is our dominant sense. Some 70% of all the sensory receptors in the body are in
the eyes. Common eye problems may range from tired, red eyes through to deteriorating
vision. Patients often visit community pharmacies with eye complaints, and
pharmacists are well-placed to advise them. This Module identifies the more
common eye problems that may present in the community pharmacy setting and
After completing this module, you will:
Have a basic understanding of
the anatomy of the eye and the physiology of vision.
Be able to advise customers on
everyday eye care to maintain eye health.
Be able to advise on the
appropriate use and care of contact lenses.
Be able to recognise the
patient presenting with an acute red eye that can be managed with OTC medicines
and the patient that requires referral to the doctor.
Be familiar with the causes,
symptoms and treatment of common eye problems including conjunctivitis and dry
Be able to advise patients on
the correct use of eye drops and eye ointments.
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