New Cataract Referral Criteria for South Staffordshire
Staffordshire LOC has just been informed by the commissioning manager for East Staffordshire CCG that the criteria for Cataract procedures have changed, with effect from 1st April 2016.
The main change to the criteria is that the visual threshold for NHS cataract surgery has been amended. From now on, patients with VA of 6/9 or worse in either first or second eye can be referred for NHS cataract surgery, providing that the patient’s lifestyle is being affected by the cataract.
This change covers all four South Staffordshire CCGs: Stafford & Surrounds CCG, Cannock Chase CCG, SE Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG and East Staffordshire CCG – along with Wolverhampton CCG.
The usual medical exemptions to the visual threshold requirement still apply – please see table below.