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Our eye department offers a wide range of outpatient, surgical and tertiary services for diseases of the eye and surrounding structures. .

We have a strong research background and are a major teaching and training unit for ophthalmologists from all over the world.

The department contains the following subspecialties:

  • cataract
  • glaucoma
  • children’s services
  • HIV and AIDS
  • oculoplastic srgery (ophthalmic plastic surgery)
  • neuro-ophthalmology
  • squint and ocular motility
  • retina surgical and medical
  • external eye diseases
  • uveitis
  • optometry


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.