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If you have concerns with your eyes that your GP feels needs further treatment, they may refer you to an ophthalmology specialist. A list of condition treated at these clinics is available below. For other conditions, you may be referred to a hospital consultant.

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  • External eye disease such as: blepharitis, dry eyes, chronic conjunctivitis not responding to treatment, episcleiritis
  • Eyelid disorders
  • Watery eyes
  • Floaters, posterior vitreous detachment
  • Early cataracts not requiring  surgery but requiring assessment
  • Preliminary glaucoma suspect and ocular hypertension assessment
  • Assessment of age related dry macular degeneration
  • Incidental pathology noted on routine sight tests
  • Any eye condition which GP or Optometrist are not happy with, and feel that a delay in assessment at outpatients will be detrimental to the condition or to the patient.


  • Chalazion incision and curettage
  • Excision of minor lid lesions
  • Syringing and probing of lacrimal passages

Conditions not covered

  • Patients not registered with a West Essex GP
  • Eye trauma and acute sight threatening conditions
  • Two week referrals
  • Red flag conditions such as chest Pain, shortness of breath, symptoms of stroke, visual changes, severe headache

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Clinic days: Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning

Location: St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, CM16 6TN

Clinic days: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month - mornings

Location: Rose Opticians, Harlow, CM20 1XA

Clinic days: 1st and 2nd Friday of every month - afternoons

Location: Saffron Walden Community Hospital, Saffron Walden, CB11 3HY

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