What we do

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a designated ophthalmology department located in the ENT and Eye building at Bradford Royal Infirmary and at our dedicated Macula Unit on Trinity Road.

We provide outpatient and day case services to adults and children as well as support and advice to inpatients with a variety of eye conditions.

Our team includes many different health professionals with specialist eye knowledge including: doctors, nurses, health care assistants, an eye clinic liaison officer, optometrists, orthoptists and medical illustrators.


  • Acute referral clinic. – for urgent care
  • Cornea
  • Glaucoma
  • Low vision
  • Optometry
  • Orthoptics
  • Paediatric ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
  • Medical retina
  • Research
  • Vitroretinal surgery.

Service statistics

The Ophthalmology department provides service for a population of approximately 532,256 in Bradford and the surrounding areas. In 2016, we offered around 58,000 outpatients’ appointment and performed around 2500 day case operations.

Retinal research

Research is an integral part of the NHS, and at Bradford we have a strong research team engaged in collaborative studies in various macula and retinal diseases, such as AMD, diabetic retinopathy, central serous retinopathy (CSR), central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), and branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO).

Research studies help to find the best treatments for these eye conditions, saving the sight of current patients and helping future generations.

In some trials we are able to offer patients brand new treatments not currently available on the NHS. In others we are comparing current treatments to determine better ways of treating our patients.

In addition to clinical trials, we run a number of observational studies which can help define the behaviour of various eye disorders and how treatments work in routine clinical practice.

We have had excellent support from our patients who have volunteered for our research projects over the years.

You too can help us by participating in our research projects. For further information on our current projects please contact us.

Eye clinic liaison officer

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a dedicated eye clinic liaison officer (ECLO), Iftekhar Ahmed, who can provide advice and support for anyone affected by sight loss on topics that can make life easier. They include:

  • maintaining your independence
  • equipment and technology that can help you do the things you need to do
  • eye condition and treatment understanding
  • access to education, employment, and leisure
  • benefits and concessions that you may be entitled to

Iftekhar can be found in the Ophthalmology Department and can be contacted on 01274 382 045 or on email at: Iftekhar.Ahmed@rnib.org.uk

For more information on RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service, please visit www.rnib.org.uk/advice

Who we are

Contact us

Appointments: 01274 274274
Retinal research: Bradford Ophthalmology Research Network (BORN)

Ophthalmology Department
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Duckworth Lane

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Interested in joining our team?

Our talented and compassionate staff care for a diverse population, which is what makes Bradford such a special place to work. Choosing the right people is key to our success. If you think you’ve got what it takes, please contact us by email at careers@bthft.nhs.uk to discover more about our latest opportunities.