Progressive corneal disease (including Fuch’s dystrophy and keratoconus) Referral Access Criteria

Referrers should use this page when referring patients to public adult ophthalmology services for progressive corneal disease (including Fuch's dystrophy and keratoconus). 
Emergency referral
If any of the following are present or suspected, refer the patient to the emergency department or seek emergency medical advice if in a remote region.
  • Nil
Immediate referral
Orange exclamation mark in triangle: orange alertImmediately contact on-call registrar or service to arrange immediate ophthalmology assessment (seen within 7 days):
  • Nil
To contact the relevant service, see HealthPathways: Acute Ophthalmology Assessment (external site)
Presenting issues
If any of these issues are present, refer to outpatient services through the Central Referral Service (CRS).
  • Blurred vision, discomfort
  • Previously diagnosed Fuch’s dystrophy            
Mandatory information
Referrals missing 'mandatory information' with no explanation provided may not be accepted by site. If 'mandatory information' is not included, the explanation must be provided in the body of the referral (e.g. patient unable to access test due to financial reasons or geographical location).

This information is required to inform accurate and timely triage. If unable to attach reports, please include relevant information/findings in the body of the referral and advise where (provider) investigation/imaging was completed.

  • Details of previous treatment and outcome
  • Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) - vision with most recent distance spectacles
  •  Nil
Highly desirable
  • Nil             
  • Nil
  • Most recent optometrist or private ophthalmologist report including:
    • Refraction
    • Impact of symptoms
Indicative triage category

Category 1

Appointment within 30 days

  • Fuch’s Endothelial dystrophy and corneal decompensation with bullae
  • Keratoconus with hydrops             

Category 2

Appointment within 90 days

  • Fuch’s Endothelial dystrophy and BCVA worse than 6/36
  • Keratoconus with signs of progression           

Category 3

Appointment within 365 days

  • Fuch’s Endothelial dystrophy and BCVA worse than 6/12
  • Keratoconus with stable findings
  • Nil
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