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
Thank you for your kindness and support regarding my recent cataract treatment at Sarum Vision. Throughout my initial assessment you provided me with comprehensive information and clarity regarding my options, whilst retaining a cheerful but professional manner at all times. I felt reassured and confident about surgery and Mr Wakefield and the surgical team were wonderful throughout the procedures for both eyes, Mr Wakefield kept me informed as to what he was doing right the way through and at no point did I feel anxious or worried. I am so very pleased with the results. I can’t thank you enough. I have already recommended Sarum Vision to a couple of friends and I will continue to do so. Sarum Vision provided me with a prompt professional service, the staff were all fantastic , it was good value for money and I have walked away with the amazing gift of being able to see without having to use contact lenses or glasses. You are amazing ! Keep up the good work !!!
Mr Wakefield I can only describe the results of the cataract operations you did for me as “life enhancing”. I only have to use glasses on rare occasions, when the light is low, and the print is small. Otherwise, I can see near and far with restored clarity and focus. Driving has become a pleasure again, my bird identification skills are restored, I can thread a needle without stabbing myself, and I have gained hours a week by not having to hunt down the right pair of glasses for what I want to do.
What I appreciated about the process, in addition to the wonderful result, is the manner in which the clinic operates. You yourself were endlessly patient in answering all my (endless) questions, and obviously highly skilled in your art, but on top of that the kindness and understanding shown by you and all the staff, particularly Julie, was outstanding.
So thank you all.
This has been simply incredible for me – I have the vision of my youth back again – perfect for reading, computers and driving without glasses. I really never dreamed this would be possible. The process was reassuring and straight-forward, and the actual cataract operations were very speedy and entirely pain free (I am bit of a wimp). Mr Wakefield has great expertise and experience, and the equipment is state-of-the-art.
“ I recently attended Sarum Vision for a cyst of moll removal under the care of Mr Naeem Haq. From the initial consultation through to the removal procedure I found the staff care excellent and the environment to be relaxing, with any concerns or enquiries dealt with in a caring manner by all members of the team that I met. My special thanks go to Mr Haq for his skills and his reassuring manner which was superb; I could not have wished for better ”
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.
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 £200 for tests)|
|Laser package price
(includes follow-up consultation)
|One eye £875
Both eyes £1525