Lid lesions – Adult

Emergency and immediate referrals

Referral to Emergency Department:

  • Nil

Immediate Referral (seen within 7 days):

  • Proven or suspected melanoma
Presenting symptoms
  • All suspicious or significantly symptomatic lesions 
Mandatory referral information (referral will be returned if this information is not included)
  • Description of the lesion and symptoms
  • Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) - vision with most recent distance spectacles
  • Details and duration of treatments 
Highly desirable referral information
  • Most recent optometrist or ophthalmologist reports/results if available and where providing it will not delay care
  • Pathology result of lesion biopsy
  • Clinical diagram including size in mm 
Indicative triage category
Indicative triage category
Cat 1
Appointment within 30 days
  • Proven or suspected eyelid squamous cell carcinoma
  • Proven or suspected eyelid basal cell carcinoma
Cat 2
Appointment within 90 days
  • No Category 2 criteria             
Cat 3
Appointment within 365 days
  • Benign eyelid lesions affecting vision or causing functional deficit
Excluded ophthalmology services

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

Condition Details (where applicable)
Minor cosmetic eyelid lesions
Useful Information for referring practitioners

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