Eye Health Pathways

LOCSU works with LOCs and local NHS Commissioners to develop local eye health services

Eye Health Pathways

LOCSU works with LOCs and local NHS Commissioners to develop local eye health services which are more accessible for patients and cost effective for the NHS.

As primary care contractors, optical practices play a crucial role delivering eye health services that go far beyond the regular sight test.

With highly-skilled staff and specialist equipment, a local optical practice is the natural starting place to identify and manage a wide range of eye conditions. Clinical expertise within many optical practices also allows for the monitoring of conditions with a low-risk of progression.

LOCSU has developed a comprehensive Clinical Service Pathways Framework incorporating:

  • Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)
  • Glaucoma Referral Filtering and Monitoring
  • Cataract (pre/post-operative)
  • Children’s Vision (Paediatrics)
  • Low Vision
  • People with Learning Difficulties
  • Late AMD Monitoring
  • Medical Retina Monitoring (Hydroxychloroquine)

LOCs can access the framework diagrams, guidelines and support documents by logging in to the members area here.

NHS Commissioners can access these documents by contacting their Local Optical Committee.

LOCSU’s Clinical Service Pathways Framework reflects the approach detailed in the Systems and Assurance Framework for Eye Health (SAFE) published in 2018 by the Clinical Council for the Commissioning of Eye Health.  Download the SAFE overview document.

SAFE provides the basis for commissioners, provider organisations and clinicians to adopt a high-level, strategic, systems-based approach for the planning, provision and commissioning of eye health and care services, covering whole pathways and operating across traditional service footprints.

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