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Medical and Surgical Retinal Services

Service Description

The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) provides secondary and tertiary care to residents of Greater Manchester and beyond with retinal disorders (problems at the back of the eye including the vitreous and retina). Broadly speaking these conditions are divided between Medical Retina (diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions and age-related macular degeneration) treated with retinal laser or injections, and Surgical Retina (Vitreoretinal Surgery) where an operation is required (retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membranes, severe diabetic ete disease, etc). MREH has a large body of consultants with expertise in these areas, who are supported by a large multidisciplinary team of specialist nurses, optometrists and ophthalmic photographers to provide a high-throughput, comprehensive yet patient-centred service.


Mr Stephen Charles (Lead Clinician, Medical and Surgical Retina Services)

Mr Sajjad Mahmood (Lead Clinician, Macular treatment unit, Medical Retina)

Mrs Yvonne D'Souza (Lead Clinician, Diabetic Retinopathy Service, Medical Retina)


Prof Tariq Aslam (Medical Retina)

Mr Konstantinos Balaskas (Medical Retina)

Prof Paul Bishop (Medical Retina, Genetic eye disease)

Mr Dhawahir-Scala (Medical and Surgical Retina)

Mr Niall Patton (Medical and Surgical Retina)

Prof Paulo Stanga (Medical and Surgical Retina)

Mrs Amy Stone (Medical Retina)

Mr George Turner (Medical and Surgical Retina)


Rita Mclauchlan: Vitreoretinal Nurse Practitioner


Medical Retinal Service:

As a well recognized teaching and research institution, the MREH's  retinal specialists are in the forefront of new treatment modalities providing diagnosis and treatment for diabetic retinopathy as well as other retinal vascular disorders including retinal vein occlusions and other causes of macular oedema. The Macular Treatment Unit, started in 2000, provides a comprehensive, "one-stop" service for patients with age-related macular degeneration, and other conditions requiring regular intravitreal injections. As part of our commitment to teaching we offer Clinical Fellowships in Medical Retina, as well as general ophthalmology training.

The latest ophthalmic imaging is available including:

Digital fluorescein angiography to examine the circulation of the retina

Fundus/Widefield Optos photography to document retinal pathology

ICG (indocyanine green) angiography to enhance visualization of the choroidal layer, deep to the retina

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) to obtain a cross-sectional image of the retina

B-scan ultrasonography to measure the eye and identify abnormalities in the retina when the retina cannot be visualized


Vitreoretinal Surgery:

The Vitreoretinal Unit at MREH has a national and international standing as a centre of excellence providing surgical treatments for complex retinal problems including:

Retinal Detachment

Macular Hole

Epiretinal membrane

Complicated Diabetic Eye Disease

Complications after cataract surgery

Eye injuries


Patients with urgent eye problems (ie: Retinal Detachment) can be referred to the Unit for emergency surgery. The Vitreoretinal Unit has a renowned Fellowship training programme: many Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeons in the UK and overseas (Spain, Italy, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia) have been trained in Manchester.


Outpatients Department, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Contact Number:

0161 276 1234 (Main switchboard)

Useful links:




www.rnib.org.uk or phone the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999.