Before Your Consultation You Should:
Bring a list of all prescribed medication that you are taking so you are able to complete the Personal Information Sheet.
Bring along your reading and distance glasses (if worn).
Please be aware that a nurse will dilate your pupils before your consultation as Prof. Stanga will need to examine your eyes fully dilated. This normally takes between 10-30 minutes and can take longer in patients with dark irises.
The appointment structure will depend on your clinical needs; therefore Prof. Stanga may see you before or after your dilating drops.
You may wish to be accompanied to the consultation as you will not be able to drive with dilated eyes until your vision has returned to normal.
During Your Consultation
When you are called into your consultation, please have your list of concise questions ready for Prof. Stanga, in order to make the most of your appointment time.
Although we aim to keep to scheduled appointment times, due to the complex nature of cases Prof. Stanga sees, please expect delays, and allow for a longer consultation time.
For your initial consultation with Professor Stanga, you should expect to be in the clinic for around 1 – 2 hours. During this time, you will undergo a comprehensive retinal examination through dilated pupils, which includes a Slit-Lamp Biomicroscopy and Indirect Ophthalmoscopy.
All patients will undergo a Swept-Source OCT scan carried out by Professor Stanga himself. This scan identifies the outer layer of the vitreous (the clear gel that fills the space between the lens and the retina), the interface between the vitreous and the retina and a great number of layers within the retina itself. This scan aids early detection, management and monitoring of retinal conditions.
What Happens After My Consultation?
Prof. Stanga will write a letter explaining all the key issues addressed during the consultation and a proposed course of action. We will also provide you with a breakdown of costs if further treatment is required.
At the end of the consultation, Professor Stanga will be able to tell you the required treatment plan, and what further appointments are required.