Page 1: The Scottish Collaborative Optometry-Ophthalmology Network e-research (SCONe)

The Scottish Collaborative Optometry-Ophthalmology Network e-research (SCONe) is a new collaborative venture aiming to collect, classify and curate a retinal image repository in Scotland. The SCONe team represents clinicians, academics, NHS, CSO and Scottish Government.

In Scotland, there are around 1,700 optometrists in 900 practices capturing millions of retinal images every year. This represents a unique opportunity to utilise this rich resource to:

  • advance biomedical research to enable early identification of ocular and systemic disease

  • gather information on how the retina changes in ocular and systemic disease over time

  • improve triage prioritisation

  • support community optometry in clinical decision making

  • improve clinical outcomes  

  • provide educational resources

In order for SCONe to establish an efficient and secure data sharing mechanism, we would like optometrists to complete a 10 minute questionnaire to help us understand the retinal images you capture and the data management infrastructure in your practice. 

The information you provide will be used by the SCONe research team (a collaboration between The University of Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian University) to establish SCONe members. Anonymised data collected as part of the project will be used for teaching and publications.

We will hold the personal data you provided us with for the duration of the SCONe project.

Although the questionnaire is primarily aimed at Scottish optometry practice, we would welcome interest from optometrists in other parts of the UK and internationally.

If you have any questions please contact:

Further information can be found at

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