Ophthalmology

Caring for patients with eye conditions or injuries to their eyes.

The Royal Cornwall ophthalmology service looks after patients who have eye conditions or injuries to their eyes.

We assess, treat and carry out eye surgery through a consultant-led local eye hospital service at eight locations across Cornwall. We see around 34,000 outpatients each year at our clinics in the Scilly Isles, Penzance, Helston, Falmouth, Truro, Redruth, St. Austell, and Bodmin.

We care for patients with a wide-range of eye conditions such as squints, lazy eye or double vision, help prevent blindness due to diabetes and offer modern treatment for Wet Age-Related Macular degeneration.

Eye emergencies

Our Emergency Eye Service is run by trained nurses and medical staff. Our ophthalmologists also operate an on­-call out­-of-­hours service, which GPs can refer patients to if necessary. Please call 01872 253788.

Eye surgery

We carry out modern eye surgery at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro and West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance for conditions as diverse as eyelid diseases, squints and cataracts.

These are usually carried out in a day and patients do not stay overnight.

Our surgical results are consistently as good as, or better than, national standards in the UK.

Orthoptic department

Our orthoptic department screens for and treats children’s eye conditions such as squint and lazy eye, as well as adult squints and double vision.

Cornwall Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service

We are also part of the widely­-praised Cornwall Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service (DRSS), which prevents blindness due to diabetes by examining and, if necessary, efficiently treating over 90% of all diabetic patients in the county. You can find out more about the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme on our Diabetes page.

Referrals to Ophthalmology

Your GP will be able to refer you to Ophthalmology.

Referral form for Wet Age-Related Macular degeneration

If you would like to refer a patient with suspected Wet Age-Related Macular degeneration, please use the Wet ARMD Rapid Access Form (downloads a Word document).

Directions to the Eye Unit

The Eye Unit is on the ground floor of the Tower Block at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske, Truro.

From Tower Block entrance

As you enter the Tower Block, turn left, continue past reception and the friends cafe until the lifts are in front of you. Turn left and the Eye Unit is straight ahead.

From Trelawney Main Entrance

If you enter from the main hospital entrance, go past the cafe (on your right) and WH Smiths (on your left). Head to the end of the corridor and go down the stairs or take the lift to the ground floor. Go left and this will bring you to the Lloyds Pharmacy shop (on your left). Continue along this corridor, right to the end and then turn right to enter the Tower Block. The Eye Unit is on your right, just after the toilet and before you reach Tower reception.

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