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Find out more about our Corneal Transplantation Team in this ITV feature:

Corneal Transplantation at the RVI's Eye Department

Tynesight - our departmental charity

You can find out more about Tynesight. If you feel that you can help us by donating, that would be fantastic - you can do this easily online at

You can also donate by text message by sending EYES77 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070. For example, to donate £10 you would text: EYES77 £10.


Patient quote

"I must pay tribute and give thanks to the whole of the Ophthalmology Department's team of medical and nursing staff, not forgetting the other vital staff for their expert care and consideration to all the patients who were treated on the same occasions as myself."  Mr DB

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Eye Department

Eye Department

Welcome to Eye Department at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. It is one of the largest in the UK, treating and caring for well over 100,000 patients each year.

We are a regional centre of excellence treating all types of common eye conditions in adults and children, both elective and emergency, as well as providing a range of highly specialised and cutting-edge services.


Eye Department staff


Internationally renowned research and development

We have around 200 highly-specialised healthcare professionals, including national and international experts in their fields.

Through our work with Newcastle University, we are often among the first to adopt innovative services. This helps us to bring our patients the most up-to-date treatments available, such as corneal transplants and treating macular degeneration (damage to the retina) with 'photo dynamic therapy'.

Expert care closer to your home

Healthcare AssistantMost of our patients come from across the North East so we work with smaller, local hospitals to hold clinics there, closer to our patients' homes. We provide clinics in:

  • Wansbeck (Ashington)
  • Hexham
  • Alnwick
  • Berwick
  • Shotley Bridge
  • Battle Hill, Wallsend 
  • Chester-le-Street
  • Gateshead (Fell Tower)
  • Cramlington Manor Walks

Wherever you come from and whatever your condition, we provide a friendly, high quality and safe service to every patient.

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