Established to help detect and treat glaucoma, which is estimated to effect 500,000 adults in the UK, the service has been introduced during World Glaucoma Week (8–14 March).
Hospital director at Optegra Manchester Eye Hospital, Caroline McHugh, said: “This is a completely new service for the region, as we aim to bring our expertise to more and more people. The new clinic will mean the people of Macclesfield and surrounding areas can access the monitoring service at their convenience.”
The service will be run by consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Dan Nguyen. It includes: 12 months of diagnosis and monitoring in order to identify and capture conditions early; continued care with direct access to a leading glaucoma ophthalmic specialist; two to three assessments during the year and advice on any necessary treatment.
Ms McHugh added: “Patients can attend the clinic with a referral from their GP or optometrist. We truly believe this is a way of reassuring local people and also helping to treat this terrible condition before it has progressed to a late stage.”
The introduction of the service in Manchester follows a similar scheme which was introduced at Optegra’s London hospital last June.