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Ophthalmology treats conditions and diseases of the eye. This includes the anatomy and physiology of the eye and can include surgery and the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems including injuries and medical disorders.

The Ophthalmology Department at Macclesfield District General Hospital provides a comprehensive and efficient outpatient and surgical service to the local community and beyond. Our team of specialists who look after the patients in our care include consultants supported by a specialist group of ophthalmic trained nursing staff and opthoptists who all make every effort to ensure patients receive first class care.
Many conditions are treated within the outpatient department including general eye examinations and special tests, assessment and treatment of glaucoma, oculoplastic, medical retina with diabetes, lacrimal, paediatric and squint. If surgery is required most conditions are treated under local anaesthetic allowing patients to recover in their own home.
If you need to be seen very quickly we offer emergency referrals between 9.00am and 5.00pm from Monday to Friday. Outside of these times there is no specialist eye doctor who can see patients who need to be seen immediately and during those times patients would need to attend the eye department at Leighton Hospital, Crewe.

Our services

The department provides the following services:

  • Cataract extraction (provided through the general ophthalmology service).
  • Corneal and external eye
  • Eyelid disorders
  • General medical ophthalmology
  • General ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma (provided through the general ophthalmology service).
  • Lacrimal
  • Medical retina
  • Metabolic eye disease
  • Minor operations
  • Paediatric ophthalmology
  • Nurse led services

Patients who need to stay in hospital overnight and children under the age of three years have their care transferred to an alternative hospital.

Specialist surgery, for example retinal surgery, paediatric surgery and plastic surgery are not performed at Macclesfield but patients are referred to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital or the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.