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The purpose of this study was the evaluation of community based optometric monitoring of stable glaucoma patients and glaucoma suspects compared to the routine Hospital Eye Services (HES) monitoring. Four hundred and five subjects were recruited from routine outpatient clinics at the Bristol Eye Hospital. All eligible participants were seen in the routine hospital clinic and then within two months were given a ‘Gold Standard Assessment’ (GSA) by an independent research team. Participants then visited one of 12 glaucoma-trained optometrists, for a standard battery of tests. Randomisation resulted in 204 subjects being allocated to community care, with reviews on a six monthly basis, with 201 who remained a control group within the hospital. Referral criteria were established to enable optometric detection of apparent glaucomatous progression. A questionnaire was used to assess patient satisfaction with both care types. Additionally a cost analysis exercise was performed.