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 

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease or neuropathy of the optic nerve(which connects your eyes with the visual centre in the brain). It is commonly but not always associated with raised intraocular pressure (IOP) which causes damaging changes to the optic nerve (appears as increased cupping/excavation at the centre of the optic nerve head) and this leads to progressive visual field loss, usually starting in the periphery and gradually spreading centrally. It is increasingly being realized that other factors - such as optic nerve head perfusion, are concomitantly responsible for optic neuropathy in adult glaucoma. 

 

Even when central vision is still good, glaucoma may affect the vision needed for driving and getting about (for instance, seeing steps), it also affects the sense of brightness and contrast sensitivity (finer vision). 

 

Raised pressure in the eye is due to an imbalance in the production of fluid in the eye (from the ciliary body behind the iris)  and drainage of fluid out of the eye (through the trabecular meshwork which lies between the iris and the cornea). Excess fluid causes increased pressure that can lead to glaucoma. 

 

About 60 million people worldwide and 480,000 people in England suffer from glaucoma. In the UK, it is estimated that 50% of people with glaucoma are not diagnosed! 

 

There are over a million glaucoma-related outpatient visits in the hospital eye service annually. Once diagnosed, people with glaucoma need lifelong monitoring so that any progression of visual damage can be detected.

 

Without appropriate treatment, the loss of visual field and vision gets worse over a period of many months and years. The aim of glaucoma treatment is to slow down this rate of deterioration of your visual faculties so as to aim to keep you seeing till the last days. 

 

Once lost, sight cannot be restored, and controlling the condition, together with prevention, or at least minimisation of ongoing damage, is crucial to maintaining a sighted lifetime. Mr Raj's extensive glaucoma experience may be helpful in managing your glaucoma needs and in preservation of your sight.

 

 

Glaucoma video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLcw13LzpHI

 

 

Further information on Glaucoma:

 

Understanding Glaucoma: http://www.rcophth.ac.uk/page.asp?section=365

 

 

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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