The Centre for Eye Health has scored high marks for service, staff expertise and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, according to a recent survey of optometrists.
The survey results suggest that the new service is well placed to support improvements in eye disease detection and management within the profession.
Conducted during May and June, the online survey by market research company EMC was distributed to OAA NSW/ACT members and completed by 313 optometrists from across NSW and the ACT. It revealed that 97 per cent of those surveyed were aware of CFEH and 67 per cent had registered to use the free referral service since the Centre opened for business in late 2009.
More than one-third of optometrists based in NSW and the ACT are now referring patients to the newly established Centre with 98 per cent saying it provides an excellent or above average service. More than 90 per cent said they value the Centre’s large range of testing equipment, its staff expertise, free service and the availability of consultant ophthalmologists to review test results.
Respondents said they would be most likely to refer patients to CFEH if they were suspected of, or at risk of, having eye disease – especially those who couldn’t otherwise afford the advanced diagnostic testing that is available at CFEH.