Guest editorial Ophthalmology 462

Linda Visser, Head
Optimal eye care for the growing South African population is dependent on the teamwork of ophthalmologists, ophthalmic medical officers, optometrists, orthoptists, general practitioners, school health workers and ophthalmic nurses. General practitioners are often reluctant to manage eye-related pathology. This may be the result of insufficient exposure to the subject during undergraduate training, which leaves the doctor with no confidence to treat his/ her patients. With more universities
more » ... e universities changing to a 5-year medical curriculum, exposure to this field is likely to decrease even more. The emphasis in our teaching should be placed on the recognition and management of common eye disorders and the identification of treatable sight-threatening conditions.