Information for GPs in Manchester

Information for GPs in Manchester

Routine Referrals

If there are concerns or questions about routine optometry referrals then please contact the referring optometrists who will be happy to help.

More information about specific referral pathways is available on the dedicated page:

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Macular Degeneration

Wet AMD is an urgent condition. Optometrists in the area should be referring directly to the WetAMD service. If you received a standard referral for this condition, you should send it urgently to the Emergency Macula Service (EMAC) at MREH as follows:


Tel: 0161 701 3419
Fax: 0161 701 0262

Red Eye Service (MECS)

Conditions such as red, dry or sticky eyes and styes etc can be referred to one of the accredited optometry practices. A list of practices is available on the GMPEC website:

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Cataract Referrals

All cataracts referrals should be directed through the enhanced service pathway to ensure that the patient is counselled on the risks and benefits, meets the referral criteria and requires and wants surgery. If a referral is sent to you from an optometrist out of the area, please send the patient to one of the accredited optometrists with a copy of the referral letter.

A list of practices is available on the GMPEC website:

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Glaucoma Enhanced Referral Service (GERS)

If you receive a standard referral from an optometrist solely for suspect glaucoma and not any other additional ophthalmic condition, then the patient should be referred directly to the GERS service. You can search for a local practice providing the service on the GMPEC website:

Patient Information

There are various patient information leaflets about eye conditions available here:

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Your own patients

If you have a patient experiencing vision problems not of acute onset; if for example you suspect dry macular degeneration or headaches due to eyestrain, the patient may just need a sight test and the hospital eye service does not provide this. It is best to send these patients for a sight test with a community optometrist. This may be private or NHS depending on their age and circumstances. If they are eligible for NHS sight tests a doctor can send them for one even if they are not due for a test under the normal rules governing sight test intervals. The optometrist will write to you if they need further referral. The NHS will pay for a sight test for the following groups of patients:

  • Under 16, or aged 16,17 or 18 and in full time education
  • Aged 60 or over
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma by an ophthalmologist
  • Aged 40 or over and have an immediate relative with glaucoma
  • Registered blind or partially sighted
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher
  • Claiming certain benefits
  • On a low income and named on a valid HC2 or HC3 certificate