Patient information

Ophthalmology deals with diseases of the eye and visual system. Eye diseases can be successfully treated if they are caught early, and they can be managed effectively using existing treatments and medicines.

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What we do

We diagnose, and provide medical treatment and surgery for a wide range of eye diseases and conditions. These include:

  • cataracts A cataract is a cloudy area of the normally clear lens of the eye, which can interfere with vision by diffusing light as it passes through the eye. Read more...
  • corneal disease Corneal disease is a serious condition that can cause clouding, distortion, scarring and eventually blindness. Read more...
  • eye traumaDoctors use the word trauma to describe injuries like scratches, cuts, stabs, and blows. Almost any part of the eye can be injured by trauma. Read more...
    and emergencies
  • general ophthalmological conditions
  • glaucomaGlaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases that leads to the slow destruction of the optic nerve at the back of the eye Read more...
  • medical retinaRetinal diseases often occur in the back of the eye and are not easily visible, making them more difficult to treat Read more...
    (macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, inherited disease)
  • minor operations
  • neuro-ophthalmology
  • oculoplastics (eyelid disorders, watery eye, orbital disease)
  • strabismus
  • uveitis / inflammatory eye conditions
  • vitreoretinal surgery (
    retinal detachment, macular holesRetinal detachments or tears occur when the retina is detached from its normal position. Macular holes can cause blurred or distorted central vision Read more...
    , epiretinal membranes)

Who we care for

Adults aged 16 years and over.

How to access this service

You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Routine (non urgent) appointments

Your doctor will email or fax your referral letter to us.

If your appointment is a routine one, we will send you a letter offering you an appointment date and time. For some of our clinics, instead of sending an appointment letter we send a letter to tell you that you have been placed on our appointment waitlist.

You will get a SMS reminder a week before your appointment.

Urgent appointments

Your doctor will email or fax your referral letter to us.

If we decide you need an urgent appointment, we will call you and make an appointment over the phone.





Cost for this service

This service is free if you have a Medicare card. Charges apply for patients who do not have a Medicare card.

Location

Our Eye Clinic services are based at Westmead Hospital. Westmead Hospital is located on the corner of Hawkesbury Road & Darcy Road in Westmead, NSW.

Outpatient Eye Clinic location

The Outpatient Eye Clinic is located in Ward B4a of the hospital (see map below). Wheelchair access is available through the hospital main entrance and via lifts to all levels of the hospital.

To get to the Eye Clinic:

  1. enter via the main entrance of Westmead Hospital. The main entrance is on Level 2
  2. follow the signs to the AB Block lifts
  3. take the lift to level 4
  4. once you exit the lift, turn right to enter B Block
  5. the Eye Clinic is located in Wing A

Map of Westmead Hospital 

Eye Surgical Unit location

Eye surgeries are performed in the Ambulatory Services Unit (ASU) of the hospital (see map below). Wheelchair access is available through the hospital main entrance and via lifts to all levels of the hospital.

To get to the ASU:

If you are walking

  1. enter via the main entrance of Westmead Hospital. The main entrance is on Level 2
  2. keep walking forward down the corridor
  3. follow the signs to the Oral Health Building

If you are being dropped off by car

  1. enter the Centre for Oral Health drop off bays via the traffic lights on Darcy Road
  2. take the lift to Level 2
  3. once you exit the lift, turn right to enter the ASU
  4. please let staff at the ASU reception desk know that you have arrived

Map of Westmead Hospital 

What to bring to your appointments

First appointment

  • your Medicare card
  • your referral letter
  • eye glasses that you currently wear
  • a list of medications you take. Please include any medicines you have bought without a prescription like herbal supplements and vitamins
  • please also bring copies (if any) of previous medical test results or reports

Every appointment

  • your Medicare card
  • eye glasses that you currently wear
  • a new referral letter if the eye clinic staff have asked you to get one



Eye clinics timetable

Clinic specialty Sessions
Cataract Monday (alternate), Tuesday (alternate), Thursday & Friday
Cornea Monday (alternate), Tuesday (alternate) & Thursday
Diabetic Monday
General ophthalmology Monday to Friday
Genetics Friday (monthly)
Glaucoma Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (alternate)
Medical retina Tuesday
Minor operations Friday
Neuro-ophthalmology Monday
Plastics Monday (alternate) & Wednesday (alternate)
Squint Thursday (alternate)
Uveitis Tuesday (alternate)
Vitreoretinal Tuesday (monthly) & Thursday (alternate)

Directions

You will find information about parking and public transport options on the Getting to Westmead Hospital webpage.

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