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Ophthalmology

Expert treatment for eye and vision concerns

In a healthy eye light passes through the clear lens which directs it onto the retina at the back of the eyeball. The retina changes the light into an electrical impulse, which is then transmitted along the optic nerve to the brain. The brain processes these electrical impulses to give us our sight.

If anything changes or disrupts any part of this complex process - whether damage or disease - our vision will be affected.

Any change in vision can be a cause for concern. Perhaps you have started to notice that the words on a page appear less clear than they used to. Maybe you can no longer see things at a distance as clearly as you used to.

If you have noticed any changes in your vision, whether mild or more noticeable, it is sensible to get expert advice. 

Ophthalmology is an area of medicine involved in assessing, diagnosing and treating problems in and around the eye. A doctor who specialises in this area is a Consultant Ophthalmologist.

The Consultant Ophthalmologists at BMI The Park Hospital treat a wide range of eye conditions and symptoms in adults aged 18+. Whether you are concerned about a change in your vision or are interested in reducing your dependency on glasses or contact lenses, they would be delighted to help you. 

Many factors can affect eye health, including injury, disease and the ageing process.

Eye conditions tend to cause certain symptoms. Some of the common reasons people visit us for help include:  

  • Blurred vision 
  • Reduced vision 
  • Glare/dazzle
  • Colour losing intensity
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye pain
  • Squints 
  • Lumps and bumps around the eye - these may be benign or malignant 
  • Painful blind eyeDroopy eyelids – may cause eyebags or reduce vision 
  • Eyelid malpositions
  • Watery Eyes – caused by blocked tear ducts. 
  • Bulging Eyes 

Any of these symptoms can be concerning to experience. Eye conditions that may cause these symptoms include: 

  • Cataracts – more common in people aged 60+. Cataracts cause the lens of your eye to become cloudy and less transparent. This prevents light from passing through it correctly, which reduces vision 
  • Glaucoma - can lead to sight loss if left untreated. Raised pressure inside the eye damages the optic nerve 
  • Dry eyes 
  • Blepharitis – causes itchy and swollen eyelids 
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – affects the middle part of your eye. Two types, ‘wet’ (develops over a few months) and ‘dry’ (develops more slowly over a number of years) 
  • Diabetic retinopathy – a complication of diabetes, the blood supply to the retina is affected. Can cause blindness if left untreated 
  • ‘Lumps and bumps’ around the eye and eyelids – such as a stye, chalazion or tumour. 
  • Inflammation – such as uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer in the eye) or conjunctivitis 
  • Eyelid problems – such as drooping eyelids (Ptosis) or eyebags that overhang the eye and affect vision (needing Blepharoplasty – eyelid surgery - to correct). 
  • Eyelids turning in (Entropion) or turning out (Ectropion) 
  • Tear duct problems 
  • Bulgy Eyes – these may be caused by a tumour or an overactive thyroid 

Some eye conditions, such as AMD, cannot currently be cured, although their symptoms can often be well managed, and vision corrected or improved with the correct treatment. Other conditions, such as cataracts, can be completely resolved.  

  • Cataracts will only ever get worse over time, so we usually advise early treatment. Using minimally invasive surgery, the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a new artificial, clear one. Cataract surgery is an incredibly successful operation, one that gives people clear vision once again.   
  • Dry eyes, blepharitis and conjunctivitis can all usually be treated with medication like eye drops or ointments.
  • Raised pressure inside the eye from glaucoma is often managed with eye drops. If the pressure remains high, surgery may be needed. The most common type of surgery is trabeculectomy, which drains off some of the fluid in your eye in order to lower the pressure. Although this won’t repair damage already done to the optic nerve, it prevents further damage occurring. 
  • Diabetic retinopathy may be treated by injection into the eye, surgery or laser (photocoagulation). 
  • Age-related macular degeneration cannot be cured, but treatments such as a vascular endothelial growth factor antagonist (VEGF) may help to slow its progress. 
  • Where sagging upper eyelids are affecting vision can be corrected by surgery. Known as ptosis surgery, it tightens the muscles that support the eyelid.  
  • Oculoplastic surgery can be carried out for a range of different conditions that affect the eyelids, eye socket or tear ducts (lacrimal ducts). 

If you are worried or anxious about any type of eye problem, it can be reassuring to know that good help is available, quickly. A consultation at BMI The Park Hospital will help give you clarity about the best way forward. 

When you first meet your consultant at the hospital, they will talk with you about the symptoms you have and how they are limiting or affecting you.  

They will examine your eyes (an ophthalmologic examination) to measure your current vision and the health of your eyes. They may take measurements of your eyes to determine what lens would be appropriate for vision correction.

This may be all that is needed to make a diagnosis. In this case, your consultant would talk through the results with you and discuss treatment options. 

In other cases, additional investigations may be required, like a visual acuity test or optical coherence tomography (OCT). CT and MRI scans are also sometimes needed for certain conditions and symptoms. If needed, these will be arranged for you at the earliest possible time. 

When the results of any investigations are back, a treatment plan will be made and explained to you fully. 

For more than thirty years, we have been helping to manage and improve eye health in Nottinghamshire.   

While many of our patients are local to Nottingham, excellent road access makes it very easy for people from further afield to visit with us, so we also see people from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

Many people are referred by their optician or GP, while others self-refer. We see private medical insurance and self-pay patients. 

When you visit BMI The Park Hospital, you will benefit from: 

  • Fast access to expert assessment - Many eye conditions are better treated at the earliest possible stage. We can quickly and easily arrange a private Ophthalmology appointment for you with an experienced consultant.  
  • Personalised care – Any treatment for an eye condition needs to be tailored to your specific needs. This may be, for example, arranging bespoke lens implants to give you the best vision correction possible. Treatment is always consultant-led, you will never have to worry about seeing a more junior doctor. 
  • Convenient appointments – It is very easy to book your Ophthalmology appointment online or by phone. We can also offer remote consultations by telephone or video if required and where clinically appropriate. 
  • Patient Satisfaction – In an independent survey, 98.4% of patients said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend us to their friends and family.  

For peace of mind and known expert care, why not book your eye appointment today? We very much look forward to welcoming you to BMI The Park Hospital soon. 

Specialists Offering Ophthalmology

Prof Stephen A Vernon

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MB ChB, FRCS, FRCOphth, DM, FCOptom (hon), DO, FISGS

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Mrs Dalia Said

Consultant Ophthalmologist

MB BCh, MD (Ophth), MSc (Ophth), FRCS (Glasgow)

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Mr Srinivasan Subramaniam

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Dip Ophth, MS (Ophth), FRCS, Cert. LRS, FRCOphth

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Mr Shery Thomas

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

MBBS, MS, DNB, FRCS, FRCOphth, PhD

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Mr Pavi Agrawal

Consultant Ophthalmologist

FRCOPhth, MRCOPhth, MB BChir, BSc(Hons)

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Mr Amar Alwitry

Consultant Ophthalmologist

BM BS BMedSci MRCS MRCOphth FRCOphth MMedLaw PgD Cataract and Refractive Surgery

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