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Private Ophthalmology Services at BMI Kings Park Hospital in Stirling.
We offer fast access to skilled and experienced ophthalmologists and their associates, including refractive optometrists.
Our Consultant Ophthalmologists have a particular interest in cataract surgery. It’s one of the most successful operations available, typically resulting in people with relatively poor vision gaining excellent vision. But you can also see them for other eye diseases and procedures to prevent or correct eye problems.
Stirling is well placed to serve a large geographic region in Central Scotland, from Stirling to Fife, Perth and Tayside.
In the private sector, Consultant Ophthalmologists spend most of their time doing cataract surgery. The procedure is to remove the cataract and make vision better, but in most cases, it also improves your sight when you’re not wearing glasses. Therefore, it’s better to remove a cataract in its early stages.
Our consultants also see patients with glaucoma and macular degeneration. Glaucoma is where the pressure inside the eye is higher than it should be, resulting in damage to the peripheral vision over many years. It can, if left untreated, result in long-term reduced vision and even blindness in severe cases.
Macular degeneration relates to age-related ‘wear and tear’ in the central retina. The condition causes you to lose your reading vision and ability to see people’s faces, drive and watch television.
When you come for an assessment at our eye clinic, try to have a week’s break from contact lenses before you come in, so your consultant can see your eyes in their natural state. Ideally, it’s best not to drive to your appointment as they might put in dilating eye drops that blur your vision. You’re welcome to bring a friend or family member into the clinic with you.
At the initial consultation, you may see a refractive optometrist first. They are experts at assessing the eye from a surgical point of view. Their assessment will give the ophthalmologist everything they need when they talk to you.
You will then see the Consultant Ophthalmologist, who will ask you many questions about your eye health and your vision. They’ll also discuss the optometrist’s findings and discuss what you are looking to achieve from treatment.
Other specialist equipment that they might use measure parts of the eye. They include ocular biometry to measure the inside of the eye, a retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) machine to take pictures of the retina, and a Pentacam scanner to assess the cornea.
If they see something unexpected, such as macular degeneration in addition to cataracts, they can treat both conditions. They respond to what they find.
Your consultant will explain all the findings with you in layman’s terms and provide you with all your treatment options. They will go over all the pros and cons of treatment with you, give you time to think through your options and allow you to ask any questions or concerns you may have.
They will give you information about your surgery, how to prepare and what to bring with you on the day.
For cataract surgery, you’ll come in a couple of hours before your surgery. The surgery takes 15 minutes to half an hour and is done under local anaesthetic (you’re awake throughout).
Some patients can find this a little nerve-racking. We will do our best to relieve your anxiety by being kind, considerate and talking you through everything. If you would prefer to have sedation, you can discuss this with your consultant.
After your operation, a clear plastic shield will be placed over your eye to protect it from any knocks.
You’ll be able to see immediately after cataract surgery, and most patients go home between 30 minutes and an hour after the operation.
We usually operate on one eye at a time. However, if you require surgery in both your eyes, the second eye will be done approximately one week after the first. Doing this ensures that you can always see from the one uncovered eye.
Treatment for glaucoma is usually eye drops to lower pressure and protect the eye from sight loss.
The treatment for macular degeneration depends on the type, severity, and impact on your daily life. With the mild type of the disease, the only steps you can take are looking after yourself and eating healthily. If it’s a more rare, aggressive type, such as wet macular degeneration, then treatment is an injection under local anaesthetic into your eye every month for a few months. The injections work well, but when the drug wears off, the condition can come back. So it needs to be monitored closely and treated several times.
If surgery is the best option, you’re assured of a fast and efficient service to correct and protect your vision. Our Consultant Ophthalmologists are nationally noted specialists and perform thousands of operations yearly, so you’re in excellent hands.
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