Ophthalmology (eye) care

Please click the links below for information on our Ophthalmology (eye) care department:


What is it?

What do we do?

Where do we offer this service?

When do we offer this service?

Who should you contact?

Patient Information leaflets

Further advice and resources

Community services


What is it?

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that studies the physiology, anatomy and pathology of the eyes and its surrounding structures. It also involves the diagnosis, medical or surgical treatment of conditions of the eye and its surrounding structures.


  • An Ophthalmologist is a medically qualified Doctor in the field of Ophthalmology
  • An Optometrist is a medical professional who examines and tests the eyes for disease and treats visual disorders by prescribing corrective lenses and/or vision therapy. Some Optometrists are licensed to use diagnostic and therapeutic drugs to treat certain eye or sight diseases.
  • An Optician is another name for an Optometrist, but is also a general name used to refer to a Dispensing Optician (a person who supplies and fits spectacle frames but is not qualified to prescribe lenses).
  • An Orthoptist is a person qualified to evaluate and advise on non-surgical treatment of visual conditions caused by an imbalance of the eye muscles, such as strabismus (crossed eyes).

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What do we do?

Our aim is to provide the best possible eye care in a modern environment with the most up-to-date equipment available.

Our excellent team of dedicated Doctors, Nurses, Opticians, Orthoptists and many other support staff provide a wide range of eye care services to children and adults.


The services and clinics we offer include:


  • Medical and surgical Ophthalmology services (except orbital and vitreo-retinal surgery)
  • Elective (planned) and emergency services, covering all three hospitals
  • General Ophthalmology clinics
  • Oculoplastics and lacrimal services, including nurse-led cyst and lacrimal clinics
  • Cornea and anterior segment services, including donor retrieval
  • Glaucoma services (medical and surgical, including being one of the first national centres to offer selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT))
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) clinics
  • Medical retinal and uveitis clinics
  • Diabetic virtual screening clinics
  • Children’s ophthalmology, including retinopathy of prematurity screening, and strabismus. We work closely with teachers of children with visual impairment
  • Adult strabismus clinics
  • Cataract clinics, biometry services, pre-operative assessments
  • Laser clinics, including: cyclodiode, Nd:YAG, SLT and Pascal Argon lasers
  • Orthoptic services, perimetry (visual fields or peripheral vision checks), community pre-school vision screening services
  • Optometrist-led clinics – glaucoma clinics
  • Low vision aid (LVA) clinic
  • Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLO) – support services
  • Providing a Certificate of Visual Impairment or Registration for partially-sighted and severely sight-impaired individuals
  • Ophthalmic imaging: corneal topography, optic disc scanning (GDx), optical coherence tomography (OCT), anterior and posterior segment photography, fundus fluorescein (FFA) and indocyanine green angiography (ICGA), B-scan ultrasound, high frequency ultrasound biomicroscopy (HFUBM).


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Where do we offer this service?

Ophthalmology services are available across all three of our hospitals, as well as with General Practitioners (GPs), walk-in centres and Opticians in the local area.


Dewsbury and District Hospital:

Outpatient clinics – blue desk, ground floor

Surgical services – Boothroyd Centre (adults and paediatrics)


Pontefract Hospital:

Outpatient clinics – Floor B, first floor clinics

Surgical services – day cases, on Level D, (adults only)


Pinderfields Hospital:

Outpatient clinics – The Eye Centre

Surgical services – Dedicated Ophthalmology theatre, Level D (adult day cases)



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When do we offer this service?

Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5.00pm.


Who should you contact?

Visits to our Ophthalmology clinic are by appointment only and we do not provide a walk-in service.

If you have any concerns with your vision or your eyes, please contact your General Practitioner (GP), your local Optician, Walk-in centre or, in an emergency, the Emergency Department (ED) at hospital.

To contact the Department please call:

Tel: 01924 541000

Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, Saturday, from 9am to 12pm, closed Sunday.

To change or cancel your appointment online, please visit the Your appointment section to change it.


Patient Information leaflets

Cataracts and their treatment [pdf] 98KB

Conjunctivitis.pdf 90KB

Floaters[pdf] 88KB

Iritis or uveitis [pdf] 91KB

Information you need to know before having corneal graft surgery [pdf] 108KB

Minor Lid surgery [pdf] 106KB

Preparing for laser tretament for diabetic retinopathyand masculopathy [pdf] 125KB

Retinal Vessel Occlusion [pdf] 94KB

Trabeculectomy a treatment of Glaucoma[pdf] 108KB

YAG laser treatment [pdf] 94KB

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Further advice and resources

You may find the following websites helpful:


Association of Optometrists www.assoc-optometrists.org

British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society (BRPS) www.brps.org.uk

College of Optometrists www.college-optometrists.org

Diabetes UK www.diabetes.org.uk

Effects of Smoking on Eye Health (website TBC)

General Medical Council www.gmc-uk.org

General Optical Council www.optical.org

International Glaucoma Association (IGA) www.glaucoma-association.com

Macular Disease Society (MDS) www.maculardisease.org

NHS Choices www.nhs.uk

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) www.nice.org.uk

Orthoptist.org.uk www.orthoptist.org.uk

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) www.rcn.org.uk

Royal College of Ophthalmologists www.rcophth.ac.uk

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) www.rnib.org.uk

Wakefield Optometry www.wakefieldoptometry.org.uk


Community Services

Community Orthoptic services and children’s eye screening tests are available outside the hospital. Please contact the department on 01924 541000 for further information.

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