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Assessing visual acuity in primary healthcare

CPD Hours



Community and primary health care
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Regular screening of visual acuity can help with the early detection of abnormalities and enhance the use of effective treatments such as eyeglasses and/or surgery. Primary health care providers, usually nurses, are responsible for initiating screening through the use of visual acuity assessments.

This course provides a step by step guide for nurses on the clinical indications, necessary equipment and the process for undertaking a visual acuity examination.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand the indications for a visual acuity assessment.
  • Identify the equipment required to perform a visual acuity assessment.
  • Describe the four steps of a visual acuity assessment including a case history assessment, a distance visual acuity assessment, a near visual acuity assessment, and a check of the external eye.

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