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J R Soc Med. 1988 July; 81(7): 394–396.
PMCID: PMC1291669

Requirements and characteristics of 500 consecutive patients consulting an ophthalmic medical practitioner.


This paper reports the results of a prospective survey on 500 consecutive patients consulting an ophthalmic medical practitioner. The reason for consultation, and results of refraction and examination were analysed. The majority required only a refraction. One in 8 visits was for primary ophthalmic health care other than refraction. An abnormality of the visual system (other than refractive error) was present in 19% of patients. Five per cent required referral to their general practitioner.

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