Community Eye Service
An NHS eye service based in Pudsey and serving the City of Leeds. Consultant-led and in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, you can request referral from your local Practice, your local opticians, or, if you are already under the care of an eye service, request to be transferred.
Serving patients across Leeds city
Robin Lane Community Ophthalmology Service was launched over 6 years ago in October 2008. Since then, the service has continued to grow and develop and now offers a truly comprehensive community eye service that provides over 6000 patient contacts each year.
Our service is consultant-led by Dr Bryn Davies, our service Medical Director, who brings significant experience working as a consultant ophthalmologist. Dr Bryn Davies also holds a substantive consultant post at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust which helps strengthens and promote integrated working. A team of consultant ophthalmologists, associate specialists, nursing staff and technicians work along side to support and deliver the service.
Our service utilises sophisticated technology in the delivery of eye health care. This includes opticial coherence tomography (OCT) scanning, Humphries visual fields analysis, Haag-Streit slit lamps with imaging and eye capture facilities, and much more. Our technology enables early detection of emerging eye conditions, ongoing management of existing eye conditions, and a wealth of information that supports our clinical decision-making processes.
What we can see
The following conditions can be referred to the Robin Lane Community Ophthalmology Service.
A general adult eye clinic for patients aged 17 years and older with the following conditions:
- Watery eyes (epiphora)
- Non acute floaters / flashers
- Assessment of pigmented iris and retinal lesions
- Retinal and optic disc problems, excluding emergency conditions
- Blurred vision (non-neurological)
- Cysts, chalazions and other eyelid lesions, exluding those with malignancy concerns eg possible squamous and basel cell carcinomas and melanomas
- Glaucoma / ocular hypertension
- Dry eyes
- Painful eyes
- Other miscellaneous non urgent general ophthalmology conditions
Out-patient consultations and the following procedures:
- Automated field testing
- Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
- Excision and / or cautery of non-sinister lesion of the eye lid
- Chalazion incision and curettage
- Entropion correction
- Retropunctal cautery and punctal enlarging procedures
- Epilation of eye lashes
- Lacrimal syringing
- Lacrimal plug insertion
- Removal of corneal sutures
In addition, RLCOC will accept referrals from other providers in order to take over the long term management of stable patients, where mandated by the commissioner.
What we cannot see
The following conditions are excluded from the eye service and must either be onward referred, or returned to the referring clinician / optometrist.
- Services that form part of the essential and enhanced primary care services
- Any procedure of a cosmetic nature
- Children under 17 years
- Ophthalmology emergencies
- Cases where cancer is suspected
To view the full details of this service, you can download our Eye Pathway by clicking here.