We treat all conditions of the ageing eye, including:

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Diseases including Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Eye Disease (diabetic retinopathy)
  • Dry Eye
  • Pterygium (sutureless pterygium surgery)
  • Retinal Vein Occlusions
  • Retinal Artery Occlusions
  • Retinal Tears
eye showing cataract

Cataracts in Ageing Eyes

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. The lens is located just behind the iris (the coloured part of the eye). It is approximately the size of a Smartie®, and is responsible for focusing the incoming light onto the retina.

As the lens becomes cloudy, it obscures the incoming light from reaching the retina. Cataract therefore reduces our quality of vision. Cataract formation is accelerated by UV light, diabetes, short-sightedness, eye trauma, iritis, certain eye surgeries, certain medications and certain medical conditions.

eye showing glaucoma


Glaucoma occurs with the fluid in your eye, the aqueous humour, is produced faster than it can drain away.  This causes increased intraocular pressure (IOP), which damages the optic nerve.  It will result in blindness if it is not treated.  You may not know you have glaucoma, so you need to have your eyes examined regularly if you are over 40.

eye showing age related macular degeneration

Macular Degeneration Treatment

The ‘macula’ is the centre of the central and high-resolution area of the retina. It is where light is focussed and it allows us to see objects in fine detail. Many diseases can affect the macular but age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common. It tends to occur in people over the age of 60 but there are similar conditions that can occur in younger people. Fortunately, effective treatments now exist. Dr Andrew will be happy to discuss all treatment modalities including diet, lifestyle, laser and eye injections.

ageing eye suffering dry eye

Dry Eye for Ageing Eyes

Are your eyes burning, stinging, itchy, sore or red? Does your vision get blurry when reading? Do you suffer from chalizia, styes, and eyelid infections?

These are all symptoms of dry eye.

diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Treatment

The simplest way to understand diabetes is to think of your blood vessels as metal pipes. Sugar causes your pipes to ‘rust’ and leak fluid. In the eye, this causes the retina to become swollen, which blurs your vision. Diabetic retinopathy can be blinding if not treated. Management involves laser and eye injections. Dr Andrew practices in line with current standards of best practice, as determined by large clinical trial data. Dr Andrew also works with your GP to optimize your risk factors for vision loss including blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

pterygium in ageing eyes UV exposure

Pterygium Surgery

A pterygium is a fleshy, abnormal growth of the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane layer of the eye). It is common in people with a lot of UV light exposure, such as surfers and people who work outdoors. It is not a cancer but it can grow quite large and cause significant irritation, redness, and blurred vision. Treatment involves complete removal of all of the abnormal tissue and covering the surgical area with normal conjunctiva from another part of the eye. The procedure can give outstanding cosmetic results. I typically perform this surgery without stitches.

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