Eye Surgeon Kent

Mr Saurabh Goyal is a Consultant Eye Surgeon based in London and Kent.

As a specialist in glaucoma and cataract surgery, he can help you with all aspects of treatment for both conditions using the latest advances in laser and surgical treatment for glaucoma and including a bespoke cataract surgery service with premium lenses, including multifocal and toric IOLs.

It is a mission for Mr Goyal and his team to help patients with early diagnosis, treatment and management of eye conditions to prevent blindness.

Private consultations and private surgery are available at both the BMI Blackheath Hospital, Kent and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London.


Glaucoma and cataract eye disorders

Glaucoma and cataracts are both serious eye disorders that if left untreated can result in vision loss and can cause the health of your eyes to deteriorate. Cataract is the leading cause of treatable blindness and glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world.

Both glaucoma and cataracts are age related conditions that come in gradually and can have different symptoms and presentations. It is important to get an expert diagnosis to determine your condition so that you can receive the correct treatment.

Both glaucoma and cataracts carry some similar risk factors, but they have different causes and you will see different outcomes from your treatment.

Your eyes are filled with a fluid called aqueous humour. Glaucoma develops when there is too much fluid pressure that builds-up inside of the eye as not enough of it can drain out from your natural channels. This can cause your optic nerve fibres to become permanently damaged, which leads to loss of vision.

The Eye Surgeon in Kent will be able to examine your eyes and diagnose your eye condition. With glaucoma, you may be diagnosed with mainly one of two types: open-angle and closed-angle.

Most people that develop glaucoma will have the open-angle type where the eye pressure builds slowly and vision loss is so gradual that a patient can be unaware that they have it for a long time before diagnosis.

About 10-15% of our patients have closed-angle glaucoma, which in a small proportion of cases can have a sudden build-up of pressure called acute attack of angle closure. This is a more severe, urgent health condition that will need immediate attention as it can cause reduced vision, headache, vomiting, pain etc.  Majority of angle closure patients however have no symptoms at all and the diagnosis can only be made correctly after a thorough and specialist eye examination as the treatments for open and closed angle glaucoma are different. It is not uncommon for Mr Goyal to see patients who have been wrongly labelled as open angle type glaucoma when in fact they have closed angles which is a more rapidly progressing and blinding condition. Unfortunately some of these patients have already lost a significant amount of vision before correct diagnosis and treatment is feasible.

In many cases of cataract and glaucoma, cataract surgery alone or combined with additional laser or surgery can help to reduce the pressure and control the glaucoma better.

Symptoms of glaucoma

While you may not notice any symptoms of glaucoma at first, you may eventually start to notice that your peripheral vision is failing. This is when you may not see things clearly around the outside of your field of vision.

Your vision may eventually become foggy/blurry, so it’s worth having your eyes tested to see if you have glaucoma. Finding and treating the condition as early as possible will help to prevent sight loss.

If you would like to talk to us about treatments for glaucoma and cataract eye conditions, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions and book a consultation for you.