INDEPENDENT PRESCRIBING SERVICE
Treating Minor Eye Conditions
The principal optometrist at Ellis Bass Optometrists is Faisal Bashir. Faisal has a special independent prescribing qualification (IP).
The independent prescribing qualification is held by just over 300 optometrists in the UK, most of who work within the Hospital Eye Services. Faisal is one of the the few optometrists in Ilford who has this qualification. Training for this qualification involves a period of study, followed by a placement under the supervision of an ophthalmologist and then an examination. Faisal;s placement was at Holly Hospital, Buckhurt Hill, where he examined patients.
The independent prescribing qualification allows Faisal to examine, treat and prescribe medication for a number of different eye conditions. Generally, around 95% of patients can be seen and treated with only around 5% requiring further referral to the hospital eye service. The examination that is conducted within the practice takes around 20-25 minutes.
Examples of conditions which have been treated at the Practice are:
Eye lash removal (trichiasis)
Herpes Simplex Keratitis (recurring episodes of)
Anterior Uveitis (recurring episodes of)
And many others
Faisal is also trained to diagnose more serious sight threatening conditions and refer further on to the local hospital eye service, where necessary.
‘THE QUICK LOOK’
From time to time the practice is asked if the optometrist can “have a quick look” at somebody’s eyes. Unfortunately, a quick look can often mean serious underlying pathology is missed or an incorrect diagnosis is made. We therefore do not do this, nor offer a diagnosis based on symptoms only.
AVAILABILITY OF THE SERVICE
The service is only available when Faisal is at the practice. Faisal currently works 5 days a week in the practice. The practice aims to see patients with emergencies on a same day basis, although this cannot always be guaranteed.
[f he is not at the practice, one of his optometric colleagues may be available who have be trained in the Minor Eye Conditions qualification, which allows them to examine and assess minor eye conditions, although they are not allowed to prescribe medications other than lubricants and basic antibiotic eye drops.
WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM THE SERVICE
The following groups may benefit from the red eye service:
Patients with a recent/sudden onset red eye
Patients with recent/ sudden loss of vision
Patients with a chronic problem such as seasonal allergic conjunctivitis or dry eye
There is a small group of patients with chronic long term conditions such as recurrent anterior uveitis, who currently have to travel to [local hospital] every time they get a recurrence and may be able to be treated by [Optometrist name].