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 emergencies, outpatients 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.