Glaucoma Referral Refinement
The NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Groups commissioned a service with selected Optometrists designed to improve the detection of glaucoma, whilst minimising any inconvenience and expense incurred by the patient in travelling to hospital. Glaucoma is difficult to diagnose but if tests are repeated the process can be made more accurate. Where the repeat testing of intra-ocula pressure and visual field screening confirms the original findings, the optometrist will refer the patient directly to the Glaucoma Clinic at the hospital for a specialist opinion.
Ocular Hypertension - raised eye pressure
Where the optometrists finds only raised pressure (ocular hypertension) Norfolk & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Groups, in cooperation with the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Kings Lynn) Trust and The James Padget Hospital Trust, Gorelston have asked all Optometry practices to confirm raised intra-ocular pressures findings before referring to the specialist eye clinics. This will require the patient to either attend the same practice for Referral Refinement i.e. repeat pressure measurements (tonometry), dilated fundus examination and visual field examinations or in some case, be referred to another optometry practice which is accredited for Glaucoma Referral Refinement.
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