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Ophthalmology (Eyes)

Ophthalmology diagnoses and treats abnormalities and diseases of the eye. At The Wilmslow Hospital, we offer a comprehensive ophthalmology services delivering diagnosis and treatment of a range of eye conditions. 

Diagnosis

We have a range of diagnostic testing for Ophthalmology services including the following;

  • Visual acuity – a test to understand if there is a change in vision or problem with vision. A card with letters and/or numbers will be positioned around 20 feet away and you will be asked to talk through each line with a variety of lenses put in front of your eyes.
  • Visual fields – this is a test which could be used to determine if you have glaucoma or other visual problems. It measures both central and side (peripheral) vision and is generally used to determine the severity of and monitor glaucoma and other eye issues.
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – this technique of diagnosing uses light waves to view a cross section of your retina and allows your consultant to identify any weaknesses you might have in the layers of your retina by mapping out thickness. It is a test generally used to test for glaucoma and retinal conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye diseases.
  • Biometry – this test measures the shape and size of your eye. It can be used if you are going to be having a cataract surgery and will measure the size of the lens you might need for your surgery. It can be performed through using optical coherence interferometry or ultrasound.

Conditions and treatments

Cataract

This is the most common eye surgery taking place in the UK and treats cataracts, which is when you might have blurry, misty or cloudy vision caused by changes in the lens. You will be suitable to cataract surgery if you have been diagnosed with cataract by your consultant, who will discuss the best course of action with you. This is a straight forward procedure which should last between 30-45 minutes. After your cataract surgery, your sight should improve within one week.

Glaucoma

A condition which affects the optic nerve (the nerve connecting the eye to your brain). If this condition is not detected in the early stages, there is a risk of loss of vision. Glaucoma can occur for a number of reasons but the majority of cases are due to a build of pressure in the eye. This condition is more likely to occur as you get older and can be associated with other medical conditions such as short sightedness, long sightedness and diabetes. The treatment of glaucoma can vary depending on the type and severity. Your consultant will discuss all treatment plans and options with you and can include a number of treatments such as eye drops, surgery and laser treatment.

Need help with your booking?

If you have private medical cover, our friendly business office team can liaise with your insurance company on your behalf, arranging everything you need to start your treatment with us.

If you are self-funding your treatment, our team can provide pricing details for your consultations, diagnostics and procedures and book your appointment too.

Talk to us

Have a question? You can talk to someone on our friendly team by phone 01625 545 036 or contact us online.

Referring a patient

If you are a medical professional looking to refer your patient to us, you can write a referral letter to us and if you know the consultant that you would like your patient to see, please outline this on the letter. We also accept unnamed referrals. In this case our team will assign the most appropriate consultant to suit your patient’s needs. You then either email your referral letter to us on thewilmslowhospital@hcahealthcare.co.uk or fax it to us on 01625 545 099

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