What are the side effects of laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy?

By |2017-04-03T14:04:46+01:00January 27th, 2016|Diabetic Retinopathy|

What are the side effects of laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy? A patient visited my clinic last week and told me about her recent trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights. She had spent about £2500 for her trip and eagerly awaited the spectacle that evening. After a two hour wait, everyone around started to [...]

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Charles Bonnet Syndrome and Age-related Macular Degeneration

By |2016-10-28T15:36:47+01:00January 25th, 2016|AMD Treatment|

What is Charles Bonnet Syndrome and what does it have to do with Age-related Macular Degeneration? A pleasant elderly Irish lady visited my clinic a few months ago with a diagnosis of advanced Age-related Macular Degeneration in both eyes. That day she came to see me with a different story, however. She wanted to tell me about her [...]

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I have macular degeneration – can I drive?

By |2016-10-28T15:36:48+01:00January 21st, 2016|AMD Treatment|

I have macular degeneration – can I drive? I often get asked this question by my patients who have age-related macular degeneration. These patients rely on driving to maintain their independence. The answer depends on several factors. If you have an eye condition that affects your ability to see (such as macular degeneration), you should inform the [...]

What are these injections for macular degeneration?

By |2016-10-28T15:36:48+01:00January 19th, 2016|AMD Treatment|

What are these injections for macular degeneration? Macular degeneration is a condition that affects the central part of the retina. We see this condition as patients age. Patients’ symptoms can be a central blur or distortion in mild macular degeneration. In more advanced macular degeneration, patients may see large patches that are grey or black obscuring most [...]

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What can I see during my cataract operation?

By |2016-02-23T11:13:47+00:00January 14th, 2016|Cataract Surgery|

What can I see during my cataract operation? Having cataract surgery is a quick and painless procedure. It has excellent results with little risk of complications. The vast majority of my patients undergo cataract surgery using local anaesthesia. Local anaesthesia can either involve an infusion of local anaesthetic around the eyeball. We call this a subtenon’s anaesthetic. Or, we can make [...]

Are there benefits to second eye cataract surgery?

By |2016-10-28T15:36:48+01:00January 12th, 2016|Cataract Surgery|

Are there benefits to second eye cataract surgery? A recent new story has just emerged that a clinical commissioning group (CCG) has decided to limit cataract surgery to just one eye. I thought I would explain why this measure might not be in the best interest of the patient. Why have they done this? And are there [...]

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Is there a cure for macular degeneration?

By |2016-10-28T15:36:48+01:00January 11th, 2016|AMD Treatment|

Is there a cure for macular degeneration? I see a lot of patients with macular degeneration, and I get asked this question a lot. Here I wanted to share with you what I usually explain. The retina is the inner coating of the back of the eye. It picks up light signals and transmits them to your [...]

Did you know that dizziness improves after cataract surgery?

By |2016-02-23T11:13:47+00:00January 7th, 2016|Cataract Surgery|

Did you know that dizziness improves after cataract surgery? The obvious primary benefit for cataract surgery is an improvement in vision. There are also secondary benefits such as 1) Improving sleep 2) Improving mental functioning 3) Reducing the chance of falls 4) Reducing the likelihood of hip fractures 5) Helping patients with dementia A recent study from the Bradford School of [...]

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