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.

Patient information leaflets

Glaucoma support group

Glaucoma support group

Want to know more about glaucoma or updates in treatments? Why not come along to one of our glaucoma support group meetings? The group is meeting on Thursday 16 November 2023 from 2-4.30pm here at the hospital. 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.

For more information about the group please email

The group is run in association with Glaucoma UK.

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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