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The issue of recurrent attenders to eye casualties has received little discussion in the ethics and health policy literature. As many ophthalmology departments offer a walk-in emergency service, protocols need to be in place to ensure appropriate use of this resource and also to identify potential psychiatric comorbidity in such attenders. We illustrate the problem with a recent case.
A 42-year-old woman self-presented 14 times over a 4-month period to the same ophthalmic accident and emergency (A&E) unit. …