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Optometry

Head: Angela Carson

Deputy: Bernie Hegarty

GARTNAVEL GENERAL HOSPITAL

Staffed by eight full-time and 7 part-time staff (1–4 sessions). Some GGH staff provide optometry services at Stobhill and Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Services provided :

  • Refraction, Visual fields, Colour vision, Corneal Topography, Day phasing, Confoscan Corneal microscopy, Hydroxychloroquine Screening, DVLA Driving Fields,  Bandage Contact Lenses, Joint Paediatric Clinics, Low Vision, Medical Contact Lenses, Keratoconus Triage .
  • All patients are seen by appointment.
  • Extra visual field, refraction requests may be seen by request for urgent diagnostic purposes, if time allows . This needs to be arranged with a senior optometrist .

Optometrists are also involved in pre-post –op cataract, glaucoma  and diabetic clinics as part of the medical team .

Patients are referred by letter to Angela Carson to be seen in the Low Vision and Medical Contact Lens Clinics. 

LOW VISION CLINIC:

The waiting time for an appointment is six weeks.

Please be aware that low vision aids can be very difficult to use if the magnification id moderate and require very close reading distances and a lot of perseverance in use.

If patients are unable to read N48 with spectacles it is unlikely that magnifiers will allow more that a word or two of very large print. Electronic aids are not available via the NHS.

CONTACT LENS CLINIC:

The waiting time for an assessment is about ten weeks.

Currently, patients who are in employment will pay £52.90 for each lens.

It can take five months before a patient is wearing a contact lens, depending on the complexity of the case (even longer for a prosthetic scleral lens).

CONFOSCAN CORNEAL MICROSCOPY:

 Arrange via Bernie Hegarty.

This clinic is run on Thursdays.

Head: Angela Carson

Deputy: Bernie Hegarty

GARTNAVEL GENERAL HOSPITAL

Staffed by eight full-time and 7 part-time staff (1–4 sessions). Some GGH staff provide optometry services at Stobhill and Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Services provided :

• Refraction, Visual fields, Colour vision, Corneal Topography, Day phasing, Confoscan Corneal microscopy, Hydroxychloroquine Screening, DVLA Driving Fields, Bandage Contact Lenses, Joint Paediatric Clinics, Low Vision, Medical Contact Lenses, Keratoconus Triage .

• All patients are seen by appointment.

• Extra visual field, refraction requests may be seen by request for urgent diagnostic purposes, if time allows . This needs to be arranged with a senior optometrist .

Optometrists are also involved in pre-post –op cataract, glaucoma and diabetic clinics as part of the medical team . Patients are referred by letter to Angela Carson to be seen in the Low Vision and Medical Contact Lens Clinics.

LOW VISION CLINIC: The waiting time for an appointment is six weeks. Please be aware that low vision aids can be very difficult to use if the magnification is moderate and require very close reading distances and a lot of perseverance in use. If patients are unable to read N48 with spectacles it is unlikely that magnifiers will allow more than a word or two of very large print. Electronic aids are not available via the NHS.

CONTACT LENS CLINIC: The waiting time for an assessment is about ten weeks. Currently, patients who are in employment will pay £52.90 for each lens. It can take five months before a patient is wearing a contact lens, depending on the complexity of the case (even longer for a prosthetic scleral lens).

CONFOSCAN CORNEAL MICROSCOPY: Arrange via Bernie Hegarty. This clinic is run on Thursdays.