About Vitreoretinal Services

The vitreoretinal team specialise in treating the back of the eye when a condition needs surgical intervention.

What conditions do we treat?

The team provide a variety of surgical procedures to residents of Greater Manchester and beyond for patients requiring an operation to treat conditions such as:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular hole
  • Epiretinal membranes
  • Complicated diabetic eye disease
  • Complications after cataract surgery
  • Eye injuries
  • Endophthalmitis

What treatments do we offer?

The surgical team perform a number of retinal procedures to treat or manage a patient’s condition. This includes providing emergency surgery for urgent retinal problems, such as retinal detachment.

To support the planning and delivery of surgical care, the Eye Hospital have 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

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.

The Vitreoretinal Unit has a renowned fellowship training programme, which attracts ophthalmic doctors internationally to come and extend their vitreoretinal surgical skills. Many Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeons in the United Kingdom and abroad (Spain, Italy, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia) have been trained in Manchester.

Get in touch

0161 276 1234 (Main switchboard)





  • Mr Felipe Dhawahir-Scala - Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon. Director of Acute Ophthalmic Services
  • Miss Tsveta Ivanova - Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon
  • Mr Assad Jalil - Consultant Ophthalmologist, Vitreo-retinal Surgeon and Uveitis Specialist
  • Mr Kirti Jasani - Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Surgeon
  • Mr Niall Patton - Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon
  • Mr George Turner - Consultant Ophthalmic and Vitreo-retinal Surgeon. Associate Head of Division.