Specialty

Ophthalmology

The Consultant Ophthalmologist is an eye specialist. He/She deals with diseases, injuries and operations involving the eyes.

The Consultant Ophthalmologist is an eye specialist. He/She deals with diseases, injuries and operations involving the eyes.

Diseases of the eyes include glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Operations on the eyes include squint and cataract surgery as well as laser eye treatments.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence:-

  •  laser eye treatment for the correction of long– or short–sightedness
  •  the management of metallic foreign bodies in the eyes
  •  trauma to the eyes and its management
  •  delay in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma
SUB–SPECIALITIES / ALTERNATIVE AND ADDITIONAL JOB TITLES

The Consultant Ophthalmologist may be known a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon or simply as an Eye Surgeon or an Eye Specialist.

Source: http://www.medicalcasenotes.co.uk​​​​​​​



Helpful Information for Patients

When an operation is scheduled under a general anaesthetic, the anaesthesiologist requires the patient to be fasted for at least 4 hours. An empty stomach is important during the induction of an anaesthetic to prevent any food debris from entering the patient's lungs when he is unconscious. Aspiration of stomach contents into the lungs can be fatal. This is why it is important that a patient should NOT eat before an operation.

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