Newcastle Eye Centre

Vitreoretinal Service

What does the service do?

The retina is essentially the photographic plate inside the eye, responsible for seeing the world. If its view is lost, either due to haemorrhage or to tearing away from it’s normal position (retinal detachment), then this can be treated by a member of the vitreoretinal team.  

The Vitreoretinal team at the RVI includes three Consultants, one Fellow and two Registrars, who work closely with the medical retina team and care for all our patients, particularly when surgery is required.  Our routine vitreoretinal clinics assess and list for surgery all common vitreoretinal conditions, such as full thickness macular hole, epiretinal membrane and diabetic conditions. Most of these are performed as day case procedures under local anesthesia, but of course different arrangements are available and discussed case by case.

We are also a tertiary referral centre for acute problems such as retinal detachment, vitreous haemorrhage, trauma, and certain surgical complications.

Referral into the service

Either your GP or a doctor in another hospital without this expertise can refer you to this service if they think you require a vitreoretinal opinion or surgery for a retinal condition. Often however, symptoms develop quickly and are detected by an optometrist or during a visit to the emergency department.

Specialist vitreoretinal clinics are all located in the Eye Department at the RVI.

What should I expect when I am seen?

Retinal examination always requires dilating drops which will blur your vision to a greater or lesser extent depending on your age, and last for around four hours. Therefore we advise that you do not plan to drive yourself home afterwards.  Sometimes, a clinic visit will incorporate retinal imaging, pre-operative assessment, or other tests on the day.  Therefore, please allow at least two hours, especially for your first visit.

Contact us

For further information, please contact Sarah Pickering (0191 282 5315) Secretary to:

Miss Roxane Hillier, Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Mr. Sandro Di Simplicio, Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Mr. Richard Newsom – Locum Consultant

Mr. Mustafa Kadhim – Locum Consultant

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