Ophthalmologists and Specialist Optometrists provide a range of glaucoma clinics within the Trust, to assess and manage patients with glaucoma.
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions that cause permanent sight loss by damaging your optic nerve. Glaucoma can be caused by raised eye pressure or a weakness in your optic nerve.
Your eye needs a certain amount of pressure to keep the eyeball healthy and in the right shape. But if the pressure is too high, it can cause your optic nerve to become damaged at the point where it leaves your eye.
Glaucoma clinics supported by the Glaucoma Specialist Optometrists run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings alongside the Ophthalmological glaucoma clinic at the Eye clinic at Seacroft Hospital. Stand alone glaucoma clinics are normally provided by Glaucoma Specialist Optometrists on Wednesday afternoons at Wharfedale General Hospital.
The Glaucoma Consultant Ophthalmologists are Mr Peter Galloway and Miss Salina Siddiqui.
Routine ophthalmology outpatients appointments were cancelled from Monday the 23rd of March 2020 and restarted from Tuesday the 26th of May 2020 and we are now seeing a reduced number of routine patients .
We have been accepting routine referrals again from July 2020.
The Ophthalmology consultants continue to identify and prioritise new and follow up patients on the basis of clinical need.
We are contacting patients to arrange appropriate appointments in order of their clinical need.
Please be aware that, due to the backlog caused by the COVID-10 response, this means that our less urgent new and follow up patients will regrettably have a longer wait for an appointment than usual.
All elective ophthalmology surgery and non urgent procedures remain limited due to the coronavirus.
The Glaucoma team are reviewing the records for their patients affected by the COVID-19 response and identifying those who need to be seen urgently as part of their management.
Glaucoma Monitoring unit (GMU)
A Glaucoma monitoring unit normally provides clinical measurements of stable glaucoma patients, these clinical measurements are assessed in a virtual management clinic by our Glaucoma Consultant Ophthalmologists.
How do I make an appointment with this service?
To be seen in the clinic you must usually be referred by your GP, or your community optometrist.
Please be aware that you may have a series of examinations from a range of clinicians and your appointment may take up to two hours to be completed from the time your appointment is booked.
Glaucoma clinics run on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Thursday morning and afternoon in the Eye clinic at Seacroft Hospital.
As well as on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings at Wharfedale Hospital.