What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the most common cause of blindness in the working-age population. In most cases glaucoma causes high pressure inside the eye which can lead to damage to the optic nerve which connects the eyeball to the brain. The damage to the optic nerve can cause loss of the “field of vision” i.e. your peripheral vision. Left untreated this can cause “tunnel vision” and although rare with modern treatments, eventually blindness. It can affect people of all ages, but is most common in adults in their 70s and 80s.
Glaucoma is usually divided into “open angle” or “narrow angle” glaucoma. This is in reference to the ability of fluid which is continuously produced by the eye, to drain out of the eye through the “drainage angle”.
At Sarum Vision we offer the most detailed scanning equipment to detect early damage to the optic nerve, even before the field of vision has been affected. Our scanners also provide the most accurate structural assessment of the drainage angle possible. Our software allows us to integrate tests performed over time to accurately plot the course of the condition and the effectiveness of your treatment.
At Sarum Vision we guarantee a face to face consultation every visit with your own consultant and we guarantee to see you at the scheduled follow up interval. Your consultant will not just focus on your glaucoma, they will assess all aspects of your eye health at every visit.
What Our Clients Say
Mr Haq was absolutely superb in treating my difficult and unusual condition. I could not have wished to have been in better hands. He was very professional in making serious judgements. I will always be most grateful to Mr Haq.
During my life I have had several problems that have involved hospital visits and operations, but your style is exceptional. Impeccable manners, with your handshake and greeting given eye to eye and the impression you gave that time was no object when diagnosing and treating me. Mr Haq always take time to answer all questions asked, thoughtfully, honestly but with a positive twist. In my opinion you are amazing.
Mr Matthew Wakefield showed a positive approach when I first met him, which boosted my confidence. He was patient and sympathetic when explaining about blepharitis and the problems it causes. Subsequently, my first cataract operation was successful. I felt that I could contact Mr Wakefield or his secretary at any time if I had a problem. I cannot thank Mr Wakefield enough.
I was referred to Mr Wakefield after an abortive attempt at a cataract procedure by another surgeon. He immediately put me at ease with his easy going manner. All my questions were answered in terms that I could understand and he explained exactly how he would give me back my vision. I will need a cataract procedure on my other eye and have no hesitation in putting myself into his professional care.
How is glaucoma treated?
Treatments for glaucoma aim to prevent further damage to the optic nerve. Traditionally this has largely been through the use of eye drops, which can be highly effective and remain at the centre of glaucoma care. However, over time the eye drops can lose their effectiveness and there can be a build up of significant side effects, including changing the cosmetic appearance of the eyes.
More recently laser treatment for glaucoma has come to the fore for open angle glaucoma rather than eye drops. At Sarum Vision we are able to offer this latest treatment called Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT for our patients. Both our surgeons are experienced in treating glaucoma with laser surgery; depending on the type of glaucoma, laser treatment can be used to help lower the eye pressure and also prevent acute glaucoma which can cause blindness.
What laser treatments do we offer for glaucoma?
We offer selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) for open angle glaucoma and laser peripheral iridotomy (PI) for narrow angle glaucoma.
Following your initial consultation with one of our experienced Consultants you will discuss which type of laser would be most appropriate for you. Your Consultant will guide you through the treatment and any aftercare needed.
We look after you every step of the way
It is likely you will have questions about this treatment; feel free to browse our FAQ's below.
You will be given an appointment to see one of our specialist surgeons for an initial consultation and some further tests if laser surgery is the right solution for you. At Sarum Vision we offer the most detailed scanning equipment to detect early damage to the optic nerve, even before the field of vision has been affected.
Our scanners also provide the most accurate structural assessment of the drainage angle possible. Our software allows us to integrate tests performed over time to accurately plot the course of the condition and the effectiveness of your treatment. All of the equipment we use is “state-of-the-art” and ensures that we can plan treatment to the highest degree of accuracy. For your convenience, tests would normally be done on the same day as a “one-stop” so there is no need to come back prior to the day of treatment.
Your experienced Consultant will create a bespoke plan specific to you and guide you through the decision-making process to ensure that you are fully comfortable with your treatment.
At Sarum Vision we guarantee a face to face consultation every visit with your own Consultant and we guarantee to see you at the scheduled follow up interval. Your Consultant will not just focus on your glaucoma, they will assess all aspects of your eye health at every visit.
Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)
We use SLT to treat open angle glaucoma.
Laser peripheral iridotomy (PI)
We use PI to treat narrow angle glaucoma.
We offer package prices for laser treatment which include the laser procedure, post-operative drops and a follow-up consultation.
|Initial glaucoma consultation||£200 (plus £150 for tests)|
|Laser package price
(includes follow-up consultation)
|One eye £720
Both eyes £1200