Little support for optometrists' aspirations

Optometrists lack the training to independently diagnose and treat glaucoma without putting patients at risk, according to the majority of Australian Doctor's readers.

There has been growing alarm from doctor groups about the recent decision by the Optometry Board of Australia to allow endorsed optometrists to initiate therapeutic management for patients with chronic glaucoma.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists is threatening legal action against the board, saying it