We have worked with local patients and consultants to develop a range of new community eye care services, which will enable High Street opticians to identify, and refer, patients with suspected cataracts, wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma on to specialist services.
Under this brand new service, some high street opticians will provide:
- Direct cataract referral – This service enables opticians to identify possible cataracts in patients during their routine eye test. The optician will complete an additional assessment to see if cataract surgery is appropriate. If so, the optician will explain what the surgery would involve and the patient can then choose where to have it done.
- Suspected wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) referral – This service helps high street opticians identify suspected wet AMD in patients during their routine eye test. By urgently referring patients directly to a hospital or community clinic, further tests can be carried out and treatment can be started within two weeks if necessary.
- Glaucoma service – Under this new service, high street opticians will repeat pressure readings for patients identified with high intraocular pressure or suspect visual fields during their routine eye test. If the eye pressure remains high and visual fields are still affected at the second appointment, patients will be referred directly to a hospital or community eye clinic for further tests.
A list of opticians providing the thre services listed above is available by clicking here.
We have also now launched:
- Minor eye service - This new service covers the following conditions; red eye or eyelids, dry eye or gritty/uncomfortable eyes, inflammation & irritation of the eye, significant sticky discharge from the eye or watery eye, recently occurring flashes & floaters, in growing eyelashes, recent and sudden reduced vision, foreign body in the eye, eye pain and excessive tears. Patients can self-refer simply by contacting one of the opticians listed in the link here for an appointment.
Service leaflets are available to the left of this page. Please note that ICP no longer provide services from the Ebbisham Centre, but these services are still available at the Old Cottage Hospital.
New community glaucoma monitoring service
We have launched a new community service to support people who have glaucoma, where the condition is now stable.
If your care is being transferred into this new community service your consultant will write to you to let you know this is going to happen. They will also give you details about where you can choose to be seen for your appointments in future. For more information about this new service see our patient information leaflet
We hope more opticians will join this new service soon.
We will keep this page updated with full details.
Feedback on new service provision
Have you used one of these new services?
If so, we’d love to hear from you about your experience.
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