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Free OET Writing Sample Test with Answer Subtest Optometry #5

Notes: Today's date is 10 September 2029. You are an optometrist at a local clinic. A patient with diabetic retinopathy needs a referral to an ophthalmologist for further evaluation and treatment.


NAME: Mr. Daniel Turner

DOB: 22 May 1960 (69 y.o.)

Social background: Married, two adult children

Occupation: Retired accountant General health: Type 2 diabetes (well-controlled with medication), hypertension (well-controlled with medication)

Family history: Mother had glaucoma

Patient history:

2010 – Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, managed with medication

2015 – Hypertension diagnosis, managed with antihypertensive medication

10 September 2029

Presenting problem: Decreased visual acuity and recent onset of floaters in both eyes

Both eyes:

  • Gradual decrease in visual acuity over the past year

  • Recent onset of floaters

  • No eye pain, redness, or discharge

  • Known history of well-controlled type 2 diabetes

Visual acuity (VA): Right eye 6/36, Left eye 6/36

Colour vision (D-15): Normal

External examination:

  • No obvious abnormalities

  • No signs of lid abnormalities, ptosis, or swelling

Slit-lamp examination:

  • Mild bilateral cataracts


  • Bilateral diabetic retinopathy with macular edema

  • No evidence of retinal detachment or other retinal abnormalities

Diagnosis: Diabetic retinopathy with macular edema

Initial treatment: Referral to an ophthalmologist for further evaluation and treatment.

Writing Task:

Using the information given in the case notes, write a referral letter to Dr. Sarah Adams, an ophthalmologist, requesting further evaluation and treatment for Mr. Daniel Turner's diabetic retinopathy with macular edema. Address the letter to Dr. Sarah Adams, 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. Sarah Adams


VisionCare Clinic

321 Vision Way



10 September 2029


Dear Dr. Adams,


Re: Referral for Diabetic Retinopathy with Macular Edema - Mr. Daniel Turner DOB: 22/05/1960


I hope this letter finds you in good health. I am writing to refer Mr. Daniel Turner, a 69-year-old patient who presented to our clinic with concerning visual symptoms and a known history of type 2 diabetes.

Mr. Turner's medical history includes a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in 2010, which he has managed with medication. He also has a history of well-controlled hypertension, diagnosed in 2015. During his recent visit to our clinic on 10 September 2029, he reported a gradual decrease in visual acuity in both eyes over the past year, as well as the recent onset of floaters. Notably, his visual acuity in both eyes has declined to 6/36.

Upon examination, we observed no eye pain, redness, or discharge. External examination revealed no obvious abnormalities, except for mild bilateral cataracts. However, fundoscopy indicated the presence of bilateral diabetic retinopathy with macular edema.

Considering the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy with macular edema, I am referring Mr. Turner to your expertise for further evaluation and treatment. Your assessment and intervention will be essential in addressing his visual concerns and preserving his ocular health.

I kindly request that you schedule an appointment with Mr. Turner at your earliest convenience. Please do not hesitate to contact our clinic for any additional information or coordination regarding his referral.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter, and we look forward to collaborating with you to provide the best possible care for our patient.




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