Surgical Correction of Strabismus or Amblyopia in Adults

  • Related keywords: strabismus, squint, esotpropia, exotropia, hypertropia, hypotropia, diplopia, amblyopia, lazy eye
  • Date: 19 Apr 2017
  • Who applies for funding: General Practitioner (GP)

Referral Route:

Prior Approval (PA)

Is a process that requires the referrer to obtain prior authorisation for patients who meet the criteria. If the patient demonstrably meets the criteria, please forward the application to the IFR Team for approval and await confirmation that funding is in place before a referral is made. If the patient does not meet the criteria for funded treatment, then a referral can be made to the Individual Funding Request Panel, but only if there is clear evidence that the patient’s clinical circumstances or condition are exceptional, i.e. there is something about the patient’s condition or circumstances that differentiate them on the basis of need from other patients with a similar diagnosis or condition and would justify funding being provided in an individual case when it is not routinely funded for others. 

Please note any deviations from this policy, e.g. funding requests for a secondary care opinion only (where malignancy is not a concern), require Part C of the below application form completing and submitting to the Individual Funding Request team.

Funding requests from GP Practices can be accepted from Senior Clinicians, salaried GPs, Locum GPs or Practice Partners. Unfortunately we are unable to accept funding applications from other health professionals unless countersigned by a senior clinician or GP.

If you would like this policy in a different language or need it in another format, such as Braille, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 073 0907 or 0117 947 4477.

Strabismus, or squint means a misalignment of the two eyes. It may arise for a variety of reasons and may be present from birth or arise at any time in life. If strabismus arises after the visual system matures (around the age of 8), strabismus usually results in diplopia (double vision).   If it arises at an earlier age, the brain adapts by suppressing the image from the squinting eye, so that diplopia is no longer a problem, but this adaptation comes at the price of loss of stereopsis (detailed depth perception) and sometimes at the price of reduced visual acuity in one eye (amblyopia or lazy eye).

Cover for Policy for Surgical Correction of Strabismus or Amblyopia in Adults

Policy for Surgical Correction of Strabismus or Amblyopia in Adults

Cover for Application Form for Surgical Correction of Strabismus or Amblyopia in Adults

Application Form for Surgical Correction of Strabismus or Amblyopia in Adults