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The Ophthalmic Department at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has recently expanded to provide a full spectrum of ophthalmic services at District General Hospital level. In addition to general ophthalmology, the eight Consultants in the department have developed specialist interest in macular degeneration, diabetes, uveitis, cornea, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, paediatric ophthalmology and ocular motility, to provide a more specialist input when necessary.

A vitreo-retinal service is provided by Mr Martin Snead, a visiting consultant from Cambridge. Cataract surgery is provided by most Consultants with very short waiting times. A direct cataract enhanced referral pathway is available via accredited optometrists to expedite the referral process. A one-stop Intra-vitreal Service provides treatment for most medical retinal conditions in accordance with NICE guidance.

The department is well equipped with the latest diagnostic facilities which include a digital fundus camera with fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, multispot retinal laser, YAG laser, visual field analyser, optical coherence tomography, optic disc and nerve fibre layer assessment and corneal topography.


  • One-stop Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal and anterior segment
  • Medical Retina
  • Uveitis
  • One-stop Intravitreal
  • Rapid Access Macular Degeneration
  • Vitreo-retinal
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology
  • Orthoptics
  • Laser (YAG and Diabetic)
  • Contact lens and refraction
  • Oculoplastics

Procedures Provided

The department offers a full physiological assessment including:

  • Full lung function
  • Provocation testing
  • Sleep studies
  • Flight assessments
  • Oxygen assessment
  • Exhaled nitric oxide
  • Manometry studies
  • Bronchoscopy with Lavage Endobronchial biopsies, transbronchial biopsies and transbronchial needle aspiration
  • Pleural aspiration and biopsy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS)
  • Exercise induced asthma
  • Skin prick testing allergy profiles

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses


Cataract, Paediatric, Ocular motility
Cataract, Cornea
Cataract, Glaucoma, Neuro-ophthalmology
Cataract, Medical Retina, Uveitis
Oculoplastic, Lacrimal, Orbital
Cataract, Medicial Retina
Cataract, Medical Retina
Cataract, Glaucoma

Referral Process

Referrals are accepted via E-RS only.

Useful Contacts

  • Eye Clinic Reception:
    Via switchboard ext. 2159
  • Eye Clinic Sister:
    Martha Simango
  • Clinical Director:
    Mr Jonathan Barnes
  • Direct Fax Number:
  • Outpatients booking department:
    01582 561385
  • Nurse Practitioner:
    Sharon Farmer
    01582 497412/ Bleep 110
  • Nurse Practitioner:
    Sharon Hanniffy
    01582 497412/ Bleep 273
  • Switchboard
    01582 491166