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Free OET Writing Sample Test with Answer Subtest Optometry #6

Notes: Today's date is 25 November 2029. You are an optometrist at a local clinic. A patient with a corneal ulcer needs a referral to an ophthalmologist for immediate evaluation and treatment.


NAME: Ms. Emily Reynolds

DOB: 17 July 1985 (44 y.o.)

Social background: Single, works as a chef

General health: Generally good, no significant medical conditions

Family history: No relevant family history

Patient history:

  • No history of eye trauma

  • No known allergies

25 November 2029 Presenting problem: Severe eye pain, redness, and decreased vision in the right eye

Right eye:

  • Severe eye pain (9/10 on pain scale)

  • Redness and swelling

  • Decreased visual acuity

  • Photophobia

  • Clear discharge

Visual acuity (VA): Right eye 6/60, Left eye 6/6

Colour vision (D-15): Normal

External examination:

  • Significant redness and swelling in the right eye

  • No signs of lid abnormalities or ptosis

Slit-lamp examination:

  • Central corneal ulcer with surrounding inflammation

  • Mild conjunctival injection


  • Normal optic disc appearance in both eyes

  • No evidence of diabetic retinopathy or other retinal abnormalities

Diagnosis: Right central corneal ulcer

Initial treatment: Immediate referral to an ophthalmologist for evaluation and treatment.

Writing Task:

Using the information given in the case notes, write a referral letter to Dr. Laura Martinez, an ophthalmologist, requesting immediate evaluation and treatment for Ms. Emily Reynolds's central corneal ulcer in the right eye. Address the letter to Dr. Laura Martinez, Ophthalmologist, VisionCare Clinic, 321 Vision Way, Visionville. In your answer:

  • Expand the relevant notes into complete sentences.

  • Do not use note form.

  • Use letter format.

  • The body of the letter should be approximately 180–200 words.

Dr. Laura Martinez 

VisionCare Clinic 

321 Vision Way 



25 November 2029


Dear Dr. Martinez,


Re: Immediate Referral for Central Corneal Ulcer - Ms. Emily Reynolds DOB: 17/07/1985


I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to urgently refer Ms. Emily Reynolds, a 44-year-old patient who presented to our clinic today with a critical eye condition requiring immediate evaluation and treatment.

Ms. Reynolds is a generally healthy individual with no significant medical conditions or known allergies. However, she arrived at our clinic reporting severe eye pain (rated at 9/10 on the pain scale), along with redness, swelling, and decreased visual acuity in her right eye. She also experiences photophobia and clear discharge from the affected eye.

Upon examination, we observed significant redness and swelling in her right eye. Visual acuity in the right eye is reduced to 6/60, while her left eye maintains a normal acuity of 6/6. Colour vision assessed with the D-15 test showed no abnormalities. Slit-lamp examination revealed a central corneal ulcer with surrounding inflammation and mild conjunctival injection.

Fundoscopy displayed a normal optic disc appearance in both eyes, with no evidence of diabetic retinopathy or other retinal abnormalities.

Based on the clinical findings, Ms. Reynolds has been diagnosed with a central corneal ulcer in her right eye. Given the critical nature of this condition, I urgently request your immediate evaluation and treatment. Timely intervention is crucial to prevent further complications and preserve her ocular health.

I kindly ask that you schedule an emergency appointment with Ms. Reynolds and provide the necessary care to address her condition. Please do not hesitate to contact our clinic for any additional information or coordination regarding her referral.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter, and we greatly appreciate your expertise in managing this urgent case.




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