As reported on Wales Online, Eye specialists at Nuffield Health Cardiff Bay Hospital are using the latest diagnostic tool, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), when assessing and monitoring conditions affecting the back of the eye (retina). At the Cardiff Bay Eye Clinic, this specialist equipment is used to create and analyse a cross sectional map of the retina. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is useful in the diagnosis of many retinal conditions, such as age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, macular holes and puckers, which are common causes of visual impairment. '...we have access to many more drug treatments and can now successfully treat diabetic eye diseases, AMD, retinal vein occlusions and uveitis' For AMD and diabetes-related eye conditions, the equipment is used to monitor the effectiveness of the increasing number of drug treatments now available. It is a quick, non-invasive procedure which gives detailed information. In many cases OCT alone will be helpful in diagnosis but for some retinal disorders, further tests may then be required.
Mr Amit Gaur is one of the eight Nuffield Health consultant ophthalmologists and he has special expertise in cataract surgery, age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and medical retina. About cataract surgery, he explains: “Cataract is a common eye condition that affects millions of people. Everyone will get cataracts if they live long enough and, as we are generally living longer, this condition is increasing in significant numbers. Cataracts can cause blurriness, poor night vision, or glare, that gradually worsens if the cataracts are not removed. OCT scans are useful to assess the health of the retina prior to cataract surgery and can ensure optimal results after cataract surgery”. There are now many more treatments available to counter other forms of vision deterioration. Mr Gaur offers the following reassurance: “With advances in scientific and medical knowledge, we have access to many more drug treatments and can now successfully treat diabetic eye diseases, AMD, retinal vein occlusions and uveitis.” 'Cataract is a common eye condition that affects millions of people' Mr Gaur trained in Sheffield, Manchester and South Wales Ophthalmology Rotation, followed by a fellowship in Medical Retina and Uveitis at Bristol. Prior to coming to the UK in 2002, he trained and worked in the prestigious apex tertiary referral institute of India, The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.