Mr Russell V. Pearson is Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon whose private eye surgery practice is based at Spire Hartswood private hospital in Brentwood, Essex and at Spire Wellesley Hospital in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Mr Pearson became a Consultant Ophthalmologist in 1991, initially at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, Essex. Since 1994, he has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and at the Orsett Eye Department, part of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Pearson has introduced numerous treatment options to his private and NHS practice. These include vitreoretinal surgery, phacoemulsification cataract surgery, diabetic retinal screening, and treatment for age-related macular degeneration (ARMD / AMD).
Advanced cataract surgery
Russell Pearson was the first eye surgeon to introduce small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery into his private practice in South Essex. He has performed over 10,000 cataract removal operations with an extremely high degree of patient satisfaction.
Patients having private cataract surgery by Mr Pearson at Spire Hartswood Hospital or Spire Wellesley Hospital can choose from monofocal, multifocal, Toric or Toric multifocal lens implants. He also offers second stage intraocular lens implantation to improve vision for patients who have had previous cataract surgery without a replacement lens, and who no longer want to rely on thick glasses or contact lenses.
If multifocal lens implants are used, all spectacles may no longer be required. Mr Pearson has considerable experience with many lens implant styles including Alcon IQ, IQ Toric and Restor intraocular lens implants.
Assessment for all patients having cataract surgery and lens implantation includes advanced biometry to calculate precisely the power of the lens required.
Glaucoma and ocular hypertension
Mr Pearson uses visual field analysis, tonometry, pachymetry, stereoscopic disc photography and OCT (spectral domain optical coherence tomography) to diagnose and manage glaucoma and ocular hypertension.
Glaucoma may be treated with eye drops, laser surgery, selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and glaucoma drainage surgery (trabeculectomy). YAG laser peripheral iridotomy is also undertaken for angle closure glaucoma. Mr Pearson has recently trained in two new procedures: canaloplasty and trabectome surgery.
Russell Pearson uses a range of specialised eye tests to diagnose and monitor retinal disease. Tests include fundus fluorescein angiography, BScan ultrasound, spectral domain OCT (optical coherence tomography) and photographic digital imaging. He offers surgical and non-surgical management of retinal disorders as follows:
Diabetes - Russell Pearson is the Senior Ophthalmologist in the South West Essex Diabetic Retinopathy screening programme. Investigations can include fluorescein angiography and retinal photography. Treatments available include Argon laser treatment, anti-VEGF injections and vitreoretinal surgery (see below).
Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD / AMD) – Russell Pearson has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of both dry and wet age related macular degeneration. Investigations include fluorescein angiography, spectral domain OCT and BScan ultrasound. ARMD / AMD can be treated with intravitreal anti-VEGF injections.
Vitreoretinal surgery for:
Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO)
Central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO)
Epiretinal membrane (ERM)
Vitreomacular traction syndrome (VMT)
Other vitreoretinal procedures - endolaser, cryotherapy, gas tamponade and silicone oil tamponade.
Other eye conditions treated
Eyelid lesions, ectropion, entropion, blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery)
Epiphora (watery eye).
Ocular infections and allergies
Russell Pearson also provides second opinion consultations and prepares medico-legal reports.