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Ophthalmology in Northampton

Expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of eye and vision problems

At Three Shires Hospital, we have a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled Ophthalmologists and specialist nurses who will be able to diagnose and treat a common range of ophthalmic problems.  

Our expert team at Three Shires Hospital in Northampton see patients from Guisborough, Wootton, Duston, Brackley, Towcester and Wellingborough. People also visit us from Brixworth, Grange Park, Long Buckby and Moulton. If you’re looking for a private hospital near you, our team is ready and waiting. We welcome people who live or work locally as well as those who want to travel from further afield to benefit from our talented consultants and compassionate care teams.

We have 5 highly skilled Ophthalmologists at the Three Shires Hospital, who are specialised in different ophthalmic areas, providing diagnosis and treatment to those affected with an eye condition.

At Three Shires Hospital, we have our very own suite offering Ophthalmic Diagnostic Facilities. The specialised technology is able to assess and evaluate damage to your eyes from conditions such as:


Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve where it leaves the eye, and is the commonest cause of irreversible vision loss in people of working age. It is unnoticeable to the sufferer until at a very advanced stage.

Most vision loss is entirely preventable if detected early and Three Shires Hospital has invested in world leading detection and treatment technology. Our Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope enables us to detect disease changes up to five years before
vision loss occurs.

We also offer specialised laser treatment, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, which can replace the traditional treatment of daily eye drops.

Age-related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the commonest cause of blindness in people over the age of 55 in the UK. The ‘dry’ form of the disease affects 90% of AMD sufferers. Traditionally, there has been no effective treatment for dry AMD, but a new treatment, the Intra-Ocular Lens for visually impaired people (IOL-Vip) can improve vision for some people with this form of the disease.

During this procedure two artificial lenses are inserted into the eye which magnify and divert images away from the diseased macula to a healthier part of the retina. The IOL-Vip system can also help people with other forms of macular disease.

Patients with macular degeneration can also benefit from our specialist optometry Low Vision service providing devices to use their remaining vision to the best advantage.


A cataract is clouding of the natural lens in your eye, usually caused by ageing, causing blurred vision or a change in the focus of the eye. If the cataract is too advanced, surgery is the only option to restore your vision. This involves removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens implant. Your surgeon will let you know if cataract surgery is suitable for you and recommend the best treatment option for your needs. Cataract surgery can be performed as a day case procedure under local anaesthetic.

Three Shires Hospital also provides Yag Laser treatment to remove membrane clouding the lens following cataract surgery.


Keratoconus is a disease causing thinning of the cornea, the clear front portion of your eye. As a result of this, the normal outward pressure from within the eye causes the cornea to progressively bulge into a cone-like shape.

Three Shires Hospital offers two new treatments for keratoconus. Collagen cross-linking increases and strengthens the bonds between the natural collagen anchors in the eye, preventing it from bulging further. INTACS, involves silicone inserts placed within the cornea which stretches it and reduces the conical shape, thus improving vision.


The oculoplastics, orbital and lacrimal service at Three Shires Hospital involves diagnosis and treatment of problems associated with the area around the eyeballs, including the eyelids as well as the tear drainage system and orbit.

Conditions treated include watery eyes, benign eyelid cysts, in-turned and out-turned eyelids, cosmetic treatment for ageing changes around the eyes, blepharospasm, ptosis (droopy eyelids), thyroid eye disease, and skin cancer affecting the eyelid.


Three Shires Hospital now has a comprehensive optometrist service offering sight testing, specialist vocational and occupational health vision reports and low vision care for all visually impaired people.

Refractive ophthalmic procedures

Treatment options enabling the freedom from glasses include:

  • Multifocal and Accommodative Lens Implants
    The ReSTOR and Crystalens implants replace the lens in your eye to give a distance, intermediate and near vision. They are used in both cataract surgery and lens exchange procedures.
  • Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)
    This uses gentle radio frequency energy to reshape the cornea of your eye to improve near vision and reduce dependency on reading glasses.
  • Phakic Intraocular Lens Implants (implantable contact lenses)
    A lens implanted inside your eye to correct your refractive error, for example, astigmatism. These provide excellent vision, are reversible and are an alternative to laser vision correction.

  • Fast & easy access – For many eye conditions, treatment at the earliest possible stage is important. We can arrange an appointment for you with an experienced Consultant Ophthalmologist without delay so that you can start any treatment needed as soon as possible.
  • Consultant-led care – Your Consultant will oversee every aspect of your eyecare, from initial appointment through to treatment planning, treatment and post-treatment review. If adjustment is needed to your treatment at any stage, this is easily done.
  • Convenient appointments – Ophthalmology appointments can be booked at a time that is convenient for you, and some appointments are available within a couple of days.
  • Free parking on-site – Our car park is free for patients and visitors and has 50 spaces.

If you have any concerns about your eye health, whether a recent change in your vision, a pain in your eye or a lump around your eye or eyelid, our Consultants can help. Why not book your private eyecare appointment today?

Accessing private healthcare is easy, whether you choose to pay directly or use private medical insurance.

If you are paying for yourself, we can usually offer an upfront cost which you can then choose to pay in full or access one of our easy payment options.

If you have insurance, we can arrange a direct settlement with your insurance provider, although you should check n advance to see if your treatment is covered. For more information, visit our private medical page

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