Sunderland Eye Infirmary provides a whole range of ophthalmic services for the population of Sunderland and the immediate surrounding area and is also a sub-regional centre, servicing the population of the North East of England seeing in the region of 100,000 attendances every year.

Nationally renowned for its innovation and high quality services, Sunderland Eye Infirmary is the home of the only 24/7 dedicated Ophthalmic Accident and Emergency Unit servicing the North East. The centre treats approximately 32,000 patients per year, with conditions ranging from minor irritations to major ocular trauma.

Our services include:

  • Cataract Treatment Centre
  • Glaucoma Unit and Mayling Diagnostic Unit
  • Macular Unit
  • Medical Photography Department
  • Optometry Department
  • Orthoptic Department
  • Sunderland Eye Infirmary Emergency Department

Our main theatres/day case unit is a very busy dual theatre suite which carries out all inpatient surgery and non-cataract day case surgery such as lid surgery. There are elective lists every day and emergency lists held at weekends and bank holidays. The consultant team have an on call rota for general ophthalmology and for retinal surgery as part of the regional services. Nurse led minor operations and injections also take place within the theatre area as part of the macular activity. If you're attending for a day case, feel free to bring a relative with you who can stay in the waiting area until you're finished.

Contact us

Outpatients A 0191 565 6256 extension 46273

Outpatients B 0191 565 6256 extension 49080

Haygarth Ward 0191 565 6256 extension 46249

Finding us

Sunderland Eye Infirmary: Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, SR2 9HP

Outpatient clinics are held at the SEI hub and a further nine spoke sites including South Tyneside, Durham and Hartlepool.

Our team

Divisional General Manager: Anna Hargrave

Directorate Manager: Tina Morrell

Clinical Director: Dr Lawrence Gnanaraj

Matron: Denise Johnson