Eye emergencies for the non-ophthalmologist

Ophthalmological presentations account for a significant number of cases in both general practice and accident and emergency, and prompt identification and treatment can prevent irreversible sight loss.

The proportion of A&E attendances having eye problems may be as high as 6% in some settings. A&E practitioners have, however, not been confident with basic aspects of ophthalmic assessment (such as Visual Acuity measurement) and lacking in training and skills in emergency eye care with variable availability of slit lamps and training in their use (which may, or may not be deemed necessary).

Furthermore, there were an estimated 340 million GP consultations in 2012/13 and 1.5–2% of these were reported as eye related.

This course aims to give the non-ophthalmologist the knowledge, skills and confidence to evaluate and where appropriate to manage common ocular ophthalmology emergencies.

You can hear more from Dr Gordon Hay, Director of Moorfields Emergency Department by watching the short video below:

Course Structure

This course is a short evening course (18:00 to 20:30 GMT) taking place live online. The course comprises pre-recorded talks, including “how to” videos of core clinical skills delivered by senior ophthalmology trainees at Moorfields with input from fellows and consultants. There will be a live question and answer session after each talk. The pre-recorded talks and supporting materials will be made available afterwards to enable attendees to revisit topics again at their leisure.

Learning outcomes
  • How to take an ophthalmic history and examine the eye
  • Diagnosing the acute red eye
  • Ocular trauma – treatment and management
  • Important red flags not to miss!
Featured Topics

Back to basics

  • Anatomy
  • Ophthalmic triage
  • Ophthalmic history taking
  • Testing visual acuity, colour vision and pupils examination
  • Clinical examination and the use of drops to evaluate the eye

The red eye

  • Chemical injuries
  • Foreign body removal
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Acute angle closure

Ocular trauma

  • Orbital compartment syndrome
  • How to perform a lateral canthotomy/cantholysis
  • Orbital fractures
  • Lid lacerations
  • Periorbital cellulitis
Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at doctors, aspiring ophthalmologists, nurses, allied health professionals and students wishing to learn how to recognise, manage and treat acute ophthalmology presentations.

Benefits of Attending

This course will enable attendees to:

  • improve patient outcomes by enabling the clinician to recognise common ocular complaints and where appropriate to start treatment.
  • make appropriate and improved referrals to their local eye casualty departments
  • identify patients who need emergency management to preserve sight, and those who can be referred routinely to clinic

In order to take part in the course you will need access to a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and microphone and a stable broadband connection.

CPD Certification

CPD points and a certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.

The content of this course has been certified by The CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

The course carries 2.5 CPD hours.


Next Course Date

The date of the next course is not yet confirmed. Please email moorfields.courses@nhs.net if you would like to be notified.

No places available at the moment


Course fees