Glaucoma is today’s most common cause of preventable blindness in the UK and mainly affects people over the age of 40, those with diabetes or who are short-sighted and people of African-Caribbean origin.
Our Glaucoma Service is based in the Ophthalmology Department (Eye Department) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and is receiving somewhere in the region of 100 referrals for glaucoma assessment each year.
Mr Nagendran, who specialises in the treatment of glaucoma, is supported by trained doctors and specialist nurses. This team can provide you with comprehensive, expert care if you are suspected of being at risk of developing problems with your eyesight due to the onset of this potentially blinding condition.
Our specialist clinics
Our eye specialists offer a full range of specialist clinics, including:
- Consultant Specialist Glaucoma Clinic - Led by Mr Nagendran
- Stable Glaucoma Clinic - Led by Staff Ophthalmologists and Specialist Nurses for ocular hypertensives and stable glaucoma patients requiring only an annual follow-up
- Glaucoma Assessment Clinic - Is for new referrals, where patients will have GDX tests, optic disc photographs then be referred onto a consultant clinic if treatment is deemed the appropriate course of action.
Our specialist team
The team delivering this service are:
- Mr S Nagendran - Lead Clinician
- Mr F Ghaffar - Staff Ophthalmologist
- Mr S Hannoodi - Staff Ophthalmologist
- Mr M Gunda - Staff Ophthalmologist
- Anne Cole - Specialist Nurse
- Sue Tabor - Specialist Nurse
You can contact Mr Nagendran's secretary by telephoning 01553 613639 or email Sivanandy.Nagendran.Sec@qehkl.nhs.uk
Further glaucoma information
When glaucoma occurs, the pressure within the eye is too high for the nerves at the back of the eye (the optic nerve_ to obtain an adequate supply of blood. As the nerves become affected parts of the eye become less sensitive to light; this is a very gradual process which is not usually noticed until a considerable amount of sight has been lost.
Glaucoma can lead to damage to the optic nerve adversely affecting vision, which usually starts around the edges (also known as the peripheral vision). It is also quite common for people with glaucoma to develop high pressure in their eye (ocular hypertension). Special treatment to reduce the pressure can be given and has a good success rate for preserving vision if diagnosed early on and treatment is administered.
Useful documents links
The documents here may be of interest to you:
- Diabetic eye disease information sheet
- Glaucoma information sheet
- Understanding eye conditions related to diabetes
- Understanding glaucoma
Go to the Ophthalmology overview page.