Suffering from an itchy, red eye? We’ll diagnose your condition and provide the right treatment
If you have an itchy or a red eye, you may have either an allergy or conjunctivitis. You can see any of our general ophthalmologists here at Clinica London including Mr Sajjad Ahmad, Ms Laura Crawley, Mr Jaheed Khan, Ms Naz Raoof and myself, Miss Jane Olver. We will take your eye history and assess your vision first, then examine your eyes under the slit lamp.
When I examine a patient, I will be looking for evidence of blepharitis, which can cause red-rimmed and itchy eyes. I will be looking for evidence of conjunctivitis, which can either be viral or bacterial and can cause red-eye, possibly with itching, but more likely it will be gritty and sore. I will also be looking for the typical redness that indicates an allergy.
Once a differential diagnosis has been made, and I am sure of what the problem is, I will then advise you on the best treatment. Red and itchy eye treatment usually means taking eye drops for between 5 and 21 days and, in the first instance, cleaning the eyelids and lashes twice a day.
If you have an itchy or red eye, you need to have the condition diagnosed and start the right treatment as soon as possible before it becomes severe, and also to prevent it from coming back.
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Sajjad Ahmad MBBS, FRCOphth, PhD
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon – Cornea & External Eye Diseases, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Specialist
Resident expert – Sajjad Ahmad
I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a special interest in managing diseases of the front of the eye: cornea, cataract and refractive, as well as external eye diseases (for example dry eye disease and allergic eye disease) here at Clinica London.
The ophthalmic community recognises me as a leader in the management and treatment of severe corneal and ocular surface diseases including inflammatory eye disease and corneal transplantation.
My mix of research and clinical experience have been vital to translate some of my laboratory research findings into the treatment of debilitating eye diseases of the cornea. I am is currently the UK Chief Investigator for a new European clinical trial of corneal stem cells.
Laura Crawley BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons) MRCP, FRCOphth GMC
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Glaucoma Specialist
Resident expert – Laura Crawley
I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Clinica London with a special interest in treating patients with glaucoma and cataract.
I am very experienced in treating glaucoma and have published extensively in scientific journals and on medical education. I do many emergency operations at the Charing Cross and Western Eye Hospitals for the NHS.
I qualified at the University of Bristol in 1999, winning the Gold medal and Suple prize for medicine and surgery. Having completed my physician training in Bristol, I undertook Ophthalmology training in Oxford and continued training in London at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Imperial College NHS Trust, and at the Western Eye Hospital where I did a two-year fellowship specialising in Glaucoma.
Jaheed Khan BSc (Hons) MBBS MD FRCOphth
Ophthalmologist, Medical Retina & Cataract Surgeon
Resident expert – Jaheed Khan
I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Clinica London and at Moorfields Eye Hospital. My main expertise is in medical retina, including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, and cataract surgery.
I graduated from the Royal Free Hospital and University College London Medical School where I received a first class distinction for my Bachelor degrees.
I completed primary ophthalmic training at St Thomas’ Hospital and was later awarded a medical doctorate (MD) for my scientific research into new treatments for diabetic maculopathy at King’s College London.
I then completed higher ophthalmic training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital, Imperial NHS Trust. I was then selected for advanced sub-speciality fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital where I developed expertise in cataract surgery and management of conditions affecting the retina which include diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
I am renowned for my teaching excellence in eye surgery and am a clinical supervisor for the London School of Ophthalmology.
Jane Olver BSc, MBBS, DO, FRCS, FRCOphth
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Eyelid & Lacrimal Specialist
Resident expert – Jane Olver
I am trained as an eye surgeon, and work both as a medical general ophthalmologist and oculoplastic (eyelid), lacrimal (tearduct) surgeon, and also do cosmetic rejuvenation and eyelid surgery.
In 2010, I founded Clinica London with the aim of providing a rapid access, high quality, Private Eye and Skin Clinic with several Consultant Specialists. Since 2014, I worked full time at Clinica London as both a Specialist Ophthalmologist and Medical Director.
I see many patients with general eye problems, dry eyes, eyelid and watering eye problems.
Naz Raoof, BA, BM BCh, FRCOphth
Ophthalmologist specialising in Paediatrics, Strabismus & Neuro-ophthalmology
Resident expert – Naz Raoof
I am a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal London Hospital (appointed 2017).
At Clinica London, I am responsible for paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus treatment and neuro-ophthalmology. I also see adults and children with general and urgent eye problems and carry out routine and urgent procedures at Clinica London.
I trained as a doctor at the University of Oxford, qualifying in 2004. Following my training, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (Sheffield) and the University of Sheffield employed me as a junior doctor in Ophthalmology.
I undertook two post-training specialist Fellowships in paediatrics, strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology, including 12 months at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and in Auckland, New Zealand, before becoming a Consultant.
MORE USEFUL INFORMATION
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On this page, you’ll find thorough, non-promotional information booklets for patients with eye conditions. The College acts as the voice of the ophthalmic profession, they set the curriculum and examinations for trainee ophthalmologists, provide training in eye surgery, maintain standards in the practice of ophthalmology, and promote research and advance science in the speciality. Click here for more information
This handy page helps you look after your eyes when you should have regular eye tests, what you should do if you notice a change in your eyesight and risk factors for eye diseases. Click here for more information
BOPSS, the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society, was founded in 2000 (one of the founders was our very own Jane Olver) with the aim of bringing together surgeons in the United Kingdom and Ireland who share a significant interest in oculoplastic surgery (ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, orbital and lacrimal surgery, and aesthetic (cosmetic) eyelid and facial surgery). Oculoplastic surgery is also known as oculofacial surgery. Click here for more information