19 July 2021
Spire Gatwick Park Hospital has invested significantly in the latest technology to enable its ophthalmic surgeons to carry out more complex eye operations.
The state-of-the-art vitrectomy machine gives consultants direct access to the inside and back of the eye and allows them to operate on the retina. It can be used to:
- Treat complex cataracts where the person has had previous injuries
- Carry out surgery on the back of the eye to repair macular holes
- Treat epiretinal membrane, a condition which can make the vision seem blurred
Mr Luke Herbert, Spire Gatwick Park’s ophthalmic and retinal consultant, says: “This is very exciting news for us as surgeons and good news for patients. It means people with complicated eye problems or injuries, such as retinal detachments, can be treated more locally.”
The arrival of the machine has also attracted two new eye surgeons to the hospital - Mr Guy Negretti, a retinal surgeon at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust, and Mr Edward Lee, who is also a retinal specialist at Epsom & St Helier University NHS Trust Hospitals.
“Having a larger team means we can expand the ophthalmology service we offer, and the surgeons can support each other and share knowledge,” adds Mr Herbert.
If you would like advice from our Ophthalmology Team or book a consultation with Mr Herbert, please call us on 01293 778 906.