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Ophthalmology

The function of the department is to maintain and improve vision of all ophthalmology patients.

This includes expertise by a number of practitioners which include Consultants Ophthalmologists, Associate Specialists, Staff Grade and Nurse Practitioners, Orthoptists, Ophthalmic technicians, other nursing groups and the support staff.

We have the following Consultants with different specialties:

Mr Mars, Ocular Motility Specialist
Offers comprehensive medical and surgical aspects of pediatric ophthalmology including squint surgery.

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Mr Heaven, Cornea  Specialist
Offers medical management of various corneal conditions and has a special interest in small incision cataract surgery and refractive surgery.

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Mr Natha, Retinal Specialist
Offers a comprehensive medical retinal service including all types of diabetic retinopathy and Age related Macular Degeneration. Wigan is one of three centres in Greater Manchester providing photodynamic therapy for Age-related Macular Degeneration.

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The Department is a centre for the assessment and treatment of Wet Age Related Macula Degeneration. Additionally, all the consultants provide a general ophthalmic service including cataract surgeries.

The other medical staff consists of:

  • 1 Associate Specialist
  • 1 Trust grade Doctor
  • 2 Staff grades
  • 1 VTS (Vocational Training Scheme)

We also provide retinopathy of prematurity screening service, diabetic retinopathy screening service, preschool children vision screening programme, botulinum toxin injection clinic for spasms, optometrists children refraction service and also retinal laser service.

We have three Nurse practitioners with undertake specialist activities including minor operations, Urgent Referral Clinics, laser clinics and specialist out patient clinics such as glaucoma monitoring and cataract one-stop clinics.

Nurses in the ophthalmic unit are proactive in the nurse-led approach to the management of patients who are to undergo surgery ie: Pre operative assessment.

Ophthalmic nurses also lead the diagnostic procedure of Fundus Fluorescein Angiography, which forms an integral part of the management of many retinal conditions. This investigation is performed by nurses and supported by ophthalmic technicians has proved to be an efficient service providing significant reductions in patient waiting times.

Contact us:

WWL Eye Unit
Ophthalmology Department
Wigan Health Centre
Boston House
Frog Lane
Wigan
WN6 7LB

Telephone: 01942 822244

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