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Referrals & Advice

Referral Guidelines - Public Ophthalmology

PUBLIC HOSPITAL REFERRALS (Please clearly identify Public Ophthalmology Referrals):

Post: Regional Referral Centre, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Private Bag 12024, Tauranga 3143
Fax: Regional Referral Centre 07 578 9571 (The Hospital will not accept emailed referrals)

Please note: We accept referrals from Medical Doctors, Optometrists, ED Nurse practitioners/CNS and School Vision and Hearing testers only


Please phone Tauranga Eye Specialists 07 578 7508 to speak with the duty Ophthalmologist/Registrar.
If advised/agreed urgent by the Ophthalmologist/Registrar, the referral should then be clearly marked "URGENT" and emailed or faxed directly to Tauranga Eye Specialists. Email: referrals@teye.co.nz OR Fax: 07 578 7508

  • Please do not phone cellphones – these are switched OFF during practice hours
  • Please do not mark ‘urgent’ if the eye pathology is not urgent


1. Cataracts – (please consider optometry referral in the first instance as this is faster for the patient) only refer if:

a) Binocular best corrected visual acuity is 6/12 or worse, or
b) Best corrected visual acuity in worse eye is less than 6/36

2. Children up to 4 years of age if vision is 6/18 or worse in WORSE eye (corrected or uncorrected)

Never refer without including best corrected visual acuity - binocular and for each eye separately (preverbal children excluded).

As the Ministry of Health requires ethnicity to be recorded, referrals that do not state ethnicity will be returned.


1. Pterygia unless atypical or significant corneal encroachment – ie. more than 3mm from edge of cornea

2. Childhood epiphora without infection in first twelve months

3. Adult epiphora

4. Children older than 4 years with 6/18 vision or better - refer to optometrist first

5. Meibomian (tarsal) cysts UNLESS atypical

6. Adult refractions

7. Glaucoma screening

8. Uncomplicated Ectropion / Ptosis / Eye lid Malposition

9. Hydroxychloroquine monitoring unless on treatment for 5 years or more

10. Cosmetic abnormalities without other pathology

With increasing referral numbers being received beyond capability of the service we are contracted to provide, we would appreciate it if you would consider whether optometry services would be able to solve the clinical problem you have in each case.

With thanks,

Mike O'Rourke, Mark Saunders, Sam Kain, Andrew Thompson, and Cheefoong Chong

Last updated : Thursday, October 17, 2019
Next review date : Friday, October 16,2020

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