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Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Christopher Illingworth at Spire include:
Refractive surgery, treatment of dry eye and external eye disease
Chris Illingworth has a particular interest in lens and corneal surgery. This includes cataract surgery, refractive surgery, corneal and other eye surface procedures. He provides treatments that are personalised to the individual, taking into account needs for work and recreation.
Cataracts produce symptoms of visual loss, glare and sometimes double vision. They can occur at any age, but the risk of development of cataract increases in older people. Small incision techniques are used to remove cataracts in a painless ten minute procedure that uses drops rather than injections to numb the eye. Visual recovery is usually very rapid, with most patients able to resume normal activities within a day or two of surgery. Distance vision is usually good without glasses. Where appropriate, Mr Illingworth uses multifocal implants to reduce the need for reading glasses. These lenses aim to give a better level of spectacle independence compared with standard lenses. He also uses toric lens implants to correct astigmatism, and has produced research publications on the use of these lenses.
Mr Illingworth provides corneal surgery including removal of lesions such as pterygium. In his NHS practice he also performs corneal transplantation surgery.
Special Clinical Interests: Corneal transplantation
Director, East Anglian Eye Bank
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS TrustBack to top
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