Eye conditions and treatments

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that has seen some rapid developments in recent years. Several eye conditions can now be treated that used to be progressive and untreatable. At The London Clinic Eye Centre, we have the expertise, facilities and equipment to offer the latest treatment techniques.

We provide a range of diagnostic services to assess conditions including childhood squint, eye movement disorders, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, retinal vein occlusion, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal pathology, uveitis, cataracts, corneal diseases and eye cancers.

Our range of treatments include:

Patients who want a long-term solution to vision correction that does not involve wearing glasses or contact lenses but who are not suitable for laser eye surgery may be suitable for refractive lens exchange. This procedure exchanges your natural eye lens with an artificial silicone or plastic lens that provides visual correction.

Squint surgery is available at the eye centre for children and adults who have one or both eyes that do not look straight ahead. The operation is done under general anaesthetic in children, but can be done under local anaesthetic in adults; it typically takes about 20 minutes and involves tightening or loosening key muscles that hold the eyeball in place.

Cataracts are removed as an outpatient procedure in the operating theatre at the eye centre. Options for people who want a complete solution, which avoids the need for glasses or contact lenses afterwards, include multifocal lenses (not usually funded by insurance) or using one lens for distance and one for near vision in different eyes.

Surgery to transplant corneas that are damaged by keratoconus, or that have become scarred because of infection or injury is available. Surgeons at The London Clinic can perform standard full thickness transplants and also the latest techniques that replace only the surface corneal layers.

Surgery for primary eye tumours and secondary eye tumours is available at The London Clinic and is managed by the eye centre in conjunction with The Duchess of Devonshire Wing. Tumours that form inside the eye can be removed, and surgery can also be done to take away cancers that form on the tissue surrounding the eye.

If the eye is damaged in an accident, or extensive tissue removal is required to take a margin of healthy tissue around a tumour, it may need surgical reconstruction. Reconstructive eye surgeons trained in plastic surgery and reconstructive techniques work closely with oncologists and ophthalmologists from the eye centre to provide all the necessary follow-up care.

The eye centre has an excellent reputation for intravitreal injections with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents and steroid implants and has the expertise and facilities to carry out intravitreal injection procedures with any new agent approved for use in the UK in the future.