Ophthalmology at Luton & Dunstable



The Eye Department at Luton and Dunstable Hospital provides a full spectrum of ophthalmic services.  These include:

  • Cataract surgery. Besides GP referrals to the One-stop Service, an enhanced direct referral scheme will soon be in operation whereby accredited optometrists refer directly for surgery.
  • Specialist diabetic, macular degeneration, glaucoma, paediatric, corneal & anterior segment services.
  • The diabetic and the macular degeneration services offer a full spectrum of investigations including oculo-coherent tomography (OCT), digital photography and fluorescein angiography along with the ability to treat with diode red, yellow, green or micropulse infrared laser and intra-vitreal therapies as appropriate to patients' needs.
  • The glaucoma service has available YAG, diode & SLT lasers for in clinic treatment. An HRT machine enables rapid assessment of glaucomatous optic disc damage.
  • The vitreo-retinal service is provided by Mr Martin Snead, a visiting consultant from Addenbrookes' Hospital, Cambridge.
  • Acute clinics run every day Mon - Fri for the treatment of ophthalmic emergencies.  Optometrists & GP s can refer urgent cases to the clinic via: 01582 718320 or bleep the ophthalmologist on-call via L&D switchboard.
  • Out of Hours Service - available between
    • 17:00-21:00 weekdays Bank Holidays
    • 09:00-21:00 at the weekend.
    • This service covers both Bedford Hospital and the L&D, referrals are received from the Emergency Departments, GP s & optometrists.

Ophthalmology Procedures  and Clinics  

  • Cataract surgery (small incision, no suture, injectable implants)
  • Squint surgery for children and adults
  • Glaucoma surgery and laser treatments
  • Corneal transplant and pterygium surgery
  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Laser treatment for diabetic eye disease
  • Intra-vitreal therapies for medical retinal conditions

Ophthalmology Clinics  

One Stop Cataract - Mon am; Tues pm; Wed am; Thurs pm; Fri am
Paediatric Ophthalmology - Mon pm
Glaucoma - Wed & Thurs am
Corneal-External Eye - Wed & Thurs pm
Vitreo-retinal - Tues am
Medical Retinal - Mon pm; Tues am; Wed pm; Thurs am; Fri am
Orthoptic Service - Mon pm; Tues
Oculoplastic Service - Fri pm
Laser Clinic - Throughout the week
Acute Clinic - Throughout the week
Low visual aids - Monday am & pm

Contacting Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Switchboard Tel: 0845 127 0127
Eye Clinic Reception      Tel:  0845 127 0127 ext 2159
Eye Clinic Sister             Tel:  0845 127 0127 ext 2458
Service Manager: Gemma Noakes Tel: 01582 718194

Who to Refer

For elective cataract surgery, only patients who meet  the following clinical thresholds should be considered

  • Reduced VA documented to be at least 6/12 or worse in the affected eye.


  • Impairment of lifestyle such as:
    the Px is at significant risk of falls
    OR the Px vision is affecting their ability to drive
    OR the Px vision is substantially affecting their ability to work
    OR the Px vision is substantially affecting their ability to undertake leisure activities such as reading, watching TV or recognising faces


  • willingness to have the cataract surgery.


Sight Concern, Bedford Office, Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, BEDFORD
MK42 9AZ, Telephone: 01234-311555, office@sightconcern.org.uk

Royal College of Ophthalmologists; www.rcophth.ac.uk

RNIB; www.rnib.org.uk or www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk

Last updated: 22/05/2013

Update due: 22/05/2014