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What to bring with you to your appointment

Please bring with you any distance or reading glasses you currently use. Also bring a copy of your repeat prescription or any medications you use in their original containers.


How long will my appointment last?

During your consultation you may need certain tests and the administration of drops. Please allow up to 2 hours for your appointment.


Can I drive home afterwards?

If eye drops are administered they may cause your vision to become blurred. We strongly recommend that you arrange for someone to take you home, or use public transport as it may be unsafe for you to drive.


Are there special procedures for younger children?

Most children under 8 years old will be seen by an orthoptist before being seen by a doctor. Several simple vision tests and various measurements will be carried out and a report prepared for the doctor in the clinic. Drops may be administered which can make a child thirsty. We therefore recommend you bring a drink for your child. Some eyedrops take 40 minutes to be fully effective.


Will my appointment be on time?

Whilst every effort will be made to keep to your appointment time, delays can occur if the doctor is called to an emergency or if the workload is unexpectedly larger than normal. You will be kept informed of any delays.

If you are travelling by hospital transport please bring a snack with you. If you are diabetic please bring a snack and any medication you may need with you. Please ensure the nursing staff are aware of your diabetes.


How long does each test last?

Examples of some of the tests which may be carried out and the approximate time they take:

  • Vision Test - carried out every visit (10-15 minutes)
  • Visual Field Test - an investigation to assess your peripheral vision (20-30 minutes)
  • Eye Scan – takes approximately 10 minutes
  • Microscope Examination - examination of the eye by the doctor (15-20 minutes)


If you are attending for a Minor Operation

Please be advised that you may leave the department with an eye pad on therefore YOU SHOULD NOT DRIVE TO THIS APPOINTMENT.


Further Information

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Eye Unit Helplines:

  • Ashford Hospital: 01784 884402
  • St. Peter’s Hospital: 01932 722686

Out of hours 5pm-8.30am, weekends and bank holidays 01784 884488 or 01932 722000 and ask for the eye doctor on call.


Senior Nurses:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist, Maggie Lewis, Ashford Hospital.
  • Sister, Mandy Wilson, Ashford Hospital.
  • Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner, Jain Sidhu, St. Peter’s Hospital.