Vitreous Floaters

  • Related keywords: floaters, black dots, vitrectomy, laser vitreolysis
  • Date: 19 Apr 2017
  • Who applies for funding: General Practitioner (GP)

Referral Route:

Individual Funding Request Panel (IFR)

Referral for the following interventions can only be made following authorisation from the CCG Individual Funding Request Panel. Applications should only be made to the Individual Funding Request Panel 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. 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.

Floaters are small shapes that some people see floating in their field of vision. They can be different shapes and sizes and may look like, tiny black dots, small, shadowy dots, larger cloud-like spots, long, narrow strands. Patients may have many small floaters in their field of vision or just one or two larger ones. Most floaters are small and quickly move out of the field of vision. Floaters are often most noticeable when looking at a light-coloured background, such as a white wall or clear sky.

They are caused by pieces of debris which float in the vitreous humour and can cast shadows on the retina.

Cover for Policy for Vitreous Floaters

Policy for Vitreous Floaters

Cover for Individual Funding Request (IFR) Application form

Individual Funding Request (IFR) Application form

This form must be completed when applying for treatments that are not normally commissioned by Bristol CCG. Please refer to the Interventions Not Normally Funded List (INNF) before making an application.