Emergency Ophthalmology – Moorfields

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Emergency treatment for urgent sight-threatening conditions.

GPs are encouraged to send patients to the closest available  emergency eye clinic rather than sending patients directly to Moorfields.

Find the closest emergency eye unit.

 


Eligibility criteria

Inclusions

  • Patients with urgent, sight-threatening problems, such as:
    • penetrating eyeinjury
    • chemical/thermal burns to eye
    • giant cell arteritis with loss of vision
    • flashes & floaters of recent onset
    • sudden loss of vision
    • retinal detachment
    • contact lens ulcers 
    • acute cranial nerve paresis
    • corneal abrasions
    • corneal foreign bodies
    • symptoms of acute angle closure glaucoma
    • optometry referrals for pressures >30mmHg 

Exclusions

  • Patients with non-urgent problems (dry eyes, itchy eyes, hay fever, cataracts)
  • Moorfields does active triage – if not urgent patient may be triaged away from A&E

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs

Letter

Referral methods: Hand to Patient

Please telephone before sending patient. Specialist Ophthamic A&E Dept – send patient with GP letter (explaining why same day urgent).

Referrals MUST be called through to consultant of the day, t: 020 7521 4682. Include accepting doctors name on referral. If the patient is already under another unit, send patient to that unit. A&E is unable to offer second opinion requests.

For urgent cancer referrals see the 2WW page.