The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Wetherby Eye Clinic

The award winning Wetherby Eye Clinic provides a Consultant Led Adult NHS Community Ophthalmology Service, in a unique partnership between Leeds Teaching Hospitals Eye department and Appleson Optometrists, a community optometry practice in Wetherby. 

This service is provided by a team of Specialist Optometrists and Consultant Ophthalmologists who also work at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Specialist Optometrists:




Ann Barrett MSc MCOptom     DipGlauc DipTp(IP)

Paul Appleson



Paul Appleson MSc MCOptom     DipGlauc DipTp(IP)      



Mr Peter Galloway MBBS, BMedSci, FRCOphth      

Prof Bernie Chang BSc, MBChB, FRCSEd (Ophth), FRCOphth

The Wetherby Eye clinics visiting consultant ophthalmologists, Mr Peter Galloway and Professor Bernie Chang, offer monthly clinics, for more complex cases or if assessment for surgery is required.

Feedback: Can be provided direct to referring clinicians, including community optometrists via an account

As part of the Leeds Any Qualified Provider 'AQP' Ophthalmology network, GPs and community optometrists can refer patients directly for a range of non-urgent eye conditions, allowing patients to be seen closer to home and usually much sooner than waiting for a hospital appointment.


How do I make an appointment with this service?

To be seen in the clinic you would normally be referred by your GP, optometrist or ophthalmologist. Patients must be over 17.

Referral options for GPs and Optometrists

  • E-refer (C&B):             ‘Glaucoma and General Ophthalmology – Wetherby Eye Clinic’
  • Secure email:     
  • Fax:                  01937 589848
  • Post:                Wetherby Eye Clinic, 43 Market Place, Wetherby LS22 6LN


There is a form for direct referral to this service for community optometrists

Outside area referrals: Although originally set up for patients within the Leeds (including Wetherby) NHS area, the Wetherby Eye clinic is now able to see patients who are registered with GPs outside the area e.g. Harrogate, York.

The Wetherby Eye clinic cannot offer hospital transport to and from the clinic, although some elderly Wetherby patients are eligible for ‘WiSE’ transport (see

Conditions treated

  • Glaucoma/ ocular hypertension
  • External eye disease/ blepharitis
  • Cysts, chalazions and other eyelid lesions excluding those with malignancy concerns – monthly minor ops clinic available
  • Watery and dry eyes
    • Non-acute flashes and floaters (i.e. >2 weeks)
    • Retinal and optic disc problems excluding emergencies
    • Dry age-related macular degeneration
    • Non-neurological blurred vision
    • Pigmented iris and retinal lesions
    • Painful eyes
    • Visual field loss
    • Other miscellaneous non urgent general ophthalmology conditions


  • 16 years of age and under
  • Cancer
  • Acute visual field loss
  • Acute neurological
  • Paediatrics
  • Strong suspicion of wet ARMD
  • Strong suspicion of keratoconus
  • Urgent A&E care e.g. red eye/diplopia/acute flashes and floaters/foreign bodies
  • Eye motility problems
  • Cataract with no other pathology should be referred direct to surgical providers



Normally these clinics run throughout the week in the Wetherby Eye Clinic, 43 Market Place, Wetherby LS22 6LN.

There is more information about this service on the Wetherby eye clinic web page



National Opticians Award won by Appleson Optometrists/ Wetherby Eye Clinic

Appleson Optometrists/ Wetherby Eye Clinic have been awarded the prestigious national 2020 Opticians Award for Best Enhanced Optical Service.

The annual awards hosted by Optician magazine are given as accolades to eye care professionals in the UK for excellence across a wide range of categories and are a highlight of the optical calendar.

The Enhanced Optical Service Award is given to the practice that has shown how it has responded to the challenge of providing enhanced community eyecare and specialist services within the NHS, through working with Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Hospital Eye Service and other providers.

Wetherby Eye Clinic was set up as a unique partnership between Appleson Optometrists and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, providing a community ophthalmology service in the practice, delivered in part by specialist optometrists with Higher Diplomas in Glaucoma and Independent Prescribing status. Patients can be seen locally rather than attending the hospital eye clinics.

The judges praised "a near flawless entry which highlighted methods the whole of the profession should be developing. This practice provided the widest range of enhanced services and works well with all allied professionals".

Owner and optometrist Paul Appleson received the award on behalf of the practice. "We are delighted to win the award, as it recognises the value of our innovative business model that doesn't rely on sales of products, bringing together the drive of the NHS to move services into the community, with utilisation of our higher specialist qualifications in the practice. Patients have really appreciated the convenience and quality of the service."

The clinic provides consultant led glaucoma and general ophthalmology services for patients in the Wetherby and North Leeds areas, as part of the Leeds Community Ophthalmology Network.

The video of the ceremony can be viewed at with this award showing at 28 mins 10secs.

For further information contact: Paul Appleson

Appleson Optometrists/Wetherby Eye Clinic

43 Market Place

Wetherby LS22 6LN

07855 289214