Ophthalmology (GP information)


The Ophthalmic Department at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has recently expanded to provide a full spectrum of ophthalmic services at District General Hospital level. In addition to general ophthalmology, the eight Consultants in the department have developed specialist interest in macular degeneration, diabetes, uveitis, cornea, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, paediatric ophthalmology and ocular motility, to provide a more specialist input when necessary.

A vitreo-retinal service is provided by Mr Martin Snead, a visiting consultant from Cambridge. Cataract surgery is provided by most Consultants with very short waiting times. A direct cataract enhanced referral pathway is available via accredited optometrists to expedite the referral process. A one-stop Intra-vitreal Service provides treatment for most medical retinal conditions in accordance with NICE guidance.

The department is well equipped with the latest diagnostic facilities which include a digital fundus camera with fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, multispot retinal laser, YAG laser, visual field analyser, optical coherence tomography, optic disc and nerve fibre layer assessment and corneal topography.

Referral Process

Referrals from GP’s are accepted via E-RS only.

Referrals from Optometrists are accepted via:

1. Standard GOS18/Referrals

(i) nhs.net email to ldophthalmology@nhs.net; OR

(ii) post to “Clinic Clerks’ Office, Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ”

2. Any “direct-access Cataract referrals” (if you are accredited on the cataract shared-care pathway)

(i) nhs.net email to ldh-tr.ldcataractreferrals@nhs.net;  OR

(ii) post to: “FAO: Akil Kanani, Lead Optometrist, Eye Department, Ophthalmology, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ”

Procedures Provided

  • Cataract
  • Laser surgery e.g. Argon, YAG, SLT laser, cyclodiode laser
  • Glaucoma
  • Orthoptics
  • General eye disorders
  • Visual fields, OCT, Pentacam, HRT3
  • External eye disorders
  • Contact lens
  • Paediatric eye conditions
  • Retinal disease including diabetes
  • Fundus fluorescein angiography
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Eye photography
  • Botox
  • NHS Laser Eye Surgery (www.oclvision.com)


  • One-stop Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal and anterior segment
  • Medical Retina
  • Uveitis
  • One-stop Intravitreal
  • Rapid Access Macular Degeneration
  • Vitreo-retinal
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology
  • Orthoptics
  • Laser (YAG and Diabetic)
  • Contact lens and refraction
  • Oculoplastics
  • NHS Laser Eye Surgery (oclondon.com)

Patient Information Leaflets

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital


Mr Aires Lobo Clinical Director
Julian Robins
Lydia Chang Locum Consultant
Jose Maya Consultant Ophthalmologist
Venki Sundaram Cataract, Medical Retina
Susan Sarangapani Oculoplastic, Lacrimal, Orbital
Ranjit Sandhu Cataract, Medical Retina, Uveitis
Mala Subash Cataract, Medicial Retina
Jonathan Barnes Cataract, Paediatric, Ocular motility
Jason Chan Cataract, Glaucoma, Neuro-ophthalmology
Allon Barsam Cataract, Cornea

Useful Contacts

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Clinical Director Mr Aires Lobo
Eye Clinic Reception: Via switchboard ext. 2159
Clinical Director: Miss Susan Sarangapani
Direct Fax Number: ldophthalmology@nhs.net
Outpatients booking department: 01582 561385
Nurse Practitioner: Sharon Hanniffy
01582 497412/ Bleep 273
Switchboard 01582 491166
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