Eye problems – optician or GP?


In a recent survey, by the General Optical Council, only 19% of people said that their optician would be their first port of call if they had a problem with their eyes, with 54% saying GP.

Yet GP’s actually receive very little ophthalmic training and realise that their knowledge about the eye is limited. Despite GPs seeing an average of 7 patients with dry eye disease each week, three quarters of those did not feel fully confident in treating the condition.

Optometrists are not only there to give you a sight test and provide new glasses, they are expertly equipped to provide a more in depth consultation and diagnose any eye diseases. They also have the clinical time to follow up patients to ensure the best is being done to help battle any eye health issues.