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The Eye Department care for patients with a wide range of eye problems from common complaints to more unusual conditions or emergencies.

On each visit to the department you will be required to have your vision tested so please ensure you have your glasses with you. It might also be necessary to dilate your pupils to allow the doctor to examine the back of the eye. The drops can cause blurred vision so our advice is not to drive to your appointment. Parents may be given eye drops to instil at home for children having sight tests. These need to be instilled half an hour before leaving home. Patients may be required to have a number of different diagnostic tests or assessment carried out during the same appointment, so please be prepared to allow time for these.

For information on a range of eye conditions, treatments and keeping your eyes healthy, visit the NHS Choices website.

Some of the procedures carried out by the Eye Department include:

  • Blepharoplasty - surgical modification of the eyelid. Excess tissue such as skin and fat are removed or repositioned and surrounding muscles and tendons may be reinforced. It can be both a functional and cosmetic surgery.
  • Cataract surgery - is the removal of the natural lens of the eye (also called "crystalline lens") that has developed an opacification.
  • Corneal retrievals - removal of an eye from a donor for corneal transplant.
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) - is a surgical procedure to restore the flow of tears into the nose from the lacrimal sac when the nasolacrimal duct does not function.
  • Epilation - the removal of abnormally growing eyelashes.
  • Fundus Fluorescein Angiography - this is a diagnostic procedure, when a dye is injected into a vein in your arm or hand and sets of digital photographs are taken to display the blood vessels at the back of your eye. It shows any abnormal blood vessels and any leaking spots causing your eye problems.
  • Intravitreal injections - injections of medication into the vitreous jelly at the back of the eye usually for the treatment of macular degeneration.
  • Lacrimal (tear ducts) syringing- a small tube is used to flush normal saline through the lacrimal apparatus in order to diagnose a blockage/partial blockage.
  • Laser Treatment - an increased understanding of laser-tissue interactions in ophthalmology has led to the use of lasers in treating a wide spectrum of diseases involving both the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. These diseases include diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataract.
  • Removal of foreign bodies - the removal of metal, plastic, vegetation etc from the eye.
  • Squint Surgery - strabismus is a condition in which the eyes point in different directions. Other terms used to describe strabismus are "squint", "wandering eye", "cross eyed", or a "lazy eye". In many cases of strabismus, surgery is the only effective treatment. The aims of strabismus surgery are: to eliminate double vision if present, to improve three-dimensional vision, to eliminate an abnormal head posture, and also to improve psychosocial function.
  • Trabeculectomy - a surgical procedure used in the treatment of glaucoma to relieve intraocular pressure by removing part of the eye's trabecular meshwork and adjacent structures. It is the most common glaucoma surgery performed and allows drainage of aqueous humor from within the eye to underneath the conjunctiva where it is absorbed.
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery - vitreoretinal surgery encompasses the surgical procedures performed on the vitreous (the jelly that lies behind the lens) and the retina (the thin membrane at the back of the eye that translates light energy into electrical energy to allow the eye to see). Diseases of the retina that can be successfully treated include macular holes, epi-retinal membranes, vitreous haemorrhages, diabetic eye disease, uveitis certain types of macular degeneration and retinal detachments.

Contact us

The Eye Department
St Mary's Hospital
Parkhurst Road
Isle of Wight
PO30 5TG

Eye Reception: 01983 534611 (for general enquiries)

Clinic Hours
Monday,Tuesday,Thursday 08:30 to 7pm (Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth on call from 7pm to 9am and temporarily Wednesday 5pm till 9 am).

Out of Hours
Southampton General Hospital from Friday 5pm until Monday 9am

All eye accidents and emergencies should attend the Emergency department where appropriate treatment can be initiated swiftly. Emergency cases will usually be seen by the Doctor on call.

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