I have practiced for many years working closely with local optometrists to provide high quality ophthalmic care. Patients who are referred to me for treatment will still remain under the care of their original optometrist for all refractive needs. The principles I abide by are: -
- All patients seen by me will have a medical report that is copied to the original referring optometrist and GP to ensure continuity of care
- Shortly after surgery I will contact the optometrist with advice regarding the optimum timing of post-op refraction
- For cataract patients I encourage all patients to see their referring optometrist in the period 1-2 months after surgery. At this point I would like to receive the final prescription that you recommend
Patients who have surgery under fixed price package schemes have a built-in allowance for post-operative refractive reports. With your report we are pleased to offer a reimbursement to you for co-management and this can be invoiced to our practice manager, Karen Ramsden, at CESP Glos.
I recognise that decisions about referral and surgery are not always clear-cut. I would encourage you to contact me for advice if you have concerns about a patient. I am happy to receive email enquiries and will look at images or scan that you wish to send me. This should not be used as a substitute for proper treatment since the advice will always be presented in a way that makes allowances for the lack of consultation.