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Eye Surgery Unit
Torquay TQ2 7AA
Tel: 01803 656350 (Ophthalmology appointments)
Tel: 01803 656351 (Orthoptics appointments)
To see and treat patients with eye conditions.
The Ophthalmology services provided by South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust include an outpatient diagnostic and treatment service for the management of ocular and periocular disorders, elective Inpatient and day case treatment and emergency outpatient and inpatient care. Torbay Hospital is the centre for Photodynamic Therapy for Devon and Cornwall, to treat acute macular degeneration.
The ophthalmological service is provided under the direction of Consultant Ophthalmologists at Torbay Hospital. A full Outpatient service is available, which includes assessment, investigation, diagnosis and minor operative treatment of referred patients, and screening of premature babies for retinopathy of prematurity.
Management of the majority of ophthalmic problems including Argon and Nd:Yag laser treatment is provided. Tertiary referrals are made by the Ophthalmologists as required, but mainly for complex orbital problems and ocular oncology.
As well as Outpatient consultations, Torbay Hospital's Eye Clinic has facilities for Visual Field Assessment, a Contact Lens Clinic, a Children's Refraction Clinic, Fluorescein angiography, electro-diagnostic studies and ultrasound.
A full orthoptic service is provided, which includes:
There is a 24-hour emergency cover for all patients requiring ophthalmic intervention following referral from either a General Practitioner to a member of the ophthalmic medical staff or from the Accident and Emergency Department.
This is run by Optima, a registered charity, at Dartside, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LQ.
Preventative eye care includes primary screening to prevent amblyopia, detection of refractive errors and secondary screening to detect early glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity and other eye disorders.
A diabetic retinopathy screening service runs with the support of all local General Practice surgeries.
Most services are provided from Torbay General Hospital's Eye Clinic and new Eye Surgery Unit. The seven Consultants within the Directorate have 10 outpatient clinics, 5-6 laser clinics and 4 pre-assessment clinics per week and 9 cataract clinics per month at Torbay. Several disorders such as corneal disease, medical retinal disease, oculoplastic problems, acute morbidity, and paediatric ophthalmology and macula disorders are separated into special clinics.
Patients referred with cataracts are seen in the Eye Surgery Unit where a comprehensive pre-operative assessment is performed and no additional appointments are required prior to their surgery.