Who can refer
Referrals are accepted from GPs, opticians, consultants and health professionals. Patients are also welcome to self-refer.
How to refer
You can refer by phone, fax, email or letter. Details available on our contacts page.
When to refer
Correctly diagnosing retinal disease can be difficult in general practice. Many GPs do not feel confident using a direct ophthalmoscope and it is not a tool ideally designed to pick up subtle macular changes.
For patients with chronic blurred vision: it is often worthwhile referring to an optician who may be better able to triage. Many cases turn out to be an uncorrected refractive error.
For patients with acutely blurred or distorted vision or symptoms of retinal detachment (flashing lights, floaters, visual field defects): Refer urgently.
For urgent private referrals please call Professor Jackson’s secretary on 020 7060 1968 – she can advise whether he will be able to see the patiently urgently or recommend alternatives if he is not available.
- Central retinal artery occlusion (or branch retinal artery occlusion with macular involvement) of < 24 hours duration.
- Retinal detachment (keep nil by mouth).
Within 24-48 hours
Urgent (within 1-2 weeks)
Soon (within one month)
- Mild to moderate non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy or background diabetic retinopathy
- Epiretinal membrane
- Atrophic (dry) age-related macular degeneration where choroidal neovascular membrane has been excluded
- Vitreomacular traction
- Lattice degeneration with atrophic round holes
- Choroidal naevus
- Retinitis pigmentosa or other pigmentary retinopathy
- Hypertensive retinopathy (treat hypertension urgently)
- Best disease
- Stargardt disease
- Macular telangiectasia