Eye (ophthalmology) department

Diagnosing and treating eye problems

Our service

For emergencies we offer a specialist eye rapid access service in the eye department at St Thomas’ Hospital. The service is open from 8.45am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and in A&E as St Thomas’ Hospital at all other times.

If you live in Lambeth we partner with local optometrists for the Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS).

We have a strong research background and are a major teaching and training unit for both undergraduate and post graduate ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmic nurses, ophthalmic imagers and ophthalmic technicians from all over the world.


The Ridley Clinic was named after Sir Harold Ridley, who pioneered artificial intraocular lens implantation after cataract surgery. He performed the first implantation here in 1949.

St Thomas’ was also the first place in the UK where laser refractive surgery was carried out.


Eye access team
Tel: 020 7188 8871


Access guides

Eye Emergency

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Eye Day Care Unit

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Eye Clinic 1

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Eye Clinic 2

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Iris Clinic and Visual Field

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 Ridley Clinic

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