Retina & macula

The retina & the macula

“Retinal disease can result in sight loss so prompt advice and timely treatment is vital.”

Retina and macula

The retina is the thin tissue layer lining the back of the inside of the eye. The retina receives the light, convert it into neural signals and sen these, via the optic nerve to the brain for interpretation. The macula is an oval shaped area of the retina and is responsible for high resolution, high acuity, colour vision. 

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - AMD is the most common cause of adult blindness in the developed world. The macula is the central part of the retina at the back of the eye, and is responsible for picking up detailed visual information, such as reading words on a page. It wears out naturally as we get older, resulting in poorer vision. 

Harley Street Eye Hospital is proud to support Medical Retina Experts who are leading many research trials each year in London. We are committed to driving research and development of new technologies allowing our ophthalmologists to skillfully treat retinal conditions in the best way possible.

Treatment options

Our world leading specialists are well placed to bring you the best treatment options when it comes to retinal conditions.

There are many options available to you such as:

  • We have specialist lens implants for retinal and macula conditions to magnify and improve images and you will have suitability assessed independently by our specialists
  • Anti VEGF -cutting-edge, proven medical treatment for macular degeneration. These drugs are termed Lucentis and Avastin which preserve vision and improve vision in those suffering macular degeneration.
  • Surgical treatment - the latest in micro surgical techniques for treatment of retina and macular disease, such as high speed vitrectomy and precision laser, delivered by our world leading retinal consultants.