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

QVH performed 1,106 cases of phacoemulsification for cataracts in 2014. Departmental audit shows that cases of post-operative eye infection are extremely rare and well below national average rates. We monitor the number of these patients who achieve significant improvement to the vision in that eye.

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.

Percentage of patients achieving vision better than 6/12 after cataract surgery without other eye disease

Measurement: Annual audit of 100 patients
QVH target: 100%
Benchmark: 96% (UK Electronic Patient Record System)
2017/18: 100%
2016/17: 100%
2015/16: 100%
2014/15: 100%
2013/14: 100%

Full details of our patient safety, patient experience and clinical effectiveness measures are published in our annual Quality Report. Find the latest version here.

Patient information leaflets

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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