Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is not only one of the UK's leading clinics for laser eye surgery but it is also the largest teaching hospitals in Europe

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital's History

Although the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital celebrated it’s 200th birthday in 2014, the new Eye Hospital was opened in 2009.

This exciting Ophthalmic Division provides care for adults and children through a number of departments, including Ophthalmic Imaging, Electrodiagnosis, a Laser Unit, an Ultrasound Unit, Optometry and Orthoptics, the ground-breaking Manchester Eye Bank and Ocular Prosthetics department, and the Emergency Eye Department. There is also a macular treatment centre, within which there are purpose-built injection rooms, clinical imaging facilities, and examination rooms.

While formerly the facilities were spread across three buildings, the new development is spread across two floors, making it easier for patients to obtain care with more ease. There are facilities to accommodate outpatient procedures as well as treatments that will require patients to stay at the facility. By offering such a wide range of treatments all in one place, patients in Manchester and the surrounding area are afforded a more comprehensive, higher quality of care.

Technology & Treatments Offered

There is a wide range of treatments available at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, from cosmetic procedures to diagnostics and corrective medical treatment.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Children, adults and senior can find a vast selection of cosmetic and medical treatments available to pay for privately, and on the NHS. One such treatment is that to correct cataracts, a condition that occurs predominantly due to age. Over 5,000 cataract procedures are carried out at the hospital every year, a treatment during which the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a new, clear artificial lens. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is another disease that can develop with age, and is normally classified as being wet or dry. There is treatment for both forms available at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, including the Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT), a recent development in the treatment of AMD. Treatment is also available for common conditions such as Glaucoma, along with regular screening to heighten the likelihood of early detection. Should you already have glaucoma or be diagnosed with it, a treatment known as Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is available as is corrective surgery.

Common conditions such as dry eye and watering eye can be treated at the hospital, as can optical conditions that normally affect children, such as conjunctivitis, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (a squint). Treatment for Blepharitis, a condition in which the eyelids become inflamed, is also available, as is that for other conditions and diseases affecting the eye. Diabetic Retinopathy, perhaps more commonly known as diabetic eye disease, occurs when damage affects that retina as a result of diabetes. If left untreated, this condition can lead to blindness, but luckily screening and treatment is available at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. In addition to treating medical conditions, the hospital also offers cosmetic surgery, through which patients can obtain treatments such as eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. During this procedure, sometimes known as an eyelift, eye bags are removed and drooping or saggy eyelids are lifted for a more youthful appearance.

Sight correction surgery is offered too, so individuals wishing to obtain laser eye treatment to correct long-sightedness or short-sightedness for example are able to do so. There is a team of 30 in-house consultants at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, all of which are trained in ophthalmology and specialise in particular conditions. This, coupled with the fact that the purpose-built facility has it’s own state-of-the-art equipment and technology available means you are able to avail of a comprehensive level of care all in one facility.

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Leading Surgeons At The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Stephen Charles

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal surgeon Stephen Charles is a longstanding expert and well versed in the surgical treatment of vitreous and retinal diseases, and is the Lead Clinician in the Medical and Surgical Retina Service at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Having studied at Oxford University and the Royal London Hospital, Mr. Charles went on the work as a vitreoretinal fellow under Professor David McLeod. He worked in Oslo, Norway before being joining the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital as a Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon in 1997.

Arun Brahma

Mr. Brahma carries out an extensive range of procedures at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, including Cornea, Cataract, Anterior Segment, Refractive Laser and Lens Surgeries. He graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1988, where after he began training in Leeds, Manchester and Dundee. Mr. Brahma was then appointed a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Cornea and Anterior Segment Service at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2000, and set up the Refractive Surgery Suite in 2001.

Professor Paulo E. Stanga

Prof. Stanga is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Retinal Regeneration, currently working as a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Specialising in vitreo-retinal disorders such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment, Prof. Stanga also serves as the Director of the Manchester Vision Regeneration (MVR) Lab at NIHR.

Anne Fiona Spencer

Ms. Spencer underwent general training at The University of Bristol, before choosing to specialize in ophthalmology. She began her training at Cheltenham General Hospital, and later moved to Glasgow to continue it at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology. Ms. Spencer took up appointment as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 1998, and ever since, she has specialised in the treatment of both glaucoma and cataracts. In addition to carrying out treatment, Ms. Spencer also trains junior medical staff who join the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital as ophthalmologists, optometrists, and general practitioners.

Clinic & Customer Support

The hospital is conveniently located on Oxford Road, near to the campus of the University of Manchester.

There is pay-and-display parking on-site at the hospital as well as a nearby, and there is also a patient drop-off area. If visiting by rail, you can reach the hospital by taking the 147-bus service from Manchester Piccadilly station, and there are additional public transport options available from Victoria Station and Oxford Road.

Address - Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL

Telephone - 0161 276 1234

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