KAB ECLO Service
KAB has Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) working in the Ophthalmic Departments of hospitals across Kent, Bromley and Bexley. Fran Smith is based at Maidstone Hospital, Scott Jones will be based at the Kent and Canterbury and William Harvey hospitals, and Chris Wilsdon is based at the Princess Royal University Hospital and the Queen Mary Hospital. The ECLOs are there for emotional support, for information about eye conditions and for advice on the services available to people with sight impairments. This may include information about the registration process, benefits and concessions and local services. Most importantly the ECLOs are on hand to spend time with you and talk through any concerns you might have.
The ECLOs welcome calls or e-mails from anyone who is worried or nervous about attending an eye appointment at one of the clinics, and will do their very best to help make the visit as stress free as possible.
Hospital based eye care staff
Hospital based eye care services are led by Ophthalmologists. Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialise in the treatment of eye disease. Their primary role is to treat eye disease medically or surgically; those who practice surgery are called Ophthalmic Surgeons. Patients attending an eye clinic may also be seen by Registrars, Senior House Officers or Associate Specialists.
Ophthalmic Nurses have specialist ophthalmology qualifications. They carry out many duties within the eye unit, and there is an increasing emphasis on nurse-led clinics for some patients.
Orthoptists work with the hospital eye service, but may also run outreach clinics within the community. The Orthoptist specialises in the assessment of binocular vision function (treatment of squint and other anomalies). In many eye units the Orthoptist is responsible for assessment of visual fields and in recent years the role has extended to other areas including low vision and rehabilitation therapy.
Optometrists practising within the hospital eye service may specialise in particular areas such as low vision, paediatrics, contact lenses etc. Optometrists, like Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioners, are expanding their role to lead specified clinics.
Medical photographers provide specialist screening, diagnostic and investigative photography.