Posterior capsular opacity – Adult

Emergency and immediate referrals

Referral to Emergency:

  • Nil

Immediate referral:

  • Nil
Presenting symptoms
  • Blurry or hazy vision and glare from lights post cataract surgery
  • Posterior capsular opacity diagnosed by optometrist
Mandatory referral information (referral will be returned if this information is not included)
  • History of cataract surgery, including when and where 
  • Description and impact of symptoms 
  • Details and duration of treatments
  • 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 in 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
  • No category 2 criteria
Cat 3
Appointment within 365 days
  • Documented posterior capsular opacity and significant impact on ADL
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