Assessing visual acuity in primary healthcare

Assessing visual acuity in primary healthcare

Health Staff Ed
Updated Nov 20, 2019

Course Overview
Regular screening of visual acuity can help with the early detection of abnormalities and enhance the use of effective treatments such as eyeglasses and/or surgery. Primary health care providers, usually nurses, are responsible for initiating screening through the use of visual acuity assessments.

This course provides a step-by-step guide for nurses on the clinical indications, necessary equipment and the process for undertaking a visual acuity examination.

Target Audience

Learning Objective
By the end of this course participants will have the knowledge required to:

  1. Understand the indications for a visual acuity assessment
  2. Identify the equipment required to perform a visual acuity assessment
  3. Describe the four steps of a visual acuity assessment including a case history assessment, a distance visual acuity assessment, a near visual acuity assessment, and a check of the external eye

Business Outcomes
This course builds clinical competency skills that can be transferred to improve practice.