Cataract and retina surgery in Exeter
Vision correction specialist
Peter Simcock MB ChB DO FRCP FRCS FRCOphth
Important information regarding re-opening of clinic
I am pleased to announce that I can once more offer a service to patients at Admiral House as part of Exeter Eye and our partners Ramsay health. Things will be very different to the pre-lockdown era with priority given to your health and minimising the risk of infection to you and to our staff.
When you have an appointment arranged, I will phone you prior to the clinic date to discuss your current situation in detail to minimise the amount of time required at Admiral House. The clinic time will be for examination of the eye, performing tests and then a brief discussion of the findings and the best way of managing your condition.
You should be driven to Exeter Eye in your own car by someone who is a member of your household and have your mobile phone on you. Once I am ready to see you, I will phone you and ask you to go to the front door. You will have a contactless temperature check and be given a mask to wear. I will also be wearing an FFP3 mask. There will be no other patient in the out-patient area during your consultation.
If we decide to perform an operation you will need to socially isolate for 2 weeks prior to surgery and we will arrange a COVID-19 test within 72hrs of surgery.
I hope you feel reassured by these new measures and happy that we are able to offer consultations and surgery in the safest possible environment.
Further details are available on the Exeter Eye website which can be accessed by clicking this link
Problems we can help with
I will explain with the aid of video clips the various eye problems I treat. This includes cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange in patients over 50 and medical and surgical treatments of all retinal and macular problems.
I provides advanced micro-incision cataract surgery and will advise on the appropriate intra-ocular lens for your particular needs. This includes toric lenses to correct astigmatism and extended range of vision multifocal lenses to reduce spectacle dependance.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Patients with strong glasses or contact lenses who's natural lens has lost its ability to focus (usually over 50 years) may benefit from RLE to reduce dependance on glasses or contact lenses. Surgery is beneficial for some but not all patients.
Patients with wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration can benefit from prompt injection treatments with various anti-VEGF agents. The first injection can usually be performed on the day of consultation as as "see and treat service".
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Blockage to the veins of the retina can produce significant visual disturbance and may require injection treatments with anti-VEGF agents or steroids at Exeter Eye. More severe cases may require laser or surgery at the West of England Eye Unit under Mr Simcock's care..
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes is becoming increasingly common and can cause significant visual loss. If detected at an early stage vision can be maintained using injection treatments with anti-VEGF agents or steroids. More serious cases may require laser or surgery at the West of England Eye Unit.
Mr Simcock has pioneered macular hole surgery in the UK and performs a technique which includes lens removal to prevent patients returning for cataract surgery. The technique also benefits from no or limited (2 day) face down posturing to allow hole closure in most macular holes.
Scar tissue on the surface of the macular (central retina) causes blurring and distortion of vision. Surgical removal of scar tissue with vitrectomy can be performed if sufficiently troubled. Most patients notice a significant improvement in vision and reduced distortion with this surgery..
Patients troubled by floaters in their vision not improving over a period of at least 6 months may benefit from vitrectomy surgery to remove the floaters. Patient selection is important and depends on age (usually over 50) and the state of the jelly (vitreous) in the main eye cavity.
What we can offer
I will provide unbiased opinions on the management of your condition with clear and concise explanations of the options available for treatment.
I will provide surgical excellence for all patients with cataract and retinal problems with most patients treated at Exeter Eye in Admiral House.
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I was invited to give a talk to patients with wet macular degeneration on how the COVID 19 pandemic has affected the way treatment is provided. The talk has 3 sections, an introduction to the virus itself, then a discussion about the way patients are diagnosed and...
I will be providing a teleconference on treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration during the COVID-19 era on Wednesday 15th July 2020 from 11am to 11.45am. I will also be talking about recent developments in the treatment of this condition. The event has...
I am pleased to announce that I am once more able to offer a service to patients at Admiral House as part of Exeter Eye and our partners Ramsay health. Things will be very different to the pre-lockdown era with priority given to your health and minimising the risk of...