Retina and Cataract at Clinica
Full range of ophthalmic services now at Clinica London
Clinica London at 140 Harley Street has recently expanded to include a full range of ophthalmic services in addition to the oculoplastic and aesthetic rejuvenation surgery and treatments on offer since its opening in 2011.
“With the new retina and macular clinic working within Clinica we can now also treat adults and children with acute and general eye problems including cataract”, explained Clinica founder and consultant ophthalmologist, Jane Olver, who continues to offer specialist oculoplastic eyelid, orbital and tear duct work.
Jane has been joined by two other ophthalmologists: Michael Michaelides, a specialist in medical retina, and Jaheed Khan, who specialises in medical retina and cataract. There is now Retina at Clinica and Cataract at Clinica.
An OCT (optical coherence tomography) machine is being used to obtain detailed images from within the retina – the layer of neurosensory tissue that lines the back inside wall of the eye and includes the macula.
Eye angiograms, using fluoroscein a yellow dye, are performed to examine, via cameras, the flow of blood through the vessels in the back of the eye. Such tests give a detailed picture of the condition of the retina and are also used to detect any blockages, tears or leakages. In addition they provide a window to the body’s circulatory system and can be used as a tool in diagnosing the early signs of conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
The pictures taken also allow measurement of macular degeneration. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a painless condition that leads to a gradual loss of central vision. It is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the over fifties in the UK and, due to the damage it causes the retina, it makes it difficult for sufferers to recognise faces or read, although they may have enough peripheral vision to allow other activities. It is not known exactly what causes the macula to become damaged, but smoking, a poor diet and hereditary factors are thought to play a part.
Family history is also considered relevant in conditions such as retinal tears and detachment of the retina. In these cases often the first symptom is seeing “floaters” or the sudden appearance of “flashes” and “showers of spots”. Many other eye diseases are asymptomatic, which is one reason why health care professionals emphasise the importance of regular and thorough eye examinations as part of everyone’s routine primary health care.