Published: June 2019
The Community Eye Care (C-EYE-C) model of care supports ophthalmology clinics to improve the efficiency of how they deliver services.
Patients are triaged to community or specialist care as best suited to their needs, with review by the hospital ophthalmologist. The model includes tools and templates to support referral.
NSW has an ageing population with an increasing number of patients with glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. This means there is a high demand for ophthalmology services, which can be difficult to meet. This can be particularly an issue outside metropolitan or large regional centres.
Optometrists, ophthalmologists, general practitioners (GPs), ophthalmic nurses, policy makers and health managers contributed to the model. Two sites in Western Sydney Local Health District piloted the model.