Mr Akash Raj MBBS & MD (AIIMS), MRCS, DRCOphth, FRCS, FRCOphth, PG Dip (Distinction) Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist and Cataract surgeon, Birmingham, Dudley, Ashby De La Zouch, Midlands, UK
Mr Akash Raj MBBS & MD (AIIMS), MRCS, DRCOphth, FRCS, FRCOphth, PG Dip (Distinction)Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist and Cataract surgeon, Birmingham, Dudley, Ashby De La Zouch, Midlands, UK 

Risk factors for Glaucoma

Raised Intraocular pressure (eye pressure): This is the most important risk factor and most common association for glaucoma.

 

Age: Glaucoma is age related. Risk of Glaucoma increases with age. Around 2% of people older than 40 years have glaucoma, rising to almost 10% in people older than 75 years in white Europeans. 

 

Sex: Women are at increased risk of Chronic/Primary Open Angle Glaucoma(COAG)[about 80% of people with COAG are women].

 

Family history of Glaucoma: If one or more of your blood relatives suffer from glaucoma, you are at an increased risk to develop glaucoma yourself. The risk of glaucoma is increased by 4 to 10 fold with a family history of glaucoma.

 

Diabetes: If you have diabetes, you are more at risk of Glaucoma than if you did not have diabetes.

 

Significant Blood Loss: Acute and significant blood loss may be associated with increased risk of glaucoma.

 

High Myopia(shortsightedness=minus power in glasses/contact lens): This increases the risk of open angle glaucoma by two to three fold.

 

High Hypermetropia (farsightedness=plus power in glasses): This increases the risk of narrow angle/angle closure glaucoma.

 

Tilted disc: Whether congenital tilted discs or secondary to myopia, eyes with tilted discs are more at risk of glaucoma.

 

History of Eye injuries & Closed head trauma: Increases the risk of glaucoma

 

Long term use of Steroid preparations: This is associated with raised pressure in the eye in susceptible individuals called ("Steroid Responders") and may be associated with glaucoma.

 

Ethnicity: If you are of African-Caribbean descent you may be at increased risk of open angle glaucoma; the prevalance is 6.7% as opposed to 2% in white population. Black patients also have worse prognosis from glaucoma as they tend to be younger and with more advanced glaucoma. Progression of glaucoma is faster in black patients as is higher prevalence of blindness from glaucoma.

 

Whereas if you are of far-eastern descent (China, Japan, India etc) you may be at increased risk of narrow angle glaucoma. 


 

Private & NHS patients

How to see Mr Raj

For private patients & referrals

 

Mr Akash Raj 

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist & Cataract surgeon

 

West Midland Hospital

(Alternate Thursday AM)

Colman Hill

Halesowen

West Midlands

B63 2AH

 

Appointments:

01384 632 640

 

Private Secretary: Liz Carter : 01384 632 636 

                               Fax:     01384 632702

                                            FAO Liz Carter

 

 

 

Mr Akash Raj

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma & Cataract specialist

 

BMI The Priory Hospital, Edgbaston

(Thursday PM)
Priory Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands
B5 7UG
 
Appointments:
0121 446 1638
(Consultation by appointment only)
 
Private Secretary:
Liz Carter
Direct Line: 01384632636 

 



 

 

 

 

For NHS Referrals through GP/Opticians

 

Mr Akash Raj

Consultant Ophthalmologist (Glaucoma Lead)

 

Russells Hall Hospital

Pensnett Road

Dudley

West Midlands

DY1 2HQ

 

Phone: 01384456111

Extn. 5815 (NHS Secretary: Lyn Eaton)

 

Fax:     01384244880

            FAO  Lyn Eaton

 



Mr Raj's private consultation times

Telephone consultations @ mutually convenient times. Please see options above.

 



Thursdays (alternate) 9am to 12 Noon @ West Midland Hospital, Colman Hill, Halesowen.

 

 

 

EveryThursday (2 pm - 4 pm) @   The Priory Hospital, Edgbaston(With prior appointments only)

 

 

 

 

Ashby Eye Clinic: 

 

Every Friday at Dr Dawes's Surgery. Please call the surgery for appointments.

The Surgery, Ashby
30 North Street
Ashby-de-la-zouch
Leicestershire, LE65 1HS
Tel: 01530 417415

Please lookout for timings.

http://www.thesurgerynorthstreetashby.nhs.uk

 

 

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