Ophthalmologists and Specialist Optometrists normally 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.
Click here to download the RNIB leaflet Understanding Glaucoma.
Glaucoma clinics supported by the Glaucoma Specialist Optometrists normally 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.
We have now restarted some of our services and from Tuesday the 26th of May 2020 we have started seeing a small number of less acute patients. The Ophthalmology consultants have been identifying and prioritising patients who need to be seen when services re start and we will be contacting patients to arrange appropriate appointments.
All elective ophthalmology surgery and non urgent procedures remain cancelled due to the coronavirus.
All routine ophthalmology outpatients appointments were cancelled from Monday the 23rd of March 2020.
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.
All routine ophthalmology and optometry outpatients appointments were cancelled from Monday the 23rd of March 2020 at the eye clinics across the Trust, including routine GMU follow up appointments. GMU clinics have not yet restarted.
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 normally run on Monday and Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon in the Eye clinic at Seacroft Hospital.