Ophthalmology (Eye Care)
About the service
Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that deals with conditions that affect the eyes. Ophthalmology includes areas which deal either with certain diseases or diseases of certain parts of the eye. Some of them are:
- Cornea or the surface of the eye
- Medical retina, which deals with conditions in a non-surgical way
- Ocular plastics and eye orbit surgery
- Paediatric ophthalmology (children’s eye services)
- Refractive surgery
- Retinal surgery
Ophthalmology services include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases that affect the eye in both adults and children. Services also include orthoptics, hospital optometry, low vision and artificial eye.
How to access the service
Patients can be referred to ophthalmology by their optometrist, GP or another clinician.
Eye Casualty is located in the Royal Victoria Hospital. Eye Casualty provides a referral-only service for patients who require emergency or urgent eye care.