Intravitreal Injection Guide
I am passionate about improving patient safety and comfort. To this end, I have designed an intravitreal injection guide (in collaboration with Plymouth and Torbay NHS innovation panels) which allows for rapid, safe and precise delivery of the injection using a truly “no drape, no speculum, no calliper” technique.
The guide is now available from our commercial partners Malosa Medical and Beaver-Visitec International. This is a National Health Service innovation which means that for every unit used worldwide, a proportion of the revenue generated will come back to our NHS to improve patient care (patent pending).
I am delighted to be able to offer state-of-the-art minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) in the form of the iStent Inject device. This is the smallest device to be implanted in the human body and offers the chance to control glaucoma without recourse to more invasive surgery, alongside the added benefit of decreased reliance on eye drops. It is usually performed in combination with sutureless micro-incision cataract surgery thereby improving the quality of vision as well.
UKIVT is a forum which brings together all health care professionals involved in delivering intravitreal injections (Ophthalmologists, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals) to share and develop best practice pathways. It is a source of pride and an honour to be invited on it’s Steering Committee, and to have participated as a speaker at the inaugural meeting in Birmingham.
South West Ophthalmic Research and Development (SWORD) was the first ophthalmic collaborative research effort in south west England. Initiated in 2008 by a group of dedicated consultant and trainee ophthalmologists, it was formed with the aim of bringing together like-minded, and enthusiastic, individuals to promote innovative teaching methods and research in the region.
Of particular interest to the group was the use of virtual reality simulation both as a teaching tool, and as a novel method to assess factors affecting surgeon performance whilst maintaining patient safety. Other projects included the development of an interactive ophthalmic surgery website, providing patients with a surgeon’s perspective of eye surgery.
The group’s work has been published in established journals such as the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and Graefe’s Archives of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. Ongoing region wide research is now being carried forward by the South West Ophthalmology Research Matrix (SWORM).