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​​Eye Health

East Surrey CCG has now launched pathways with local optical practices to enable opticians (also known as optometrists) to directly refer patients with cataract or suspected glaucoma to hospital rather than having to go via their GP. 

Cataract

Where an optometrist (optician) identifies cataract they will now carry out an additional assessment to identify the extent of the cataract and will discuss treatment options with the patient. Patients will be given information about cataract and treatment options to take away and consider before making a decision about whether to opt for surgery. When a patient has decided to opt for surgery they will be directly referred to the hospital eye department by their optometrist. A letter will be sent to their GP to notify them of the referral.

Suspected Glaucoma

During a standard eye test an optometrist may identify raised intraocular pressure or suspicious visual fields which can be a sign of glaucoma. Optometrists (opticians) are now asked to repeat these readings/ tests to confirm a continued high or suspicious reading before making a referral.  Where patients have a repeated high reading they will be referred directly to the hospital eye department and a copy of the referral letter will be sent to their GP.   

What are the benefits of these pathways?

These pathways have many benefits to patients including faster referral to hospital, removing the need for a GP appointment and preventing unnecessary trips to hospital.

How do I access these pathways?

Optometrists (opticians) will undertake the cataract assessment or repeat readings for suspected glaucoma, where required, after they have undertaken an NHS Sight Test.  If you have any concerns about cataract or glaucoma please consult your optical practice.

Which optical practices are signed up to these pathways? 

The optical practices in East Surrey who are delivering these schemes are listed below.

Where can I find more information about Cataract or Glaucoma?

For more information about eye health please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/eyehealth/Pages/eyehealthhome.aspx

For information about cataract please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cataracts-age-related/Pages/Introduction.aspx

For information about glaucoma please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/glaucoma/Pages/Introduction.aspx

East Surrey Optical Practices providing referral pathways

​Optical Practice

Address

Telephone no.

Direct Cataract

Suspected Glaucoma
(repeat IOP and visual fields)

CATERHAM​

Specsavers

​​

10 Church Walk Shopping Centre
Caterham,
Surrey CR3 6RT

01883 333830

​✔

✔​

Rawlings Opticians

2-4 Croydon Road
Caterham
Surrey CR3 6QB

01883 343370

✔​

Vitaleyes Opticians

14 The Square
Caterham,
Surrey CR3 6QA

01883 337257

HORLEY

Boots

18/20 High Street,
Horley,
Surrey RH6 7AY

01293 782744

LINGFIELD

Laurence Martin Opticians

32 Hereford House,
Godstone Road,
Lingfield,
Surrey RH7 6BW

01342 833104

X

OXTED

Jonathan Kerr Optometrists

80 Station Road East,
Oxted,
Surrey RH8 0PG

01883 722808

Vision Express

149 Station Road East
Oxted,
Surrey RH8 0QE

01883 715510

✔*

✔*

Thakar Opticians

81 Station Road East
Oxted,
Surrey RH8 0AX

01883 714696

REDHILL

​Boots Optical
​12 High Street
Redhill
Surrey
RH1 1RH 
​01737 763 148


Specsavers

1-2 Central Parade,
London Road,
Redhill,
Surrey RH1 1QH

01737 772990

Eyeworks

66 Station Road,
Redhill,
Surrey RH1 1QH

01737 778877

REIGATE

Specsavers

39 High Street,
Reigate
Surrey RH2 9AE

01737 227920

Boots

25 Church Street,
Reigate
Surrey RH2 0AD

01737 243577

Spectique

16 High Street
Reigate
Surrey RH2 6AY

01737 242413

X

Whiteman Optometrists

20 Church Street
Reigate
Surrey RH2 0AN

01737 223202

*Only providing these pathways to registered at the optical practice