Cataract and retina surgery in Exeter

Vision correction specialist

Peter Simcock MB ChB DO FRCP FRCS FRCOphth

Important information regarding Coronavirus

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic all routine surgery and clinics have been cancelled to facilitate social isolation.  

No new patients can be seen at present but if patients already under my care need to be seen as an emergency they should contact 01392 434141 and leave a message on the answerphone.  This will be checked every day and I can arrange a review but only if this is absolutely essential at Admiral House in Exeter. 

I will be arranging extra clinics and theatre lists to help with the backlog of patients needing review and treatment as soon as it is appropriate to do so. 

Please all stay safe and well and stay at home unless it is absolutely essential for your to go out. 

I look forward  to seeing and treating you in the not too distant future.



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.

Macular Degeneration

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.

Macular Hole

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.

Epiretinal Membrane

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.



Performance indicators

 I regularly update my surgical outcomes and patient satisfaction surveys.


Transparent costs

I provide a complete list of the costs of consultations, investigations and procedures.


Video content

The Eye Expert website features video clips to provide helpful information on the conditions I treat.


Audio clips can be especially useful for patients with severe sight impairment.

Teaching content

The Eye Expert website provides information for surgeons in training which may also be of interest to patients.


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