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Corrective surgery, lens implants and laser treatment – Information for GPs

Referral criteria / commissioning position

Non-essential corrective surgery or lens implants for focusing (refractive) errors such as short sightedness (myopia), astigmatism and long sightedness (hyperopia) because these conditions are usually corrected by wearing spectacles or contact lenses.

Requests for funding must be considered, via the Individual Funding Request Panel (IFR) including:

  • evidence of a clear clinical case of need, such as treatment for keratoconus (a rare eye condition where the cornea is conical shaped) that cannot be corrected by other means

Investigations prior to referral


Information to include in referral letter

  • Details of how the patient meets this requirement
  • Treatments and interventions tried including the results
  • Drug history (prescribed and non-prescribed)
  • Relevant past medical/surgical history
  • Current regular medication
  • BMI
  • Smoking status
  • Alcohol consumption
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