The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Medical Retina clinics

The Medical Retina team diagnoses, monitors and treats conditions that affect the lining of the back of the eye, called the retina. Common conditions include age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion and inherited retinal diseases.


The team comprises Ophthalmologists and non-medical, Retina Specialist Practitioners, Specialist Optometrists and Medical Illustration staff.


When required, treatment options for retinal conditions most often involve laser, drugs and/or surgery. A number of conditions are treated by injections of drugs into the eye itself. These not only help to stabilise vision but can also improve vision in some cases. At present the injection service is located in the Macular Treatment Suite at Seacroft Hospital.


The Medical Retina Consultant Ophthalmologists are Mr Timothy Dabbs, Mr Martin McKibbin, Mr Raj Mukherjee and Mr Damian O'Neill.


The Medical Retina service is actively involved in clinical research. Please ask if there are any research projects that may be relevant to you.


Recovery plan

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.

Ophthalmology and Optometry have now moved back into the eye clinic in Chancellors wing having temporarily moved out from Monday the 6th of April 2020 to release space for the emergency department.

The Ophthalmology team continues to provide emergency eye care, in the Acute referral clinics (ARC) which are being delivered from the refractive unit (St. James's Laser Vision) next to the main eye clinic at the St. James's University hospital site at present.

The Medical retina 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.



How do I make an appointment with this service?

To be seen in the clinic you must usually be referred by your GP, optometrist or ophthalmologist.


Normally these clinics run throughout the week in the main Eye clinic, Ground floor, Chancellor wing, St. James's University Hospital. There are also clinics in the Macular Treatment Suite at Seacroft Hospital.


Waiting times

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.