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Expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of eye and vision problems

We all depend on healthy vision, so when you see changes in your eye or sight, it’s time to see an eye-care professional. Many underlying health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can affect eyesight, and a specialist eye doctor (Ophthalmologist) will give you the best diagnosis and treatment.

At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr, we offer swift access to highly skilled Consultant Ophthalmologists with decades of experience in diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases of the eye.

If you notice that your eyes or vision have changed, our Consultant Ophthalmologists can help you understand the cause, diagnose your problem, and devise a treatment plan. They can assure you of prompt care and bespoke treatment.

Our highly regarded Consultant Ophthalmologists have sub-specialities in advanced cataract surgery, glaucoma, retinal diseases, vitreoretinal diseases, and refractive surgery. They perform these operations at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. Any follow-up appointment would be back at Carrick Glen.

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital covers a large area of Scotland’s southwest, including all of Ayrshire and Dumfries. Arterial routes surround it, making it easy to locate.

Ophthalmology is a surgical and medical speciality dealing with problems related to the eye. A Consultant Ophthalmologist is both a surgeon and a medical doctor trained to prevent or correct eye problems.

Much of what happens at the eye clinic in BMI Carrick Glen Hospital is to investigate your problem and get a diagnosis, which might involve diagnostic tests, and then decide on a treatment plan.

If the treatment plan is medical, such as prescribing eye drops for dry eye, it can be done during your appointment at Carrick Glen Hospital. Your consultant can also perform minor procedures, carried out under local anaesthetic, on the eyelid or skin at the hospital.

Should your condition require surgical intervention, such as cataract surgery or retinal surgery, the consultant you saw at Carrick Glen Hospital will perform this at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. 

Common symptoms we see include:

  • Vision changes, including spots and double vision
  • Loss of vision
  • Bulges or other changes to the eye
  • Problems with lubrication
  • Changes in colours
  • Field of vision issues, such as blurriness
  • Floaters 
  • Lumps and bumps on the eyelid
  • Problems with eyelid positioning

The most common procedures our Consultant Ophthalmologists perform include:

  • Cataract surgery
  • Yag laser treatment
  • Retinal detachment surgery
  • Oculoplastic surgery to the eyelids
  • Vitreoretinal surgery
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • Implantable contact lenses

Our Consultant Ophthalmologists at Carrick Glen Hospital perform eyelid surgery for functional reasons, such as droopy eyelids that get in the way of your vision. Should you require eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons (blepharoplasty), such as to look younger, they can refer you to our expert cosmetic surgeons.

Day-case or inpatient surgical procedures are all carried out at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow, and you will return to Carrick Glen Hospital for post-op follow-ups.

You can be referred to a Consultant Ophthalmologist at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in three ways – your optometrist, through your GP or as a self-referral.

After registering at the front desk, you’ll take a seat in the waiting room, and your consultant will come and greet you and lead you to their consulting room.

Some eye procedures require drops in the eye that dilate your pupils, so you may want to take a taxi to the eye clinic or bring someone with you who can drive you home.

If your GP or optometrist has given you a letter or details of previous examinations, your consultant will go through it with you.

They’ll then ask you about the nature of your problem, when it started, and other details such as your overall health to aid them in giving a diagnosis.

During your appointment, your consultant will examine your vision. At this stage, they may dilate your eye by putting in some eye drops. They will look at your eye through a special microscope with a light called a slit lamp. You’ll be used to this microscope if you have recently visited your optician for an eye check. It allows your consultant to see a 3D view of your eyes, including the back of your eye.

They might also use a biometric machine to measure the appropriate lens strength for your cataract surgery.

At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, you can expect to receive treatments for minor symptoms such as cysts on the eyelid (chalazion) and eye infections. Your consultant will be able to treat you and prevent any further complications. 

If you need an operation for complex conditions, such as retinal problems and clouding of the eye’s lens (cataracts), these will take place at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

Cataract surgery has a high success rate and involves removing the clouded natural lens and replacing it with a new artificial one. Your consultant will most likely operate using local anaesthetic. They will discuss this with you at your consultation, and should you wish to opt for a general anaesthetic, this can be done.

The proximity of BMI Carrick Glen Hospital to motorways and A-roads means it is convenient to a large geographical area, including all of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and beyond.

It’s essential to see an eye specialist quickly if you start to notice symptoms. Things can rapidly deteriorate when it comes to the eye and acting fast before any visual impairment is key. You can see a fellowship-trained Consultant Ophthalmologist at the hospital on a date and time that suits you – whether during the day or in the evening.

Being a fellow of Royal Colleges, such as the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, means our consultants have many years of advanced training in sub-specialities, including the medical retina and cataract surgery.

Our consultants use the latest techniques to diagnose and treat eye conditions from moderate to severe, with support from our vastly experienced clinical staff.

Specialists offering Ophthalmology

Dr Andrew Inglis

Consultant Ophthalmologist


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