Circle Reading Hospital's Ophthalmology services are dedicated to the diagnosis and management of all eye conditions and we offer exceptional patient care, service and comfort, using use the latest technology and techniques available to offer our patients the best possible outcomes.
We treat a comprehensive range of eye conditions, with a particular expertise in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange. Our consultants are hugely experienced, having collectively performed in excess of one hundred thousand cataract procedures.
There are now fourteen consultant ophthalmic surgeons working in our units, and each is amongst the most experienced and highly-qualified in their field. They are committed to providing our patients with first-class eye treatment. All of our consultants are NHS trained and fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Ophthalmology is the specialty concerned with the diagnosis, management and treatment of medical conditions which affect the eyes and visual system. Due to the nature of many eye conditions, a large part of this specialty is also dedicated to the prevention of eye conditions as well.
Consultant ophthalmologists work closely with other members of the team, including specialist ophthalmology nurses, and may refer on to opticians to provide specialist lenses when required.
There are many underlying causes of eye problems but the commonest surgical procedure is cataract removal with insertion of a replacement intraocular lens. This surgery is now so successful that lens exchange is also offered at an earlier age to reduce the need for spectacles, even when no cataract is present.
Other sub-specialties include:
Eye conditions which affect the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye, known as the retina or macula. Retinal problems may occur due to trauma, age-related processes or to poorly-controlled diabetes, which can damage the blood vessels and retina. These are often treated with retinal surgery or injections.
The optic nerve carries the light signals from the retina to the brain to be processed. Glaucoma is the most common of these conditions and is also caused by an abnormal pressure build up in the eye. Autoimmune neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis may cause inflammation and damage to the optic nerve.
To improve the cosmetic appearance of eyes and lids