If you are having problems with your eyes or looking to improve your vision, our specialist team at BMI The Blackheath Hospital in South East London could help you.
Our specialist ophthalmology team can diagnose and treat various eye conditions and also offer corrective and cosmetic procedures.
Do I need to see an ophthalmologist?
If you’re experiencing any of the below symptoms, you should visit an ophthalmologist:
- Changes in your vision such as seeing spots or double vision
- Loss of vision
- Physical changes to your eye
- Changes in colour vision
- Changes in your field of vision such as shadows or blurriness
The most common procedures we carry out at BMI The Blackheath Hospital are:
- Laser eye surgery in Blackheath
Laser eye surgery is often referred to as vision correction. It is the re-shaping of the cornea in your eye. It can help with eye conditions such as long-sightedness, short-sightedness and astigmatism.
Your consultant will assess your condition, but this procedure is usually suitable for people who have had their eye prescription stay roughly the same for over two years.
- Cataract surgery
A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy. The most common cause is simply getting older. You might find you have blurred vision or changes in the focus of your eye.
If you have cataracts, new glasses may help to some extent. However, if the cataract is too advanced, surgery is the only option to restore your vision.
Cataract surgery normally takes between 20 and 30 minutes. It involves removing the affected lens and replacing it with a new, artificial lens. Find more information about cataract surgery here.
- Lens exchange surgery
Lens exchange surgery is also referred to as lens replacement surgery. It involves the removal of your lens, which is replaced with an intraocular lens. It normally helps people who suffer with presbyopia or extreme farsightedness.
The procedure is normally quite quick and is mostly performed in an outpatient setting. If you need surgery on both eyes they will need to be done separately with a gap between operations so your first eye can recover.
- Glaucoma surgery
If less invasive treatments have not worked to treat your glaucoma, you may be recommended surgery.
Glaucoma surgery aims to reduce the pressure in your eye. This can be done in several ways, and your consultant will choose the technique right for you.
Although the procedure has high success rates, the pressure can build up again so you may need glaucoma surgery again at another time. More information about glaucoma surgery can be found here.
- Eyelid surgery
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a common cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of excess skin or fat from the eye. Surgery can be performed on the upper eyelid or the lower eyelid.
Depending on your consultant and the type of procedure you require this can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic.
As with all cosmetic procedures, success cannot be guaranteed. Your consultant will explain in detail the possible risks and outcomes of the procedure before you decide if you would like to go ahead.
Other ophthalmic treatments we offer include:
To book an appointment or find out more information about our ophthalmology services call us at 020 8318 7722 or make an online enquiry here.