Following on from the very successful Members’ Event on Eyes which took place on 10th May and which many members attended, Mr Arun Gupta, who presented at the event and is a Consultant Ophthalmologist as well as Staff Governor for Medical and Dental staff, has produced a list of common eye conditions and referenced the treatment required. The event was well received with many questions posed by the audience. We will keep you posted on future events – try to come along if you can.
Glaucoma: It is a genetically determined condition. There are many kinds of glaucoma. The commonest is open angle glaucoma. It causes no symptoms. The pressure of the eye is increased and the nerve gets affected. There is individual susceptibility for the nerve therefore one may get glaucoma even with normal pressure. The peripheral vision progressively gets constricted and in late stages there is tunnel vision. Everyone must see the optician for early detection. Blood relatives of glaucoma patients are entitled to free optician checks.
Cataract: This is normal aging change in which the lens gets cloudy and the vision gets blurred. There are no drugs to prevent or treat it. It needs surgery. The CCG criterion has to be met before a patient can be put on the waiting list. The surgery is mostly under local anaesthesia and the results are excellent.
Diabetic Retinopathy: All diabetics develop retinopathy after a few years. Control of diabetes delays the progression. All diabetics should attend the retinopathy screening service. The retinopathy has to increase to a particular level before laser treatment is indicated. If there is fluid in the retina then sometimes injections are given in the eye to decrease the fluid.
Age Related Macular Degeneration: This is also an aging process but unlike the cataract, it only affects some people. The dry type advances slowly and only requires diet supplements. The wet type progresses very fast and needs multiple injections into the eye. These injections are not a cure but help very significantly.
If you think that you may have one of these conditions please contact your GP or Opticians straight away to book a check up.