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A Study was conducted to explore the acceptability, training requirements, enablers and barriers of optometrist-delivered SLT.

Optometrists, fellowship and consultant grade ophthalmologists, hospital managers and patients were interviewed using pre-defined topic guides. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and subjected to thematic analysis. Overarching themes were defined by the study aims and the topic guides; subthemes were derived from the interview data.

--66 participants were participated in the study. Overarching themes were: necessity of non-medical SLT delivery, clinical practice and training, advantages, disadvantages, concerns, challenges, community delivery of SLT, patient values and other healthcare professionals that could also deliver SLT.

Conclusively, certain clinical pre-requisites for SLT training, such as gonioscopy and autonomous prescription privileges, were deemed required. The NHS was expected to benefit from an optometrist-delivered SLT program, but there was a need for a standardized training scheme and strong supervision. In the hospital eye care, patients were accepting of an optometrist-delivered SLT therapy.

Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41433-021-01746-0?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+eye/rss/current+(Eye+-+Issue)