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CASE NOTES
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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Tuesday 15 February 2005
Moorfields Eye Hospital

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Moorfields Eye Hospital

The oldest specialist eye hospital in the world - Moorfields in London - is celebrating its 200th anniversary.

In this episode of Case Notes Dr Mark Porter visits Moorfields to find out more about the hospital and the eye conditions its staff deal with every day.

The retina


Sometimes the retina, the light sensitive tissue layer at the back of the eye, can become detached from the eye's inner lining, causing severe sight problems.

The surgeons at Moorfields can reattach the retina by 'freezing' it back into place while the patient is still awake; Mark Porter finds out more about the procedure.

And he visits the Accident & Emergency department at the hospital, where the staff deal with anything from conjunctivitis to serious eye injuries every day.

Diabetic retinopathy

At least six out of ten diabetics are affected by diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes where the blood vessels of the retina are damaged, sometimes causing permanent blindness.

With regular sight checks and careful management of their diabetes, those at risk should be able to avoid losing their sight.

The experts at Moorfields give us the lowdown on the condition.

Laser eye surgery

More and more people are turning to laser eye surgery as a way to permanently correct short sight, long sight and astigmatism.

Mark considers the questions anyone thinking about laser eye surgery should ask: Who can have it done? What are the risks? Where should you have the procedure done - and should you choose the practitioner by cost alone? 

Contact lenses

Some contact lens wearers are putting their sight at risk if they don't keep their lenses clean.

Mark finds out about some of the conditions lens users could face, and which steps they should be taking to protect themselves.
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