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The Ophthalmology (eye) Unit and Eye Casualty

The Eye Unit was opened in 1968. It eye
includes an in-patient ward with adjacent
day-bed unit.

The outpatient department runs general and specialist clinics and eye casualty, and there is also an excellent Orthoptic Department.

Slit-lamp and indirect argon lasers, Nd.-YA laser and photodynamic therapy are available.

The department has fluoroscein angiography, digital photography, A & B-scan ultrasound, corneal topography, OCT ultrasound pachymetry and IOL master biometry available. There are currently plans to redevelop and expand the outpatient department.

The RBH hospital eye service has seven consultants covering a wide range
of ophthalmic disease, all based full or part time at the RBH. There are three associate specialists, two clinical assistants, two staff grades, four specialist registrars and one specialty trainee (VTS). The RBH consultant ophthalmologists all undertake general ophthalmology with special interests:

Miss A S Bacon Oculoplastics
Mr P H  Constable Glaucoma
Mr A N El-Amir Vitreoretinal
Mr Hildebrand Paediatric
Mr M Leyland Corneal/external disease
Mr A R Pearson Lacrimal/oculoplastic
Miss S Rao Glaucoma
Miss A Smith Diabetes and Medical Retina
Mr V Tanner Vitreoretinal         
Miss SL Watson Medical retina

Jane Tapley Head Orthoptist
Sheila Gibson Outpatient Sister
Tristram Mills Matron
Janet Gatherer Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Ganesh Naik  Eye Casualty Charge Nurse

Eye Casualty
Accident & Emergency service

This department is for eye accidents and emergencies that have occurred in the last 48 hours. Please ring 0118 322 8855 to speak to an eye trained member of staff.   You will be triage over the phone and decide whether you need to attend. A time slot will be given for your visit. Alternatively, you can come in to the department where you will be assessed.

The department is open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and from 9am and 12.30pm at the weekend.

We are closed on Christmas and New Year's day. Out of these hours please visit the Accident and Emergency Department for urgent eye treatment.

Please contact us if you have any of the following:

  • Chemical liquids splashed into the eye
  • Cuts or lacerations to the eye lids
  • Penetrating eye injury
  • Sudden, painful eye causing sickness and feeling unwell
  • A red, painful eye after surgery
  • Rapid loss of vision following corneal graft surgery
  • Shadow/curtain across vision, increase in flashing lights/floaters
  • Red, painful eye associated with contact lens wear    
  • Sudden painless loss of vision
  • If you are a regular patient of ours and you are concered about your eye.

Common eye problems such as conjunctivitis and styes should firstly be seen by a GP, Pharmacist or at a walk-in clinic. 

pdf logo  Your journey through Eye Casualty 

General enquiries

To enquire about a new clinic appointment please call the Contact Centre on 0845 900 7000.

To enquire about a follow up clinic appointment please call the Eye Clinic Reception on 0118 322 7169.  


Useful Contacts

Eye Block, Level 2
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road

0118 322 7169

Eye Casualty
0118 322 8855
(out of hours please contact A&E 0118 322 7020)