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Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine which deals with the diseases and surgery of the visual senses, including the eye, brain, and areas surrounding the eye, such as the eyelids. The Ophthalmology department at Universit​y Hospitals has seven Consultant Ophthalmologists, and the eye service is supported by the Orthoptic Department, Optometrist, and Low Vision Refraction Service. There is also a Low Vision Nurse Service. 

Covid-19 appointment update

We opened our suite at County Hospital shortly before the outbreak of Covid-19 as a means of reducing waiting times for this important service.  Whilst we endeavour to accommodate patients on the site nearest to where they live, we are now restricted with face-to-face appointments because of social distancing and additional cleaning requirements.

We encourage patients, wherever possible, to attend the appointment offered, even if this is at a different site to their normal attendance. However, we do recognise that for some patients this might be difficult. Should you wish to be seen at Royal Stoke University Hospital and receive what might be a later appointment, this can be arranged by calling the main hospital number (01782 715444) and then selecting 'appointments team'.

Royal Stoke University Hospital​

We are based in the Main Building​.  Contact us on:​

  • Enquiries - 01782 674100

  • Appointments - 01782 676676

County Hospital

​Orthoptics: 01785 230240 ext 4240

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  • Assessment of visual development
  • Cycloplegic refraction for glasses, if medically required
  • Orthoptic assessment for squint
  • Treatment for allergic and infected eye disease
  • The management of eyelid cysts
  • Screening for retinopathy of prematurity ​ 

​​Sub-specia​list services

  • Front of the eye
  • Corneal problems
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Vitreous and Retinal problems
  • Diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Eye Position and Movement Disorders (Squints)
  • Non Surgical and Surgical Treatment

​Comprehensive Oculoplastic, Lacrimal and Orbit/Socket Service

  • This provides care for patients with problems around the eye, including:
  • Eye Plastic problems: Drooping eyelids, Out-turning and In-turning eyelids
  • Eyelid tumours
  • Minor Operations list weekly
  • Botulinum Toxin Clinic for blepharospasm every 6 weeks
  • Watery eyes, lacrimal / tear duct problems
  • Nurse led epilation clinic weekly
  • Eye socket problems: tumours, thyroid eye disease, fractures
  • Artificial Eye Service clinic weekly

The department is well equipped with the latest technology, allowing us to deliver consultations and operations at the highest possible standard.