Why should I have private glaucoma treatment?
Nearly 1/3rd of all visits to the eye departments in the UK on the NHS are related to glaucoma. The numbers are increasing every year. Half a million patients in England alone are estimated to have glaucoma and another half a million are still undiagnosed.
Due to the demands on the NHS services non-glaucoma specialists or allied health care professionals see many glaucoma patients for their diagnosis and management. Many hospitals have outsourced the glaucoma care for follow-ups outside the hospitals.
Sometimes one may not have glaucoma but their optic nerve looks like one. A glaucoma specialist will be best able to help make that distinction and avoid unnecessary worries and treatment. On the other hand in many cases eye pressure is raised but it may not necessarily need treatment.
Private glaucoma care gives you a choice to see a glaucoma specialist for both diagnosis and management and see the same person each time. Glaucoma is a lifelong and blinding condition. Early diagnosis and effective management can however avoid blindness in the vast majority of cases.
Many patients are referred to the specialists when a significant amount of sight has already been lost. It is much more difficult to prevent blindness in patient’s lifetime in such a situation as sight already lost cannot be recovered. Efforts can only be made to reduce further deterioration.
Private glaucoma treatment has the following main advantages.
- Choice of surgeon- you have the choice of seeing the same person through out your care.
- No training obligations- NHS has a duty to train the surgeons for the future. In private treatment you see the same specialist each visit.
- No waiting list- Initial consultation and treatment can be started much quicker than waiting for an appointment.
- No restriction for timing of the treatment/surgery/follow up
- Choice of procedures and personalized care. Your surgeon will be able to offer you a wider choice of treatments including lasers and surgical options including newer implants based on your individual circumstances.
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I was immediately put at ease by Mr. Goyal at my initial consultation. My diagnosis of early stage glaucoma was promptly followed up by relevant medication together with factual literature about the condition and how it is treated.
I have seen many different NHS consultants regarding my glaucoma over the years, and Mr Goyal exceeds all of them by his care, in depth knowledge and abilities. Mr M.J.H., Kent
Mr Goyal was highly recommended by my optician. He explained everything about understanding glaucoma in a simple way and was always extremely kind and patient.
I suffered from primary angle closure in both eyes and was treated by Mr. Goyal. He performed clear lens extraction/replacement in both of my eyes to help prevent the risk of glaucoma. Mr. Goyal is clearly an acknowledged expert in this field and in the many dealings that I have had with him, he has always impressed me. I found him to be very approachable and he was always happy to take the time necessary to explain to me, with the appropriate level of detail, the options that were available to me and the risks that were associated with each. I was naturally concerned about the operations but I was always reassured by Mr. Goyal’s knowledge, experience, approach and attention. Mr. Goyal made himself available to me via email and telephone before and after the operations, responding to any concerns or questions I had – this provided me with a great deal of comfort. The actual operations were executed perfectly by Mr. Goyal, during which he kept me informed throughout telling me what he was doing or what he was about to do. As an added bonus, with the aid of a special lens manufactured to my personal prescription, Mr. Goyal has also been able to counteract the effects of the severe astigmatism that previously affected one of my eyes. I have had no problems since the operations and I am very happy with the outcome. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Mr. Goyal to any of my friends and family. Thank you Mr. Goyal for my “new eyes”.
I was extremely satisfied with Mr Goyal’s prompt examinations and diagnosis and I think he has an excellent manner and approach towards his patient. He is extremely professional and gives a thorough examination giving the patient considerable time and attention to their problem with excellent follow-up treatment as well as care.