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:
Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)
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.