- Accident and Emergency
- Birmingham Behçet’s Syndrome Centre of Excellence
- BMEC Clinical Research Facility
- BMEC Surgical Skills Facility
- Day Surgery Unit
- Eye Clinic Liaison
- Inflammatory Eye Diseases and Immunosuppression
- Laser Treatment
- Medical Illustration
- Medical Retina
- Neuro-Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
BMEC offers the following types of laser treatment, mostly on an outpatient basis.
YAG lasers are used in ophthalmology to treat posterior capsular opacification, a condition that may occur after cataract surgery, and for peripheral iridotomy in patients with acute angle-closure glaucoma.
We currently have two Argon laser machines in the outpatient department.
This laser is used to treat:
• Diabetic eye problems at the back of the eye
• Retinal breaks and small localized or chronic retinal detachments
• Retinal vascular problems
Occasionally, Argon laser treatment is carried out in the theatre under local or general anaesthesia as a day case procedure.
PDT (Photo dynamic therapy):
Injection of Ranibizumab (Lucentis) in the eye is the mainstay of treatment in wet macular degeneration (ARMD). However, this type of laser treatment is still used in a small subset of patients with wet ARMD and Central Serous Retinopathy. In this procedure, a light-activated (photosensitive) drug called Verteporfin (Visudyne) is injected into the bloodstream. Laser light is then shone into the eye, to activate the drug and treat the leaky blood vessels at the back of the eye.