Corneoplastics and ophthalmology

The QVH eye unit (corneoplastics and ophthalmology) and eye bank is a specialist and tertiary referral centre for complex corneal problems and oculoplastics. It is a high-profile and technologically advanced department that delivers high quality care in its sub-specialties and sets standards for care in the UK and internationally.

We provide:

  • Cataract surgery: we perform modern small incision cataract surgery with availability for advanced toric correction of astigmatism with value-added toric lenses. The unit takes referrals for expert opinion from all over the UK for complex cataract surgery and anterior segment reconstruction.
  • Glaucoma services: including Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS), SLT laser, trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage devices.

Our specialist cornea services include: high risk corneal transplantation; stem cell transplantation for ocular surface rehabilitation; innovative partial thickness transplants (lamellar grafts); and vision correction surgery.

The team also offer specialist techniques in oculoplastic surgery including Mohs micrographic excision for eyelid tumour management; facial palsy rehabilitation; endoscopic DCR and modern orbital decompression techniques for thyroid eye disease.

We also welcome referrals for refractive problems; ocuplastic, orbital and lacrimal disorders but do not provide retinal services.

Dry eye service

QVH has also developed a dry eye service for local people. Our specialist nurse led clinic is for people with severe dry eye conditions including Sjorgrens syndrome and Blepharitis. Referrals are welcomed from GPs or eye specialists for this service which is based here in East Grinstead.

Clinical effectiveness

Departmental audit shows that cases of post-operative eye infection after cataract surgery are extremely rare and well below national average rates. We also perform cataract surgery on a large cohort of patients with complex anterior segment conditions as part of our specialist surgery service which is not comparable to other units.

What is glaucoma and how common is it? Watch our short film

Please note we do not offer a walk-in emergency service. If you feel that you need to speak to one of the team please contact us via the number in your appointment or discharge letter.

Page last updated: 5 February 2024.

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Support groups

Support groups

Want to know more about Glaucoma or updates in treatments? Do you or someone you know have Keratoconus and would like to meet others with the condition? Why not join one of our support groups? You don’t have to be a QVH patient to attend and it’s a chance to meet others with the condition and hear from experts.

Glaucoma Support Group: Thursday 25 April and Thursday 17 October from 2-4.30pm here at the hospital. The group is run in association with Glaucoma UK.

Keratoconus Support Group: Saturday 18 May from 10.30am-12.30pm here at the hospital. The group is run in association with Keratoconus Group.

For more information about the group please call 01342 414569 or email qvh.corneoinfo@nhs.net

Video testimonials

Patients who’ve had treatments such as stem cell transplants, lamellar grafts, cataract surgery and collagen cross linking, tell their stories.

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