Best Doctors help save Clive’s eyesight and control his condition

Clive, Best Doctors Member

Name: Clive

Age: 56 Reason for contacting Best Doctors: Seeking consultation regarding diagnosis and prognosis following peripheral vision loss

Best Doctors expert specialty: Ophthalmology  

“I’m really grateful for everything Best Doctors has done for me because I really believe they have saved my sight.”

Clive was leading a healthy life and enjoying a fulfilling career at a prestigious wealth management company. Like many individuals, Clive was myopic (short sighted) and in 2013 he underwent cataract surgery which was successful and he recovered with no complications. However, in 2015 Clive developed acute posterior vitreous detachment in his right eye which is caused by the vitreous gel in the eye tugging on the retina. Clive’s detachment was complicated by a superior retinal horseshoe tear, also referred to as flap or U-shaped tears, are full thickness breaks in the neurosensory retina. He received retinopexy laser treatment to control his Read more

Stem cells restore eyesight

Stem cells

This is not the first time we have used the pages in this blog to echo the exciting possibilities today of stem cells to regenerate human organs. We have to acknowledge, however, that perhaps the medical advances we are going to discuss in this post may be the most spectacular of all those which have appeared to date in Best Doctors’ Blog.

The importance of some new research The breakthrough comes out of some new research carried out in the USA with 18 patients which has shown that transplanting adult stem cells into the retinas of patients with serious ocular damage does not result in rejection and, what is more, can reverse damage that was previously incurable. The results could not be clearer or more conclusive. The 18 patients who took part in the research all had incurable retina diseases, which is the main cause of blindness both in young people and adults in advanced countries. The stem cell transplants were successful in every Read more

Understanding glaucoma so we can deal with it

The World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association organised World Glaucoma Day on 12th March 2012. The objective of this initiative is to raise awareness among people.

What is glaucoma? The term “glaucoma” refers to a number of chronic and progressive eye diseases, which often manifests itself through increased pressures within the eyeball. This condition is produced as a result of an imbalance between the level of aqueous humour and its evacuation. Advanced glaucoma leads to a loss of the patient’s visual field and can have very harmful consequences, because if it is not detected, diagnosed and treated in its early stages, it could evolve into total blindness. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world and, according to data from the World Health Organization, 4.5 million people Read more