Cornea

CorneaThe cornea is the clear front window of the eye. It can be affected be a variety of conditions which can change its shape and/or transparency. This often causes blurring of vision and can significantly affect people’s life.

The corneal team is made of highly skilled professionals dedicated to provide the best service to improve our patients’ ability to see.

Investigations:

A wide range of high-tech imaging devices are available in our department to assess the shape and health of the cornea (i.e. Pentacam corneal topography, specular microscopy, anterior segment OCT, anterior segment USG, anterior segment digital-photography and confocal microscope). These instruments provide an essential aid for the corneal team in deciding the best management for our patients.

Treatment:

Most corneal conditions can be managed with drops and tablets in the outpatient department. For pathologies which require urgent and intensive treatment such as complex corneal infections we offer inpatient care on our eye ward.

In addition, our well-established consultants have the expertise to perform a wide range of interventions. We provide modern corneal surgery including Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty, Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty and Amniotic Membrane Grafts. Moreover, Professor Sunil Shah and Mr Anil Aralikatti undertake complex paedatric kertoplasties with limbal stem cell grafts at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

In addition, we offer specialised services for a variety of corneal conditions including a supra-regional service in ocular surface and inflammatory eye diseases run by Miss Rauz (Senior Lecturer in the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, University of Birmingham at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre)

Clinics and Referrals:

We accept referrals from optometrists, General Practitioners and hospital doctors across the Midlands. Thanks to our modern instruments and recognised expertise, we are a tertiary referral centre for other Eye Units in the region and beyond.

Corneal services are provided at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre and Sandwell General Hospital.

Locations:

Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre

Dudley Road

Birmingham

B18 7QH

Sandwell General Hospital, Eye Clinic

Lewisham Street

Hallam

West Bromwich

B71 4HJ

Team

Consultants:

Mr Anil Aralikatti

Mr Peter McDonnell

Mr Michael Quinlan (Sandwell General Hospital)

Professor Sunil Shah

Contacts

BMEC:

Secretary to Mr Aralikatti – Denise Kaur

Tel: 0121 507 6718

Secretary to Mr McDonnell and Prof S Shah – Julie Noak

Tel: 0121 507 6801

Sandwell  General  Hospital

Secretary to Mr Quinlan – Jayne Evitts

Tel: 0121 507 3165

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