Medical Retina

The Medical Retina team specialise in treating the back of the eye and will oversee any medical intervention needed

CLICK HERE* Information for patients with Macular Degeneration 

About Medical Retinal Services

The Medical Retina team specialise in treating the back of the eye and will oversee any medical intervention needed. This might include the administration of drugs, eye drops, injections and laser treatment.

Coronavirus update from the Medical Retina service

During the current coronavirus pandemic we are working hard to protect our patients and staff. We have put a number of changes in place to make sure that patients who still need attend the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital are kept as safe as possible.

Non urgent appointments and treatments have been deferred. However we are continuing to see patients and manage urgent eye conditions. For patients on eye injection treatments for sight-threatening macular problems we are continuing appointments and treatments as necessary with added precautions.

“It is important that our patients with age related macular degeneration requiring eye injections attend their appointments. This would be considered one of the essential medical needs for which it is acceptable to leave home. Mr Sajjad MahmoodDelays in receiving injection treatment can cause damage to the macula and long term effects on vision which usually cannot be reversed. We have changed the processes during appointments to reduce Covid related risks for our patients when they attend.”

Mr Sajjad Mahmood, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Clinical Lead for Medical Retina

We are taking measures to reduce the risk to you when attending the appointment.

  • The number of seats in the waiting room has been reduced to allow distance between patients. You may be given a pager if necessary so that you can wait outside the clinic until you are due to be seen. Relatives are requested to wait outside the treatment centre until you have completed your appointment.
  • To minimise the number of steps you go through during your appointment we may not at every visit do all the tests you normally have such as vision check, eye drops to dilate your pupil and scan. This will depend on your individual circumstances and may vary from visit to visit.
  • Your appointment intervals may be extended to the maximum we consider safe for your condition.

You can read more about the steps we are taking to protect you at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and see pictures of changes we have made, CLICK HERE

What conditions do we treat?

The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital provides a variety of services to residents of Greater Manchester and beyond for patients with retinal disorders, these include:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Retinal Vascular occlusions
  • Hereditary eye problems such as retinitis pigmentosa

What treatments do we offer?

As a prestigious research and teaching institution the hospital is able to offer the most advanced diagnosis and the latest medical treatments for retinal eye conditions.

To support diagnosis and treatment, the Eye Hospital has access to a number of ophthalmology imaging devices on site, these include:

  • Digital fluorescein angiography – this examines the circulation (outside/edge) of the retina
  • Fundus/Widefield Optos photography –  to document retinal pathology
  • ICG (indocyanine green) angiography –  to enhance visualization of the choroidal layer, deep to the retina
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – this allows a cross-sectional image of the retina to be taken
  • B-scan ultrasonography –  to measure the eye and identify abnormalities in the retina when the retina cannot be visualized

The most common medical retina treatment involves the administration of chemicals by injection into the back of the eye on a regular basis. This can now be done in one four treatment sites around the city. This is a comprehensive, “one-stop” service for patients with age-related macular degeneration, and other conditions requiring regular intravitreal injections. Two of the services are located on the high street to maximise convenience and access for our patients.

Who will I see?

The Eye Hospital has a large body of consultants with expertise in this area providing a high quality service to patients. The team is supported by a team of specialist nurses, optometrists and ophthalmic photographers to provide a comprehensive and patient centred service.

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