Doctor Referral

When to refer to a doctor of optometry

Prompt recognition and appropriate referral of ocular emergencies are essential in the primary care setting when the outcome may depend on timely management. All ocular emergencies, including a penetrating globe injury, retinal detachment, central retinal artery occlusion, acute angle-closure glaucoma, and chemical burns, should be referred immediately to an eye care professional. Clinics generally reserve a few appointments per day for medically necessary referrals. They have the proper knowledge, tools and equipment necessary to diagnose, treat or refer to a specialist (if needed). 

A list of examples of medically necessary conditions, with ICD9 Codes, is here.

To find a doctor of optometry near to your patient, use the Find an Optometrist link in the top left corner.

For additional information regarding medically necessary services, please call (780) 451-6824.