A new medical retina and intravitreal injection service has been established at Moorfields Eye Centre at Potters Bar, enabling people with severe eye conditions to be treated closer to home.
The service will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with an additional Fluorescein angiography service offered on alternate Mondays.
The new service will offer treatment for conditions that occur at the back of the eye, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and retinal blood vessel blockages. Treatments used will include drugs, eye drops or injections.
The consultant in charge of the service, Praveen Patel, commented: “We are delighted to have been able to secure the funding to invest in this new service at Potters Bar.
“As patients with conditions affecting the retina such as AMD have to be assessed on a regular basis, often to provide on-going treatment, it can be difficult for patients to travel into central London. With the specialist AMD and diabetic retinopathy treatments being provided locally by Moorfields’ consultants, patients and carers can access more patient-centred treatment on their doorstep.”
Moorfields treats more than 107,851 outpatients a year with medical retina conditions, and the majority of patients seen at Potters Bar have been referred by their GP or optometrist.