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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
  • NHS Laser Eye Surgery (

Procedures Provided

  • Cataract
  • Laser surgery e.g. Argon, YAG, SLT laser, cyclodiode laser
  • Glaucoma
  • Orthoptics
  • General eye disorders
  • Visual fields, OCT, Pentacam, HRT3
  • External eye disorders
  • Contact lens
  • Paediatric eye conditions
  • Retinal disease including diabetes
  • Fundus fluorescein angiography
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Eye photography
  • Botox
  • NHS Laser Eye Surgery (

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 from GP’s are accepted via E-RS only.

Referrals from Optometrists are accepted via:

1. Standard GOS18/Referrals

(i) email to; OR

(ii) post to “Clinic Clerks’ Office, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ”

2. Any “direct-access Cataract referrals” (if you are accredited on the cataract shared-care pathway)

(i) email to;  OR

(ii) post to: “FAO: Akil Kanani, Lead Optometrist, Eye Department, Ophthalmology, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ”

Rapid Access AMD referrals are accepted

(i) from GP’s via ERS only via triage service, please search for:

AMD-RAS-Ophthalmology-Luton & Dunstable Hospital-RC9

(ii) from Optometrists via email to

Please ensure any suspected Rapid Access AMD referrals are sent urgently within 1 working day of seeing the patient. Please find the referral form here.

Useful Contacts

  • Eye Clinic Reception:
    Via switchboard ext. 2159
  • Clinical Director:
    Miss Susan Sarangapani
  • Direct Fax Number:
  • Outpatients booking department:
    01582 561385
  • Nurse Practitioner:
    Sharon Farmer
    01582 497412/ Bleep 110
  • Nurse Practitioner:
    Sharon Hanniffy
    01582 497412/ Bleep 273
  • Eye Clinic Sister:
    Sr Sharon Hanniffy
  • Switchboard
    01582 491166