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