At Tays, we study and treat patients with different eye diseases. Common symptoms causing patients to seek treatment include changes in vision, different inflammations and pain conditions, eye accidents, lid symptoms or symptoms of the lacrimal duct.

At Tays, the treatment of eye diseases is allocated to the Tays Eye Centre, located in the Central Hospital. The services of the Eye Centre include the Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic, an operating unit, a ward and vision rehabilitation.

Patients come to Tays Eye Centre based on a physician's referral, referred by either an ophthalmologist or a health care centre physician. Some eye diseases can be treated at an appointment to a health care centre physician in basic health care, such as inflammations of the conjunctiva or the eye lid or blisters in the eye lid. Foreign objects in the eye can also be removed at a health care centre.

Eye diseases treated at Tays include the following, for example:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Strabismus
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Iritis

Tests and treatment at Tays

The majority of our patients are treated at the outpatient clinic where we perform different eye examinations, such as fundoscopies, field of vision tests, eyesight tests and measurement of intraocular pressure. Different small procedures are also performed at the outpatient clinic.

Some ophthalmology patients may need treatment in the ward due to eye symptoms or medical treatment. Observation in the ward may also be necessary after an eye surgery. In addition, we treat different eye inflammation patients in the ward.

The treatment time of patients in the ophthalmology ward is usually very short, approximately 1–2 days. Some surgical or inflammation patients may have longer treatment periods.

Eye surgeries include, for example, cataract, eye lid, strabismus, cornea, glaucoma and retina surgeries. Eye surgeries are performed in the operating unit. Approximately 6,000 eye surgeries, the most common being cataract surgery, are performed annually at Tays Eye Centre.

The majority of surgeries are done in day surgery, and the patient is discharged on the same day. In eye surgery, the patient's eye is numbed for the duration of the procedure using different methods. In some cases, the patient is anaesthetised for the procedure.

Ophthalmology emergency services

Patients with eye symptoms can first contact their personal physician or an ophthalmologist. Tays Eye Centre receives patients for emergency treatment based on a physician's referral. We receive emergency patients every day from 8 am to 7 pm. In the evening and at night, ophthalmology emergency patients are referrd to Tays Accident and Emergency Department Acuta.

Persons in charge

Head of Department Marko Kataja
Chief Physician Hannele Uusitalo-Järvinen
Nursing Director Lotta Kunnari