Community Ophthalmology Services

Community Ophthalmology Services

Service Information

Clinical lead: Dr Anna Gao

Our community ophthalmology service is a consultant and optometrist led service, supported by ophthalmic technicians. Our service is structured to deliver a ‘one-stop-shop’ system, to avoid unnecessary patient follow-ups, reduce patient travel and enable more rapid clinical assessment.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Recent onset of blurred vision (but always consider a recent sight test has been done).
  • Mild/moderate ocular pain or discomfort
  • Red eyes
  • Foreign body
  • Emergency contact lens removal
  • Dry eye
  • Epiphora (watery eyes)
  • Trichiasis (in-growing lashes)
    • Flashes/floaters
    • Visual field defects
    • Lid lumps and bumps (excluding suspicious lesions)

Exclusion Criteria

  • Patients who are already under the care of an Ophthalmology Consultant for the same condition
  • Patients who should be fast-tracked for red flag symptoms (e.g. lid cancers, retinal detachment, wet AMD)
  • Diabetic retinopathy (non-acute)
  • Squint
  • Diplopia
  • Severe ocular pain
  • Suspected retinal detachment
  • Retinal artery occlusion
  • Chemical injuries
  • Orbital cellulitis
  • Penetrating/perforating trauma
  • Suspected Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Suspected ischaemic optic neuropathy
  • Visual loss with headache
  • Suspected angle closure glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Severe disability
  • Children under the age of 6 yrs

Diagnostics Provided

  • Visual acuity test
  • Eye pressure test
  • Slit lamp examination
  • Visual field test
  • Optical coherence topography scan

Referral method

  • Contact the Community Services admin team on 0121 250 1592.