Department of Ophthalmology

At the Department of Ophthalmology, Haukeland University Hospital, our main focus is the treatment and care of patients with a wide range of eye problems, from common complaints to rare conditions. The department has a special responsibility, together with Ullevål University Hospital, to treat eye cancer patients with episcleral brachytherapy. 

Our research is at an international level, and we collaborate with both national and international centers of research. We are teaching eye specialists for the future, and participate in the education of other health professions. 

You will find us in Augebygget at Jonas Liesvei 72. There is unfortunately limited parking space outside the clinic, but there is a “kiss and ride” zone and disabled parking. Parking is found at the main parking area at Haukeland University Hospital. 

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Department of Ophthalmology

Our sections: 

Day surgery and Out patient clinic

At Day surgery and Out patient clinic in Department of Ophthalmology we offer outpatient clinic services.  
Opening hours are 8 am to 16 pm. For treatment at our outpatient clinic you will need a referral.
If you are referred to Department of Ophthalmology, we will send you a letter confirming the date and time for your appointment with us. Please read this letter carefully to make sure you have understood all the details. 
Most eye operations can now be performed as day cases, which means you do not need to stay overnight in hospital before or after your procedure. Instead, you are admitted to hospital in the morning, operated on during the day and are then discharged home in the afternoon.

Cancellations by us
We try to keep every appointment we make, but medical emergencies and unforeseen circumstances mean that we sometimes have to cancel appointments. If this happens, we will arrange a new appointment for you as quickly as possible. 

Contact information
Phone: +47 55 97 41 00
Opening hours: 8 am to 16 pm
Visiting address: Jonas Lies vei 72, 5021 Bergen

Inpatient Eye ward

Patients who need overnight care for clinical reasons will be accommodated in our inpatient eye ward, located at the 3rd floor at the Department of Ophthalmology. 

Inpatient stays could be necessary due to either the complexity of an operation or treatment, the anesthetic, or because of other underlying medical conditions.
For admittance to the eye ward you need a referral from a medical doctor, and will receive a letter from the hospital with information about date and time for your appointment.
All meals for inpatients are served in our self-service buffet. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.
Pediatric patients can be accommodated by one adult during the hospital stay. We have a well-equipped playroom available.

At the ward you will meet experienced nurses and health care assistants, and as we are a teaching hospital there are occasionally also student nurses at the eye ward. 

Contact information
Phone: +47 55 97 41 00
Visiting hours: 17 pm  - 20 pm

We serve food from the buffet at the following hours:
Breakfast  8 am - 9 am
Lunch       12 am - 1 pm
Dinner      4.15 pm
Supper     7 - 8 pm

Physicians and ophthalmologists at Dept. of Ophthalmology

Dept. of Ophthalmology, Haukeland University Hospital is divided into different sections, each with a senior consultant ophthalmologist and junior doctors. 

Joint head of the Department: Frank Jenssen.

Pediatrics and strabismus: Senior consultant Olav Haugen. Deals with eye diseases in children, especially strabismus surgery (squint).
Cornea: Senior consultant Nils Bull. Examines and treats most diseases in the cornea of the eye.
Cataract: Senior consultant Karin Wiese-Haugland. Examines and operates cataracts as day surgery/out-patient clinic.
Glaucoma: Senior consultant Hildegunn Halvorsen. Takes care of examination, medical and surgical treatment of the different forms of glaucoma.
Medical retina: Senior consultant Morten Hove. Treats and examines different diseases in the retina. Most common eye diseases are wet AMD and diabetic retinopathy.
Surgical retina: Senior consultant Pål Varhaug. Takes care of the surgical diseases of the retina, in example retinal detachment, bleedings, macular holes and fibrosis.
Oculoplastics and orbital diseases: Senior consultant Dag Einar Lysebo. Examines and operates different diseases of the eyelids, lacrimal system and diseases of the orbit.

Surgical unit at Dept. of Ophthalmology

The surgical unit is located at the 1st floor. There are three operation theatres. You will be cared for by a surgical team that aims at high surgical standards and levels of patients security. 

Contact information
Phone: 97554100
Address: 1st floor in Augebygget 

Contact information

55 97 41 00
Monday - Friday 07.30-16.00
Visiting address
Jonas Lies vei 72(Kart)
5053 Bergen

How to get to the hospital

​There are several ways of getting to Haukeland University Hospital by public transport. Here follows a brief summary.

​​​​​​​The term Pasientreiser (patient travel) is used to describe travel to and from authorised treatments. The hospital is responsible for providing patient travel and will meet the cost of the cheapest mode of travel on behalf of the patient. You can read more on the Pasientreiser website​. The website also contains information about the Helseekspress and Helsebuss bus services.

Several scheduled bus routes stop at the hospital. There is also a number of commuter bus routes running between different parts of Bergen and the hospital.
Skyss has produced a dedicated route map for Haukeland University Hospital (PDF)​ showing which bus routes stop at the hospital. At you will find complete bus routes with details of stops and departure times.
Tide and Nettbuss operate express coaches on several long-distance routes to the centre of Bergen.

Bybanen light railway
The closest Bybanen station is Kronstad. Walking from Kronstad to the hospital takes around 10 minutes. Timetables are available at

There are usually taxis available at the taxi rank outside the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). If not, our receptionists are on hand 24 hours a day and can help book a taxi for you.

Bergen Train Station in the centre of Bergen is the closest mainline station to Haukeland University Hospital. The distance between the station and the hospital is around 2.5 km and is served by several bus routes.

Bergen Airport in Flesland is just under 20 km from Haukeland University Hospital. There is no direct airport bus between Haukeland and Bergen Airport, but you can take the airport bus to and from the centre of Bergen.

Waiting areas
There is a separate waiting area near the reception in the main hospital building (Sentralblokka) for patients and next-of-kin waiting for transport.


​Parking facilities at Haukeland are divided into separate zones in and around the hospital grounds.
Parking spaces are very limited, however. Out of consid​​eration for those who need to travel to the hospital using their own car, we strongly urge those who are able to do so to use public transport​.

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Practical information

Food and catering


The patient library allows patients and their next-of-kin to borrow books, DVDs and periodicals.

We have a large selection of books, comic books, audiobooks, digital books/cards and PlayStation, Wii and Xbox games, as well as DVDs, CDs, periodicals, newspapers and music.
We also lend DAB radios and playback equipment for films, audiobooks and music.

Opening hours
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11.30–15.30.
​Tuesday and Thursday 11.30–17.30.

Book trolleys
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday we visit the departments with our book trolley. If you would like to borrow something but are unable to make it to the library, feel free to contact us during opening hours, and we will deliver the requested material to you.

Computers and printers
The library has a public computer and printer/photocopier. Patients and next-of-kin are welcome to use the internet, do their online banking, print off plane tickets etc.

Visual art
We also lend visual art. Please contact us for more information.


​There is a pharmacy in the foyer of the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). This is a public pharmacy operated by Sjukehusapoteka Vest.

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Visiting times

​Ordinary hospital visiting hours are between 17.00 and 20.00. Most departments are also able to welcome visitors outside these times. We ask that visitors show consideration for other patients by going to the day room, for example.

If a patient is too ill to leave the room, we kindly ask that you arrange any visits outside normal visiting hours with the staff in the department in advance.

Waiting areas

Patients waiting for transport may do so in a designated waiting area in the foyer in the main hospital building (Sentralblokka). The waiting area is designed to make the wait as comfortable as possible for both patients and next-of-kin.

Opening hours
Staffed waiting area Monday to Friday: 08:15–17:00
Telephone:  05515

The waiting area offers reclining chairs, coffee tables with seats, magazines and coffee.

In the daytime the waiting area is staffed by two transport planners from the Department of Patient Travel. The transport planners are not medically trained but can assist you if there are any changes to your planned travel.

  • Patient travel must be booked by the discharging department before the patient arrives in the wai​ting area.
  • The departments are responsible for referring patients to the waiting area based on a medical assessment.
  • Patients who need to wait longer than 2 1/2 hours for their booked travel should do so in their department.
  • The department should make its assessments, including medical assessments, on the basis that the waiting area is not permanently staffed and not staffed by medical personnel.

Patients travelling by air may contact the hosts in the waiting area, who will help organise an airport transfer.

In special circumstances the waiting area may be unmanned for limited periods during opening hours.

  • Patients who require care and who are in the waiting area at ordinary closing time will be referred back to the discharging department. The discharging department will then look after the patient.
  • Patients who have been allocated patient transport after 15.30 and who require care must wait in their department. Those who do not require care may wait at the edge of the waiting area.

Wireless Internett

All patients and visitors can use free wireless internet in most areas of the hospital. is a wireless network for visitors, patients and staff.

How to connect to our guest network:

  1. Connect to the wireless guest network (
  2. A browser should open automatically. (If the login window does not appear, try to open the browser manually).
  3. Read the terms carefully.
  4. Press "Accept" when you have read and understood the terms.

The login takes place automatically on units after the first login, as long as the account is active. It will only be necessary to log in once per unit per 31 days.

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