Despite the changes and restrictions brought on by coronavirus, it is still essential to look after your eye health.
Whether it’s a regular or follow-up appointment, an injection, or emergency advice or treatment, you should attend essential and routine eye appointments, unless you are advised otherwise, or are displaying coronavirus symptoms.
You should still attend unless you have been notified by your consultant that your appointment is cancelled or you should not attend, or you are displaying coronavirus symptoms.
If you are displaying symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has, follow the government advice and call 111 but make sure they are aware that you are due for an eye appointment too.
Contact your hospital eye department or local Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) if you’re unsure, have questions or can’t attend.
Staff at hospitals and eye clinics are usually available to provide information and reassurance if you have any queries. Call them directly ahead of time; if no-one is available to take your call immediately, some may have recorded information available or leave a voicemail to request a call back. If you can’t make your appointment, always let your clinician, or ECLO, know so they can reschedule it and offer the time to other patients.
Sight Advice FAQ, the website which answers common questions about living with sight loss, has information for people who are supposed to have an eye injection but are worried about going to hospital.
If you live in Scotland, find out about the newly-created Emergency Eye Care Treatment Centres.
Dr Gwyn William, Consultant Ophthalmologist, explains what is happening with eye care appointments across Wales due to coronavirus.