Albyn Hospital21-24 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1RW Directions
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Expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of eye and vision problems
When there is a problem with the eyes, many of our patients tell us they feel unsettled or worried.
Consultants at Albyn Hospital offer assessment and treatment for a wide range of eye-related conditions listed below.
The condition can affect a person’s quality of life or their ability to perform certain tasks, such as driving.
A cataract is where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Affecting one or both eyes, the condition is usually associated with the aging process, with most people developing cataracts after the age of 65.
Symptoms include ‘misty’ or ‘cloudy’ vision, sensitivity to light, including bright sunlight or car headlamps, and everything looking more ‘washed out’ than it should be.
Cataract surgery can improve or eradicate symptoms in most patients – and Albyn Hospital has excellent facilities for this hugely successful procedure of cataract surgery.
Your surgeon at Albyn Hospital will usually break the cataract into small pieces using ultrasound (sound waves), before removing it from your eye through a small key-hole incision. They will then insert the new acrylic lens implant behind the iris in the same bag (or capsule) that held the natural lens in place. This can either be performed under a local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic as a day-case procedure.
Our Consultant Ophthalmologists deal with complex cataract procedures, including the use of specialist toric and multifocal lens implants. Toric implants correct pre-existing astigmatism and improve quality of vision significantly.
Keratoconus is a common progressive thinning disorder of the cornea and can lead to severe sight impairment. Collagen Crosslinking is a very well-established treatment to reduce or stop the progression and is highly effective in preventing sight loss and improving the quality of vision in patients with Keratoconus. Assessment of Keratoconus and the Collagen Crosslinking procedure is available at Albyn Hospital. It is offered as a day-case procedure.
Problems associated with watery eyes are also assessed, with treatments, such as endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy, available.
The laser allows treatments, such as capsulotomy, for thickening of the capsule after cataract surgery, several glaucoma treatments, such as iridotomy for angle closure and selective laser trabeculoplasty.
Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery is now available at Albyn Hospital– one of the first hospitals across the North East of Scotland to offer this treatment. The procedure involves the use of a tiny (0.36mm) titanium implant, known as the iStent inject®. The smallest medical device known to be implanted in the human body, the iStent inject® is designed to bypass the resistance and facilitate the eye’s natural outflow of ‘aqueous humour’, reducing intraocular pressure.
For patients with certain types of glaucoma, which relates to approximately 70 to 90% of patients, the device has been shown in studies to be effective when implanted in combination with cataract surgery. It is also effective as a stand-alone procedure in those patients who require intraocular pressure reduction and/or would benefit from glaucoma medication reduction.
Invasive glaucoma surgery is used for patients who have worsening glaucoma, despite eye drops.
The team at Albyn Hospital are equipped to assess and treat AMD with the use of anti-VEGF injections.
During the consultation, treatment options will be discussed, and you will have time to ask questions and plan the most appropriate way forward.
Appointments can be arranged at short notice; if the patient needs a surgical procedure urgently, it can be arranged within a few weeks.
The biggest advantage of visiting Albyn Hospital is that patients do not have to wait too long for assessment and treatment.
The consulting room, operating theatre and all the patient rooms at Albyn Hospital are on the ground floor and wheel-chair accessible.
With 15 consulting rooms, minor operations and treatment room here in our Aberdeen hospital, we also have 28 private rooms with en-suite facilities, a nurse call system, TV and free WiFi, as well as three operating theatres, two with laminar flow ultra clean air system.
A quick glance of the benefits of visiting Albyn Hospital:
You can also book an initial ophthalmology appointment by using our handy online booking system.