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PEARS Self-Referral scheme

(Primary Eyecare Acute Referral Scheme)

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Have you recently started to experience any of these symptoms?

  • Small eye injuries / foreign bodies
  • Flashing lights and new floaters
  • Red eyes
  • Distorted vision
  • Recent onset blurred vision
  • Eyelid cysts and styes
  • Recent onset double vision
  • Gritty and itchy eyes
  • Recent onset drooping eyelid

If so, and you have a Wakefield GP, you may be able to get expert help from Date Opticians, without having to wait for a doctor’s appointment or referral to specialist clinics, thanks to the PEARS self-referral scheme.

What is PEARS?

PEARS is a way for people who are experiencing acute eye problems (problems that have begun very recently) to get the help they need quickly and easily.

In the past, people experiencing acute eye problems would usually have to go to their GP. The GP would then refer them to a specialist eye clinic. This could be a slow process – frustrating for the patient and wasteful for the health service because often the problem would turn out to be simple to resolve.

Now, with PEARS, a person can arrange to come directly to a specialist optician who is involved in the scheme.

This is called ‘self-referral’ and is as simple as ringing to make an appointment.

Who do I contact?

Date Opticians has been selected by the local NHS health commissioners (Wakefield CCG) to be part of the PEARS scheme in our area.

So if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or any other acute eye problems that have started very recently, contact Date Opticians.

Call to make your appointment, mentioning the PEARS scheme.

Remember – this service is only available for people who are registered with a GP in the Wakefield area.

What happens then?

At your PEARS appointment we will carry out a full clinical examination.

Most conditions can be treated easily there and then.

Other acute eye problems may require the help of an ophthalmologist.  If this is the case Date will make the referral for you, again making it easier for you to get the treatment you need as quickly as possible.

pears appointment

‘Very quick and stress free. Would recommend scheme and opticians! Thank you’

PEARS patient

‘The problem was explained perfectly which put my mind at rest. Excellent treatment.’

PEARS patient

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