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Facts About Us

Facts about us

We serve the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Catchment area, looking after a population of almost 600,000 people. We also receive referrals from all over Scotland.

Over 18,000 patients are seen every year in our Acute Referral Service, of which 87% are new attendees.

Our Outpatient Department sees almost 36 000 patients a year. Our inpatient ward 1C looks after over 2000 patients annually, just over a quarter of which are emergency eye admissions.

Last year our department carried out 3685 complex eye operations, 56% of which were cataract surgeries.

As the major teaching and research department in the West of Scotland the department provides tertiary referral services for a number of ophthalmic subspecialties for the entire West of Scotland and beyond. These include vitreo-retinal surgery, glaucoma, oculoplastics, ocular oncology, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic eye disease, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis and ocular motility.

The corneal service in the department undertakes the majority of corneal grafts (75%) performed in Scotland and receives referrals from all over Scotland. Not only are complex corneal cases treated surgically but the unit also specialises in corneal and other ocular infections, as well as in the treatment of scleritis and other severe blinding inflammatory corneal diseases.

Within the Tennent Institute is the Scottish Ocular Oncology Service which holds the national contract for the management of this type of condition and reports directly to the National Services Division of the Scottish Health Service. This concentration of resources allows the unit to deliver the most appropriate treatment for each individual case of eye cancer from a variety of modern therapeutic modalities. Allied to this is the oculoplastic service that provides a unique combination of skills delivering a service to patients from all parts of Scotland. In addition there is a medical retina service that provides a non surgical service that includes photodynamic therapy for a similar national referral base.

The optometry service provides a regional service in both Low Visual Aid assessment and for medically indicated contact lenses. There is also a full manufacturing artificial eye service.

Although paediatric ophthalmology services in Glasgow are based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill, the orthoptic department in Gartnavel undertakes much of the screening and management of children with suspected squint and amblyopia.

The electrophysiology service in the department has an international reputation and has grown by over 300% in the last ten years. It has developed new diagnostic techniques and established new standards in others.

There is also a specialist ophthalmic pathology service provided by Dr. Fiona Roberts who is closely linked with the Eye department and provides significant teaching and research input.


Last Updated: 20 September 2019