Ectropion – Adult

Emergency and immediate referrals

Referral to Emergency Department:

  • Nil

Immediate Referral (seen within 7 days): 

  • Contact lens keratitis, corneal ulcers - H/o contact lens wear with reduced vision or epithelial defect, trauma, pain 

To contact the relevant service, please refer to HealthPathways Acute Ophthalmology Assessment (seen within 7 days).

Presenting symptoms
  • Watery eyes, red eyelid and irritation
Mandatory referral information (referral will be returned if this information is not included)
  • Details and duration of treatments (if secondary ectropion)
  • Details on severity of symptoms
  • Most recent optometrist or private ophthalmologist report including:
    • Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) - vision with most recent distance spectacles
    • Refraction
    • Impact of symptoms
  • If unable to attach reports please include relevant information/results the referral
  • Referrer to state reason if not able to include in referral
Note: This information is required to triage accurately, within a clinically suitable timeframe 
Highly desirable referral information
Other relevant optometrist or ophthalmologist reports/results if available and where providing it will not delay care 
Indicative triage category
Indicative triage category
Cat 1
Appointment within 30 days
  • No category 1 criteria
Cat 2
Appointment within 90 days
  • Severe ectropion with tarsal exposure
Cat 3
Appointment within 365 days
  • Symptomatic ectropion
Excluded ophthalmology services

Referral to public ophthalmology outpatient services is not routinely accepted for the following conditions:

Condition Details (where applicable)
Asymptomatic ectropion
Useful Information for referring practitioners

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