Eye Clinic/Eye Surgery Unit
Torbay Hospital
Lowes Bridge
Torquay TQ2 7AA

Ophthalmology appointments: 01803 656350
Orthoptics appointments: 01803 656351
Eye Surgery Unit Admissions: 01803 655177


To see and treat patients with eye conditions.

The Ophthalmology services provided by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust include an outpatient diagnostic and treatment service for the management of ocular and periocular disorders, elective Inpatient and day case treatment and emergency outpatient and inpatient care. Torbay Hospital is the centre for Photodynamic Therapy for Devon and Cornwall, to treat acute macular degeneration.

Outpatient Service

The ophthalmological service is provided under the direction of Consultant Ophthalmologists at Torbay Hospital. A full Outpatient service is available, which includes assessment, investigation, diagnosis and minor operative treatment of referred patients, and screening of premature babies for retinopathy of prematurity.

Outpatient clinics are also held at Dawlish Hospital, Newton Abbot Hospital, Teignmouth Hospital and Totnes Hospital.

Management of the majority of ophthalmic problems including Argon and Nd:Yag laser treatment is provided. Tertiary referrals are made by the Ophthalmologists as required, but mainly for complex orbital problems and ocular oncology.

As well as Outpatient consultations, Torbay Hospital’s Eye Clinic has facilities for Visual Field Assessment, a Contact Lens Clinic, a Children’s Refraction Clinic, Fluorescein angiography, electro-diagnostic studies and ultrasound.

Orthoptic Service

A full orthoptic service is provided, which includes:

  • a screening programme for four year old children in the community, screening in Special Schools and the John Parkes Unit
  • the investigation and management of adults with motility disorders together with a consultant ophthalmologist
  • community clinics are held across South Devon for primary and secondary vision screening. Direct referrals can be made by the Health Visitor, School Nurse or GP
  • Clinics for SpLD run across the community
  • Accredited Optometrists are available within the community for paediatric referrals

Emergency Service

There is a 24-hour emergency cover for all patients requiring ophthalmic intervention following referral from either a General Practitioner to a member of the ophthalmic medical staff or from the Emergency Department (A&E).

Low Vision Service

This is run by Optima, a registered charity, at Dartside, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LQ.

Preventative Care

Preventative eye care includes primary screening to prevent amblyopia, detection of refractive errors and secondary screening to detect early glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity and other eye disorders.

A diabetic retinopathy screening service runs with the support of all local General Practice surgeries.

Location Of Services

Most services are provided from Torbay General Hospital’s Eye Clinic and Eye Surgery Unit. The eight Consultants within the Directorate have 10 outpatient clinics, 5-6 laser clinics and 4 pre-assessment clinics per week and 12 cataract clinics per month at Torbay. Several disorders such as corneal disease, medical retinal disease, oculoplastic problems, acute morbidity, and paediatric ophthalmology and macula disorders are separated into special clinics.

Patients referred with cataracts are seen in the Eye Surgery Unit where a comprehensive pre-operative assessment is performed and no additional appointments are required prior to their surgery.

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