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Surgical and Medical Retina

You will have been referred to one of our Retinal Surgeons because of their recognised expertise in retinal diseases. Our Retinal specialists concentrate on the internal structures of the eye, for example macular degeneration, diabetic damage and retinal detachments. They do not normally prescribe glasses or treat ‘weeping or dry eye’. Therefore it is necessary that you continue to see your Optometrist/General Ophthalmologist for non-retinal conditions or general eye checks.

Your consultation will include an initial assessment by an Orthoptist (a university trained allied health professional) including a full ocular history, vision testing and intraocular pressure measurement. Drops will then be instilled to enlarge your pupils to facilitate detailed examination of the internal eye. These drops take up to ½ hour to work and you will be asked to return to the waiting room whilst the drops take effect. Depending upon what is found in the initial examination, you may be required to undergo further testing to assist in a more definitive diagnosis. This may include:

Fluorescein Angiogram

During this test a special yellow dye is injected into a vein in your arm or hand. This dye passes through blood vessels in the retina and photos are taken to detect whether abnormal blood vessels have grown or if dye has leaked from damage retinal blood vessels.

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)

OCT is the most important advance in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous in the last 30 years. The test requires you to be seated at a machine whilst an operator uses a very low power laser beam to scan the retinal surface to detect irregularities of the retinal surface, thickening or other abnormality of the retina.
OCT of Macular

Other tests

Specific colour vision testing, visual field testing or other glaucoma measurements or ultrasound examination may be necessary. Therefore it is necessary for you to allow 1½ – 2 hours for your appointment. We also recommend that you bring a relative or friend along as you will be unable to drive home because the dilation of your eyes will last for several hours. As the diagnosis and suggested treatment can be complicated, someone with you can help remember all that is said, providing you with an opportunity to discuss the outcomes at a time when you are under a little less stress.

 

Medical Retina

Macular degeneration (MD) is the name given to a group of degenerative diseases of the retina that cause progressive, painless loss of central vision, affecting the ability to see fine detail, drive, read and recognise faces.  Although there is no cure for MD, there are treatment options that can slow down its progression, depending on the stage and type of the disease (wet, dry, and other forms). The earlier the disease is detected, the more vision you are likely to retain.

Surgical Retina

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