Cataract Direct Access

For the past few years we have been operating a Direct access scheme within the Bolton area. Accredited optometrists can bypass initial outpatients appointments and refer those suitable for surgery directly into pre assessment clinic.

This helps  reduce the patient waiting time and allows more out patient appointment space for the local ophthalmologists.

Accredited optometrists on deciding to refer perform dilated fundoscopy and counsel patients on risks and benefits of surgery. There is currently a high sensitivity in referral from accredited practitioners which reduces innappropriate appointments for patients.

Those who wish participate in this scheme should attend yearly accreditation meetings, the most recent being April 2008. If you have missed this meeting and wish to become accredited please contact a member of the committee who will advise appropriately.