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The Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion
Our services

Our Services

Our main focus is the treatment and care of NHS patients with a wide range of eye problems, from common complaints to rare conditions that require treatment not available elsewhere in Scotland.


The clinicians have expertise in a number ophthalmic sub-specialties as follows:

Acute Referral Clinic

For urgent sight-threatening problems. This is an important area of the hospital, often the first point of contact for many patients. Specially trained nurse practitioners run the department in conjunction with medical staff.
Please note: The Eye Pavilion does not have a "walk-in" clinic. The Acute Referral Clinic is a referral only clinic, i.e. you must have a letter from your GP requesting urgent treatment. 


For treatment of the anatomical parts around or attached to the eyeball, such as the eyelids, extraocular muscles, and also the eye socket (orbit) and tear glands.


A common eye condition, in which the lens becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Patients undergo out-patient assessment for this to allow them to attend for their operation as a daycase.

External Disease

For conditions relating to the outside of the eyeball, including the cornea, iris and sclera (the tough white outer layer of the eye) with new treatments for keratoconus (mis-shapen cornea) and transplantation of the layers of, or the whole cornea.

General Ophthalmology

For general eye problems and those that might need referral to one of our specialist services.


Increased pressure within the eyeball, which can cause gradual loss of sight if left untreated. We are now a specialist referral centre for a special type of Glaucoma surgery involving tubes placed in the front part of the eye in very severe cases.


Lothian Optometry Teach and Treat clinic – where our consultants teach local optometrist who can use their new skills in their own practice improving patient care. 

Medical Retina

For conditions at the back of the eye, which are treated using drugs, eye drops, injections or lasers, and including diabetic screening. The Diabetic Retinopathy Screening service (DRS) for Lothian is housed in the Eye Pavilion.

Neuro-Ophthalmology & Strabismus (Squints)

Eye diseases that relate to problems with the brain and the muscles that move the eyes. Our consultant specialist works closely with colleagues in the Department of Neurosciences at the Western General Hospital.

Ocular Oncology

Cancers of the eye, initial assessment here, with specialist treatment provided by Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow as a national service for Scotland.


Services for children’s eye conditions, including joint services with the Royal Hospital for Sick Children where cataracts in young babies are treated along with many common and rare eye conditions.


For conditions at the back of the eye that require surgical interventions, including urgent retinal detachment repair, holes of the macular (central vision) and bleeding in diabetics.

We also provide a range of specialist clinical support services, including:

Diabetic Screening Services 

Electrodiagnostics Services

Low-Vision Aid Assessment & Dispensing Services

Medical Imaging

Ocular Prosthetics





The Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion
Chalmers Street
Telephone: 0131 536 1000

The Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion provides specialist care for the treatment and management of diseases and conditions affecting the eye and eyesight. Its high quality services include an Acute Referral Clinic, three theatres and two day care wards.
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The Friends' Eyecare Fund is administered by the Lothian Health Board Endowment Fund (Edinburgh & Lothians Health
Foundation) which is recognised as a charity by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator SC 007342