We provide a world-renowned ophthalmic service, dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye and visual system, not only to the community of Liverpool, but to regional, national and international referrals.

Our team of experts provide first class eye care and surgical services for a wide range of eye conditions, including the treatment and provision of specialist services that include:

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical Retina – diabetes, age-related Macular Degeneration,
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Ocular motility (squint) – adult and paediatric
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Oculoplastics
  • Optometry
  • Orthoptics
  • Ophthalmic Imaging
  • Accident and Emergency Eye Clinic Liaison Officer.

On arrival at the hospital ask at reception if you need directions or assistance.

Aintree University Hospital also has an Ophthalmology Acute Referral Service (OARS) which provides rapid patient review and advice, you can be referred here by your GP.

More information

You might be referred to the Ophthalmology Department by your GP, an optician our Emergency Department. Your case will be prioritised depending on its urgency.


If you need to see an optician, you’ll be directed to the Optometry Department, where you can pick glasses and book appointments for contact lens and low visual aid clinics.

We have an in-house Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) who works to develop sight loss services within the hospital and is the link between the medical teams, patients and outside agencies.

If you, or the person you care for, is experiencing sight loss and need information and support, please contact us, we can help with:

  • Living with sight loss and maintaining independence
  • Visual aids and equipment
  • Benefits and concessions
  • Information on your eye condition
  • Emotional support
  • Other support services.

General information for patients:

Sight loss: What we needed to know

If you, or a friend or family member, has been affected by sight loss, download our "Sight Loss: What we need to do" booklet below.

Put together by people living with vision loss who are at different stages of their vision loss journey, this booklet has lots of helpful information on the impacts of sight loss and the help available to you.

RNIB Equality Act

Read the RNIB Equality Act toolkit.

Sight loss and driving

The UK Government has published guidelines entitled, Visual Disorders: Assessing Fitness to Drive to give advice to medical professionals.