Ophthalmology

The Eye Hospital on the HRI site was built in 2003 and is the home of the Trust’s award winning ophthalmology services.

The primary aim of the service is to meet the eye health needs of the 600k population residing throughout the city of Kingston upon Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire and a wider tertiary catchment area by providing a comprehensive range of general and specialised eye services.

The service is recognised for the quality of its teaching and research and is a strong leader in terms of driving forward innovative ways of working.

The service delivers a range of acute, routine and tertiary acute services including consultation, specialised imaging and diagnostics, elective and emergency medical and surgical treatments, follow up care, monitoring of eye conditions and delivery of long term treatment programmes.

Ophthalmology Sub-Specialties

  • Intravitreal Injection Service, including:
    • Wet Macular Degeneration
    • Retinal Vein Occlusion
    • Diabetic Macular Oedema
  • Corneal and Anterior Segment Service
  • Diabetic Eye Screening (Provided by a different team in the Trust)
  • Diabetic Eye Service
  • Emergency Eye Clinic
  • Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) Team – emotional and practical support for patients with visual problems
  • First Contact
  • Glaucoma Service
  • Laser Service, including:
  • Low Visual Aid Service
  • Medical Retina Service
  • Oculo-Plastics
  • Ocular Motility
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Optometric Service
  • Orthoptic Services
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology
  • Vitreo Retinal Surgery

Ophthalmic Surgery

The service provides a range of surgical procedures to treat a wide variety of ophthalmic conditions, within state of the art facilities.

There are broadly eight types of ophthalmic surgery provided at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, these are:

  • Cataract Surgery  – replacing the cloudy lens inside your eye (cataract) with an artificial clear lens
  • Corneal disease surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Oculoplastics, lacrimal and orbit surgery
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Strabismus (squint) surgery
  • Surgery for eye trauma

The team has run a streamlined one-stop cataract service for a number of years, were patients are referred directly from their Optometrist/GP into a dedicated cataract clinic. This has been consultant-led with patients being pre-assessed, consented and offered a date for surgery all within one visit.