A partnership between Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Appleson Optometrists providing a NHS Adult Community Eye Service – Wetherby Eye Clinic


What does this mean?

Many patients with a range of eye conditions have the option of visiting our specialist NHS clinic – a consultant led ophthalmology service within the practice – rather than being referred to a hospital eye department.

Referrals are accepted from GPs, optometry practices and other eye clinics, for adult (18+) patients with non-urgent eye and vision problems that require an ophthalmology service.

Paul Appleson
Paul Appleson
Ann Barrett

With our two specialist optometrists Paul Appleson and Ann Barrett, both of whom are registered specialists in glaucoma and therapeutics, Independent Prescribers and also employees of the hospital trust, you can be assured that you are in safe, experienced and caring hands.

Our visiting consultant ophthalmologists, Mr Peter Galloway and Professor Bernard Chang, offer monthly clinics, for more complex cases or if assessment for surgery is required.

We provide a full range of diagnostic testing on the same day as the consultation, such as advanced retinal imaging (OCT), retinal photography and automated ‘Humphrey’ visual field testing.

Typical non-urgent conditions seen at Wetherby Eye Clinic include glaucoma and ocular hypertension, dry eyes, blepharitis, non-acute flashes and floaters, retinal and optic discs lesions, age related macular degeneration, and eyelid anomalies. We also run a monthly ‘minor ops’ clinic.


For further information including all inclusions/exclusions, please download our Wetherby Eye Clinic flyer.

We have also created our own referral letter for GPs and referral letter for optometrists


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The new clinic is a unique partnership and is the only one of its kind in the region. It compliments our regular optometry and optical service.

We work closely with the Hospital Trust as well as the GPs, optometrists and other hospital eye clinics to allow smooth referrals, and provide information and feedback. We are proud to provide a much needed, high quality, local community service for all patients.

For useful information for patients about where we are and getting to your appointment click here.

For further information about Wetherby Eye Clinic, contact a.wetherby@nhs.net.