New Cambridge Eye Unit opens at Addenbrooke’s


A new unit for eye patients is to officially open at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

The Cambridge Eye Unit boasts state-of-the art facilities and is double the size of the previous eye surgery facility. The unit is the leading centre for specialist eye surgery in the Eastern region, with two operating theatres and a 10-bed ward.

Most patients coming through the unit are having cataract surgery – about 1,500 corrective procedures are carried out annually. However, more specialist work, such as glaucoma surgery, eye lid plastic surgery, surgery for watery eyes and children’s eye surgery, also take place.

The unit has been purpose-built for patients with visual-impairment and located next to the cateract clinic, where patients are assessed before surgery.

Karen White, from Bourn, has been a regular visitor to the eye unit with Ella, her three-year-old daughter. Ella was a premature baby and needed laser eye surgery to combat Retinopathy of Prematurity - a potentially blinding disease.

Mrs White said: “The work they do in the unit is outstanding. Ella was six weeks at the time and weighed only two pounds but the staff were amazing and the operation has proved a success.
“I look forward to visiting the new unit. The standard of the facilities will now match the first-class care.”

The unit will be officially opened on Tuesday 24th March at 10am. John Scott, former Consultant Vitreo-retinal Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s, will unveil a commemorative plaque and guests, including Ella and Karen, will be given a tour.

Louise Allen, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director of Ophthalmology, said: “The unit provides a streamlined service for patients, who will benefit from the latest technology and a dedicated team of staff in a comfortable and purpose–built environment.”


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