Guidance for Commissioners

The College of Optometrists and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists have developed guidance to help commissioners and providers to understand how eye care services should be commissioned and delivered in the best interest of patients. 

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Low Vision

Download the joint commissioning guidance on Low Vision (PDF format)

Every part of the country should have access to a low vision service. Low vision affects every aspect of someone’s life, from the ability to prepare food to recognising friends’ faces. Older people with low vision are more likely to be depressed and to fall. The primary aim of low vision services is to enable people with loss of vision to regain or maintain as much independence and autonomy as possible.

Urgent Eye Care

Download the joint commissioning guidance on Urgent Eye Care (PDF format)

Demand for eye casualty services appears to be rising yet as many as 78% of cases attending eye casualty are deemed ‘non serious’. To achieve a significant shift of urgent eye care from hospital to primary care settings commissioners should ensure that there is adequate availability of urgent (same day or next day) appointments in the primary care service and educate the public and referring clinicians to use them as the first port of call for urgent eye conditions.