The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Welcome to the Optometry department

The Optometry department is the largest provider of specialist hospital Optometry services in the Yorkshire region.

At present our team is made up of nineteen full time and part time Optometrists, one pre-registration optometrist and a dispensing optician as well as a small administrative support team. Click here to read more about our team.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Recovery plan

We have now restarted some of our services and we started seeing a limited number of less acute patients from Tuesday the 26th of May 2020.

The Optometry team 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 were cancelled from the 18th of March 2020 due to the coronavirus response.

All routine ophthalmology and optometry outpatients appointments were cancelled from Monday the 23rd of March 2020 at the eye clinics across the Trust.


We have now moved back in to the eye clinic in Chancellors wing having temporarily moved out on Monday the 6th of April 2020 to release space for the emergency department.

Access to the Optometry office and dispensing area in Chancellors wing remains limited at this time, however we  continue to provide telephone support as usual on 0113 2064742 for urgent queries

and through our email for non urgent queries.


We have advised patients wearing hospital issued extended wear bandage or therapeutic contact lenses to continue to wear their lenses for up to three months and only contact the eye department if their eyes become painful or their vision deteriorates.

The corneal team are reviewing all the bandage contact lens patients records to identify any patients who may need to be seen sooner and we will contact any patients who we identify as needing an earlier change of lenses. 


We thank you for your understanding.


Click here for more information on the coronavirus


What we do

The Optometry department provides a range of specialist hospital optometry services to patients from Leeds, Yorkshire and from across the North of England.

The Optometry team consists of highly qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians who deliver a range of modern optometric core and enhanced services.

Non medical prescribing

The Optometry department has now supported the Consultant Optometrist, Principal Optometrist and eight of our Specialist Optometrists to gain Optometric independent prescribing qualifications. Allowing them to prescribe medication for eye patients in the Acute Referral (Eye Casualty) clinics, Glaucoma, Anterior segment clinics, Medical retina and YAG laser clinics at the main eye clinic based at St. James's University Hospital as well as in Glaucoma clinics at Seacroft Hospital and clinics at Wharfedale Hospital.

Click here to find out more about Optometric Independent prescribing

Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Low Vision and Paediatric qualifications

Many of our Specialist Optometrists have higher qualifications related to the enhanced clinical roles they perform. These include diplomas and professional certificates in contact lenses, Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Low vision and paediatric eye care.

These form part of a range of post graduate higher qualifications developed by the College of Optometrists.

Click here for more information on Optometric higher qualifications .

Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 Hospital Optometrists Conference took place in Belfast for the first time, over the weekend of the 9th to the 10th of November, attended by Hospital optometrists from all over the country, including members of the Optometry department at Leeds.



Hospital Optometry

Consultant Optometrists and Heads of Optometry Services across the country discuss their experiences of a career in Hospital optometry in a video filmed by Optometry Tomorrow at the 2015 Hospital Optometrists Annual Conference.

Please note that this video will play from the Association of Optometrists YouTube site

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Dispensing service

We are the only hospital department in the Yorkshire area able to offer a specialised hospital based spectacle dispensing service to the Trust's Optometry and Ophthalmology patients, as such we also receive tertiary referrals for complex spectacle dispensing from other hospital eye departments around Yorkshire.

Please be aware that we are only offering a very limited dispensing service at present due to the present COVID-19 situation.

Click here to find out more about our dispensing services.

Pre-Registration Optometrist

Our present pre-registration optometrist began her thirteen month training contract with us at the end of July 2019. Having recently successfully completed her third assessment, from an external assessor from the College of Optometrists, she would normally have been having her final external assessment as part of her PRP (pre-registration period). At present the College of Optometrists and the General Optical Council have suspended the PRP due to the on-going COVID-19 situation, we hope to support our staff in completing this process once the present situation has resolved.

Three of our previous Pre-Registration Optometrists having successfully completed their Pre-registration period (PRP) continued working for us as a qualified optometrist in our fixed term two year Resident Optometrist role. The Resident Optometrist post is designed to provide experience and opportunities to develop skills in enhanced optometric roles for newly qualified optometrists. This has allowed two of our colleagues to move on to permanent full time positions within the Hospital eye service in Optometry departments in the North East of England and Scotland.

In order to become a registered Optometrist you must successfully complete a degree in Optometry followed by a period of supervised training in an Optometry practice, with a number of assessments and a final practical examination.

The Optometry department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of only a few hospital Optometry departments that employs a Pre-registration Optometrist annually. At present on a fixed term thirteen month training contract, usually from July to the end of August of the following year.

Click here to find out more about our Pre-registration year.



Low Vision service

We were pleased to be recognised for good practice in a recent healthwatch Leeds report earlier this year  "Staff who work at the busy low vision clinics in both St. James's and Seacroft hospitals were helpful to patients."