Patient Information

Cataract

Having a cataract is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windscreen, and can give you glare.  Cataract surgery is an operation to remove the eye’s lens when it is cloudy.

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Vitrectomy Surgery
A vitrectomy is an operation in which the vitreous jelly which fills the back of the eye is removed.  This is done to gain access to the retina and treat diseases which threaten vision.

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Epiretinal Membrane

An epiretinal membrane is a condition where a thin layer of scar tissue forms on the surface of the retina, where the vision is the sharpest.

 

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Macular Hole

A macular hole is a small gap in the centre of the macula, which is the sharpest part of the retina.  Symptoms of a macular hole include reduced vision (blurriness), distortion (metamorphopsia) and/or blind spots (scotomata).

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Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment is the separation of the light-sensitive layer of the eye.  In most cases it leads to loss of part or all of the field of vision.

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Floaters

Floaters are shadows cast on the retina by clumps within the vitreous jelly.  They can also be caused by the jelly coming off the retina in a process caused a posterior vitreous detachment.

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Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes can have many effects on the eyes.  These could vary from very minor signs which cause no symptoms to the patient, to severe scarring and retinal detachment which may require surgical intervention.

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