For patients with an Oldham GP, use a bespoke cataract referral form or standard referral and send it to the GP.
NHS Oldham has the following criteria for cataract:
Best corrected VA of 6/12 or worse in the affected eye OR
Binocular BCVA 6/10 or worse for drivers, or when Px has specific occupational, regulatory or legal requirements for vision OR
BCVA better than 6/12 but experiencing severe impairment of lifestyle such as glare, difficulty reading or watching TV, or at risk of falls.
AND PX has expressed a willingness to have cataract surgery (and is able to give consent), following a discussion about the risks and benefits, and the anticipated improvement in vision will have on the day to day function for the patient, prior to referral.
As above OR
Where there are binocular considerations
Independent providers can also accept direct referral for cataract surgery. Care UK at the Croft Shifa Health Centre in Rochdale, Spa Medica in Manchester and Optegra Manchester in Didsbury.