Ophthalmology involves treating disorders and diseases of the eye. Here at Croydon Day Hospital we perform the most common eye surgeries such as cataract surgery through to specialist treatment of cancer eyelid lesions.
Our skilled and experienced consultant ophthalmologists diagnose and treat cataracts, age related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and complex eye health conditions such as retinal detachment. They work as part of a larger multi-disciplinary team when treating patients with other underlying illnesses.
We offer the best of care for all your eye needs from convenient, local and expert consultant appointments through to excellent aftercare by professional nurses and support staff.
Cataract surgery is the only available treatment if you have cataracts that are interfering with your daily life. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye and gradually affects your sight causing blurring vision. They can occur in either or both eyes.
Most often cataracts are related to aging, known as age-related cataracts, which causes your lens to harden and become cloudy. Cataracts are also associated with some diseases such as diabetes. Cataracts can also be congenital (present at birth), traumatic (caused by an injury to the eye) and drug induced (by steroids). Cataract surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic and takes up to forty-five minutes. It is a straightforward operation and is effective for most patients. Your surgeon will make a tiny cut in your eye to allow them to remove the clouded lens and insert a small plastic lens called an intraocular implant or intraocular lens.
If you have cataracts in both eyes, two separate operations will be performed a few weeks apart.
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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common, painless eye condition that causes central vision loss. It often occurs in both eyes and usually affects people over 60 but it can happen earlier.
Your macula is near the centre of your retina, at the back of your eye. It is where incoming rays of light are focussed and its degeneration causes it to function less effectively and this results in changes to your central vision. It means that things appear distorted or blurry when you look straight at them. Eventually a blank patch may appear in the centre of your vision.
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Phakic Lens Implants
Phakic intraocular lenses (IOLs) are plastic or silicone lenses that are permanently implanted into your eye to correct near-sightedness, and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses.
Phakic lens implants redirect light rays on to your retina to allow your near-sighted eye to see distant objects more clearly.
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Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage your optic nerve, a nerve that connects your eye to your brain, and leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss if not treated early.
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General Eye Conditions
We treat patients with a diverse range of eye conditions including Blepharitis, Dry Eyes, Watery Eyes and Refractive Errors.
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Excision of Lesion of Eyelid
Eyelid lesions are eyelid lumps and bumps and they are very common. A clinical examination and/or biopsy are required for a definitive diagnosis as to whether they are benign or malignant.
The majority of small lumps and bumps around your eyelids are benign and can be easily removed under local anaesthetic. Malignant eyelids lesions may require radiotherapy or chemotherapy after excision, depending on their diagnosis.
If you have a large skin tumour that has been excised then you may have a large defect on your eyelid afterwards that needs filling in with skin and tissue from elsewhere, called a skin graft. This is often performed in two or more stages.
Not every eye is the same and as you can’t insert your new lens to try it before a procedure there may subsequently, yet rarely, be problems with your new lenses, such as the wrong type of lens used or problems with its position in your eye. It may be that other conditions occur later in life and your eyesight deteriorates resulting in you requiring different lenses.
Whatever the reason we can offer a range of lens replacement treatments or revision of lens implants for conditions such as AMD, cataracts, presbyopia and long/short sight.