Our ophthalmology team serves all of the SASH geographical area and will also provide treatment for patients in the East Grinstead area with retinal disorders.

Every year, around 45,000 adults and children are cared for by our team of ten consultant ophthalmologists across three sites: East Surrey Hospital, Crawley Hospital and Horsham Hospital. We provide the latest diagnostic, surgical and laser technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of all eye conditions apart from complex corneal or oculoplastic problems.

We perform around 3400 operations every year at both East Surrey and Crawley Hospitals, with around 98% of procedures carried out under local anaesthetic. For children or patients with special needs or phobias, we are able to offer surgery under general anaesthetic.

At East Surrey Hospital, there is a dedicated theatre for eye surgery under local anaesthetic, such as cataract, retinal and glaucoma surgery and separate theatres for general anaesthetic when required. There is also a dedicated treatment room for the treatment of macular degeneration and other retinal problems. We also have a minor operations room for minor lid surgery. In Crawley hospital’s day centre, we perform procedures under both local and general anaesthetic.

Contact information

Ophthalmology Outpatients – 01737 768 511 x8630

Ophthalmology Eye Day Care Unit (Limpsfield Ward) – 01737 768 511 x1672

All GP referrals including urgent, but not emergency, should be made via the NHS digital e-referral system.

Please see the Emergency Ophthalmology section of the website for details of how to refer emergency cases.

Ophthalmology triage information for GPs and Optoms

Over the past two years, my husband has been a regular visitor at East Surrey, particularly the Ophthalmology department, where he is always treated so well and very efficiently. The clinic is always so busy and the staff are under considerable pressure due to the amount of patients but always have time to help and advise. Each time I go, I give thanks for the NHS - and count myself fortunate to be so near to a good hospital.