Ophthalmologists reject guide

The guidelines, released by the Optometry Board of Australia in March, enable eligible optometrists to prescribe topical glaucoma treatments for patients diagnosed with chronic glaucoma without consulting an ophthalmologist.

They also allow optometrists to write prescriptions for those deemed at high risk of developing the disease.

The Australian Society of Ophthalmologists (ASO) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) jointly lodged action in the Queensland Supreme Court against the