Eye casualty is for eye accidents and emergencies that have occurred in the last 48 hours.
Any conditions that have been ongoing for a long time need to be discussed with your GP. Some GPs are able to refer their patients to community eye doctors, where you can have a booked appointment closer to home.
If you think you have a minor eye problem (such as conjunctivitis or styes), or a query, please consider discussing the matter with your GP, pharmacist or community optician.
Please attend Eye Casualty urgently if you have any of the following:
If you attend Eye Casualty, please avoid driving as we will potentially need to dilate your pupils, which will blur your vision for several hours.
Also, please be mindful this is an emergency service and, as such, you can experience long waiting times. Please allow plenty of time when visiting us.
The department is open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and from 9am and 12.30pm at the weekend and bank holidays.
We are closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.
Out of these hours please visit the Emergency Department for urgent eye treatment.
For GPs looking for advice, please ring Switchboard and request to be connected to the Ophthalmology GP Trainee.
Park in the multi-storey and exit via Level 2, Main Reception. Follow the signs for 'all wards and departments' and take a right at the Welcome Desk. Eye Casualty is on your immediate left.
Eye Block, Level 2
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Reading RG1 5AN
(out of hours please contact A&E 0118 322 7019)