General Ophthalmology

What Is Covered Under The General Ophthalmology Service

The general ophthalmology clinic is available to see and treat all non-urgent eye related issues for patients aged 16+ upon receipt of a referral from your GP/optician. 

If surgery is required following your appointment this can also be carried out at EVMC with a consultant ophthalmologist

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Preperations Before Your Appointment

Please bring your glasses and a list of your current medication with you to the appointment. 

The doctor may put drops in your eyes to enlarge your pupils in order to get a better view inside your eyes. You should not drive until the effects of these drops have worn off, which may take a few hours.


What Will Happen At Your Appointment

At your appointment you will initially see a technician who will undertake some tests on your eyes.  You will receive one or more of the following:  

  • Visual acuity will be checked – this is a measure of the ability of the eye to distinguish shapes and the details of objects at a given distance.
  • Photos may be taken of both eyes using an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine – this a non-invasive diagnostic instrument used for imaging the retina.
  • Visual fields may be checked using a Humphrey Field Analyser to make sure you don’t have any abnormal blind spots. This can take up to 15 minutes.
  • The pressures of your eyes may be checked using a handheld tool.

Following the tests with the technician you will then be seen by the doctor who will carry out some further tests and decide how best to manage your presenting complaint.


Follow Up

If the doctor would like to see you again in clinic as part of your treatment, this will be highlighted to you at your appointment. 

We will be touch to book a follow up appointment for you at the specified interval.


Need To Cancel Your Appointment

If for any reason you cannot attend an appointment, please contact the Clinical Services Reception as soon as possible to arrange a new appointment. 
 Monday - Friday 8am - 5:00pm 
01227 284314 or 01227 284315