An increasing number of people will be diagnosed with glaucoma due to the ageing population, one expert has said, which could also see more people looking to find a care home.
David Wright, chief executive of the International Glaucoma Association, said that the ageing population means that the number of people with glaucoma will increase by a third by 2021 and this rate of growth will continue until 2031.
This comes after the release of 12 Glaucoma Quality Standards by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
These include the return of clinical judgement to optometrists which should help to reduce the number of patients referred to Hospital Eye Services.
In addition, open discussions between patients and medical professionals focusing on treatment options and outcome will be encouraged.
Mr Wright commented: "These new quality standards will help both health care professionals and patients by reducing the number of referrals to hospital for suspected glaucoma or ocular hypertension while maintaining the highest possible standards of safety and care for patients."