Referral to hospital for diagnosis

If you have an eye examination and the optometrist finds signs of an eye condition, they or your GP will refer you to an ophthalmologist in your local hospital eye department. An ophthalmologist is a hospital doctor that specialises in conditions and diseases of the eye.

Seeing an ophthalmologist

You'll normally see the ophthalmologist in an outpatients department at your local hospital. The ophthalmologist will spend time talking to you about any symptoms you may have and you will have some tests. 

Once the ophthalmologist has all your test results they will be able to tell you what condition you may have and should be able to answer some of your questions about the condition. 

For further details, refer to the pages in this section:

Before your hospital diagnosis - preparing for your visit, questions you may wish to ask and advice on how to travel to the hospital clinic. 

During your hospital diagnosis - what to expect at the hospital and details of the consultation you will have with the ophthalmologist. 

After your hospital diagnosis - what happens after your consultation, and what to do if you are unhappy with the outcome. 

Newly diagnosed - coming to terms with your eye condition, and what help and support is available.