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Eye unit

Changes to service during Covid-19 outbreak

In ophthalmology we are doing all we can to protect our patients and staff during the Covid-19 outbreak. This has made it essential to review our services. After careful consideration, we have limited our services to those for our patients who are most at risk of visual impairment if not seen, and we will review only our most urgent cases face to face during the outbreak.

To provide additional support to our patients we have opened a non-urgent concern or query phone line and email address. These will be staffed 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. If required your concerns or queries will be reviewed by a clinician and we will endeavour to provide a response to you with two working days.

Non-urgent concerns query line

Eye emergencies

Please see the eye emergencies pages.

Our unit

Southampton's eye unit is the leading provider of eye care services on the south coast.

As one of Southampton General Hospital's largest departments, the unit deals with around 90,000 patients annually through its eye emergenciesoutpatients and inpatients and surgery departments. The optometry department provides aids for the treatment of low vision conditions as well as contact lens fitting, and works alongside the orthoptics department to assess and treat a range of problems with eye movement and vision. We have a specialist children's eye service including family support and we operate a mobile eye unit to enable patients with certain eye conditions to be treated closer to home.

About the eye unit

The eye unit has around 200 highly-skilled staff who are experts in their field. They provide a comprehensive service for adults and children ranging from routine appointments to emergencies.

The eye unit is proud to have state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and is constantly developing new treatments for blindness.

Its strong links with the University of Southampton ensure that research into the causes and treatments for the most serious cases of previously untreatable blindness can be found.

As well as being the region's leading provider of eye care, the unit is also a major player in the research into and teaching of eye care.