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Scotland again leads the way in Glaucoma Care

Government promotes primary care glaucoma service

The Scottish Government is promoting the benefits of care closer to home by celebrating that, ‘thousands of patients will be cared for at their local community optometry practice rather than in the hospital as part of a new NHS community glaucoma service’.

The latest stage marks the service rollout to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The service will see lower risk glaucoma or treated ocular hypertension safely cared for in primary eye care settings.

The change will help reduce pressure on hospitals and means people do not have to travel as far for care.

Public health minister Jenni Minto said: “Scotland is regarded as a world leader in community eye care service provision. We are the only country in the UK to provide free universal NHS-funded eye examinations, and our investment in community optometry services has helped reduce the burden on GPs and secondary care services.

“I am very pleased to celebrate the launch of this new flagship NHS Community Glaucoma Service in Glasgow and look forward to seeing more patients across the country benefiting from the rollout.”