The retina is a layer of highly specialised light-sensitive cells (photoreceptors) located at the back of the eye which convert light into electrical impulses. These impulses are then sent to the brain via the optic nerve to be processed as visual images.
Any condition affecting the retina can cause damage to the photoreceptors thereby causing a reduction in vision. Common conditions that I can help diagnose and treat are:
- Age related macular degeneration: Using a very sensitive and safe scan (called Optical Coherence Tomography), I can diagnose both “dry” and “wet” macular degeneration and advise on further tests as needed. In case of “wet” macular degeneration (where abnormal blood vessels in the retina can cause bleeding), I offer treatment with the latest eye injections (called intravitreal anti-VEGF injections – Lucentis and Eylea) to stabilise and improve vision. Injections are delivered using a state-of-the-art Intravitreal Injection Guide which I have designed and is now used worldwide. This means that no claustrophobic drape is placed on the face and no uncomfortable lid speculum is used. The injection is over before you know it!
- Retinal vein occlusion: A retinal vein occlusion can also cause bleeding and fluid collection (macular oedema) within the retina causing a reduction in vision. It is important to ensure that any causative underlying health issues are identified and treated promptly to prevent a reoccurence or similar event in the other eye (also to prevent similar problems with blood vessels in the heart or brain). I offer the latest treatments with lasers, intravitreal anti-VEGF injections (Lucentis/Eylea) and steroid implants (Ozurdex).
- Diabetic Retinopathy: For diabetics, regular checks of the retina are essential to identify sight-threatening effects of the condition. These can then be treated with a combination of good diabetic control, lasers and intravitreal injections before any harm comes to vision.
For the best possible vision and to book a private appointment, please contact my secretaries at:
Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital (Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG)
Angela Vowden (01752 761814)
The Medical Eye Clinic (Glen House, Sigford Road, Marsh Barton Trading Estate, Exeter, EX2 8NL)
Tara Martin (01392 829436)