review of emergency department presentations revealed 19,640 patients presented with eye conditions considered non-urgent in 2016-17, down 25% from the more than 26,000 reported in 2014-15.

Lyn Brodie, Optometry Australia incoming CEO
“It is clear that our messages are starting to resonate with Australians – regular eye examinations can help to identify emerging, and potentially vision-threatening eye health issues.”
Lyn Brodie, OA CEO

The review of emergency department presentations revealed 19,640 patients presented with eye conditions considered non-urgent in 2016-17, down 25% from the more than 26,000 reported in 2014-15.

OA CEO Ms Lyn Brodie pointed to a 7.7% increase in eye-related Medicare consultations last year and said the drop in non-urgent presentations could be related to the organisation’s efforts to the raise the profile of optometry through its Good Vision for Life campaign.

“This drop in non-urgent presentations could relate to people’s better understanding of the important role of optometrists in managing Australian’s eye health and that more people are seeking opinions of optometrists for acute eye conditions rather than attend emergency departments,” she said.

“It is clear that our messages are starting to resonate with Australians – regular eye examinations can help to identify emerging, and potentially vision-threatening eye health issues such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as highlighting other diseases such as high blood pressure, propensity for stroke, diabetes and some cancers.”

Aside from non-urgent cases, between 2015-16 and 2016-17, emergency departments also saw 1.5% less presentations for eye related conditions across all diagnostic block and triage categories. However, despite this drop, almost 120,000 people still presented in ED wards in 2016-17 with eye conditions.

Image courtesy: Flickr | Jason Parks

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