Visual Impairment (Low Vision) - Local Optometry Schemes
These schemes enable some patients, where appropriate, to receive their care from local accredited optometrists (opticians) instead of having to attend a hospital.
PEARS (Primary Eye-care Assessment and Referral Service)
This is a free service provided by local accredited optometrists (opticians). They can offer appointments for advice or treatment for recent eye conditions.
The service is available across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin and a list of accredited opticians who provide this service can be downloaded from the Shropshire CCG or Telford & Wrekin CCG website.
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The Glaucoma Repeat Pressure Scheme
Optometrists (opticians) conduct a repeat test of the fluid pressure inside the eye for individuals whose initial test result was high. The repeat test is carried out at the local practice.
The Cataract Referral Refinement Scheme
Accredited optometrists (opticians) conduct a more detailed cataract assessment. This will include a discussion of a health self-assessment questionnaire completed by the patient, communication of the risks and benefits, establishing the patient’s willingness to proceed with surgery and their suitability.
The Post-Operative Cataract Follow Up Scheme
Accredited optometrists (opticians) conduct the assessment following cataract surgery instead of going to the hospital. The ophthalmologist (eye doctor) will decide if a patient is suitable for this service.
Patients are given a hospital discharge letter, advising them to make an appointment with an accredited optometrist (optician) at a participating practice.
The Children’s’ Eye Care Pathway
The scheme is for children identified as having a sight defect at school screening tests who can be referred to a community optometrist (optician). Those children considered to need hospital attention will be subsequently referred to the hospital.
The Ocular Hypertension (OHT) Monitoring Pathway
Where appropriate, this service allows patients with Ocular Hypertension, to be discharged to an accredited community optometrist (optician).
Visual Impairment (Low Vision)
Self Care and Support