Frequency of eye examinations
- You should examine patients at the most appropriate intervals, depending on their clinical needs.
- Contact lens patients may need more frequent appointments for aftercare but are not entitled to more frequent NHS sight tests simply because they wear contact lenses.
- In the absence of clinical indications, you should not recall patients more frequently than the following intervals.
|Patient age and/or condition||Recommended minimum re-examination interval|
|The intervals given below should not be taken as applying automatically to all patients in a category.|
|Up to 16, no binocular vision anomaly or refractive error||1 year|
|under 7 years, with binocular vision anomaly or corrected refractive error||6 months|
|7-15 years, with binocular vision anomaly or rapidly progressing myopia||6 months|
|16 years and over||2 years|
|with diabetes who are part of diabetic retinopathy monitoring scheme||2 years|
|with diabetes who are not part of diabetic retinopathy monitoring scheme||1 year|
- In the absence of clinical indications you should not examine patients who are being monitored by the hospital eye service more frequently than every two years.