Good Hope, Heartlands, and Solihull Eye Clinics
Eye Emergencies in Birmingham
- If chemicals splash into your eye IMMEDIATE treatment is to wash these eyes out with a clear fluid such as tap water, for a few minutes. This really must be carried out as soon as possible.
- In Birmingham, emergency eye care is provided by Birmingham
and Midland Eye Centre Casualty at the Birmingham & Midland
Eye Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH, entrance
off Western Road
Tel: 0121-554 3801.
- Evenings ..you have to attend the main City Hospital Accident and
Emergency Department, where you will be transferred to the Eye team on call. The department serves a lot of the West Midlands. The nearest large
Eye Emergency service is Wolverhampton, and these 2 units serve most
of the West Midlands.
- If you are a health professional in Birmingham and have a patient
with a condition that needs urgent treatment, or you need to speak to
the Eye Team urgently, ask to speak to and Eye Casualty member of staff
Tel 0121 554 3801 (24 hours, but urgent problems only at night).
- If your patient
cannot travel, arrangements can be made for them to be seen.
- If you are a post-operative cataract
or glaucoma patient (an operation in the last two weeks) and your eye
is slightly red, or your sight is slightly blurred, you may phone Sister
or Staff nurse in the Good Hope Eye Clinic.
- If your eye is very red and the sight is getting worse and you are unable
to contact the Good Hope Eye Clinic, go to the Eye Centre Emergency Department.
- If your sight has changed gradually
over weeks or months most optometrists can advise.
- If you think
you are allergic to glaucoma drops (alphagan perhaps), stop the drops,
see the glaucoma drop page. Alphagan allergy is the
most common. Xalatan drops may be a
substitute, and your GP may advise, as can nurse in the Eye Clinic if
you phone (you often do not need to attend).
- If you develop asthma,
and are using teoptic or timolol, stop them, and ask your GP to advise;
often xalatan drops will be suitable.
- If you have macular degeneration and you notice distortion of your central vision, or patchy central vision, you need an OCT scan. Good Hope patients can ring the department and ask for a OCT scan. Patients in the area can get one privately from Malcolm Grey Optometrists in Mere Green and Morris optometrists in Walmley. Birmingham patients can attend the Birmingham
and Midland Eye Centre Casualty. Most patients who live in cities in the UK can arrange an OCT scan quickly by ringing their nearest department or seeing an optometrist and asking him to arrange an OCT the scan is best carried out within a few days. Most optometrists can check for wet macular degeneration.
- If you have had a corneal transplant and have a sore red eye you must attend Birmingham
and Midland Eye Centre Casualty, unless you know who to contact within a couple of hours in your regular outpatients department.
- See 19 telephone triage
- Is the vision blurred in one or both eyes?
- Do you have double vision?
- Are you experiencing associated symptoms, such as “spots” in your vision, flashes of light, pain, or are straight lines appearing wavy?
- Can you see your fingers in front of your face?
- When did you first notice the problem?
- Did the vision decrease gradually or suddenly?
- What were you doing when you first noticed the problem?
- How has the problem progressed?