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Mr Sal Rassam  MD DO FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Your Eye Doctor

Senior consultant and founder of Panacea Medical Centre. Qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  Gained his ophthalmic experience at various specialist hospitals in London and obtained his postgraduate qualifications from the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.  He culminated his General Ophthalmic experience in disease of the eye and the latest microsurgical techniques in Cataract, Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Surgery.  Subsequently he undertook a fellowship in disease of the Retina and Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.  A passionate researcher spending over 2 years conducting research on Ocular Imaging, The Ocular Circulation, Glaucoma & Diabetic Eye Disease; the fruit of which was a “Doctorate of Medicine” postgraduate degree awarded by the National University of Ireland.  He is an active member of several professional societies and a major contributor to research and the literature.

 

Eye Conditions

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Cataract

Very common condition causing blurring of vision, glare, double vision or rapid changes in glasses. It is where the natural lens in the eye looses it clarity and obstructs vision. Most common cause is age but can also occur in other situations such as trauma, medications and in association with other diseases. The normal treatment is surgery.

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Glaucoma

Referring to the most common type of glaucoma "Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma". It is a totally silent condition where eye pressure gradually increase causing damage to the nerve behind the eye resulting in gradual loss of peripheral field of vision leading to tunnel vision and eventual blindness. It runs in families and is very treatable with medications, laser or surgery.

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Age Related Macular Degeneration

Is the most common of visual disability in the western world. As the name depicts, it involves degeneration of the centre part of the retina (Macula) responsible for reading & close vision. Central vision is the most important part of vision and when both eyes are affected, it can significantly impact daily activity. Two broad types have been described, the DRY and WET types.

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Epiretinal Membranes

Is also known as Celluphane Maculopathy or Macular Pucker. A common condition where a thin layer of fibrous tissue grows over the surface of the retina which is the light-sensitive film at the back of the eye. When this fibrous membrane contracts, it wrinkles the retina causing blurring of vision and distortion of images.

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Macular Hole

A macular hole is a small break in the macula, located in the centre of the eye’s light-sensitive tissue called the retina. The macula provides the sharp, central vision we need for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. A macular hole can cause blurred and distorted central vision where straight lines become wavy or gaps missing in vision.

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Flashes & Floaters

Flashes are bright sparks of light seen usually in the dark. Floaters are grey/black tiny shapes that can take any form or size. They are usually seen against a bright background such as a blue sky. In most cases, these symptoms are benign but in small number of cases it could indicate serious retinal problem and may require urgent treatment.

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Blepharitis

The eyelids have numerous glands that secrete oil like material to form part of the lubrication to the eye. In some susceptible individuals, these secretions thicken with age and accumulate on the lashes like dandruff. It results in intense irritation of the lids, recurrent eye infections and symptoms of dry eyes. It is a chronic condition but can be controlled.

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Dry Eyes

Proper function of the eye is dependent on good lubrication by the tear film on the eye. Loss of one or more component of the tear film can result in the most severe eye pain to ulceration and loss of vision. Symptoms can vary from mild irritation to stinging, excess watering, difficulty with vision, pain during night time and difficulty opening the eyes in the morning.

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Entropion & Ectropion

These conditions constitute Lid Malpositioning problems. In ENTOPION the lower eyelid turns inwards towards the eye. In ECTROPION the eyelid rotates outwards away from the eye. Both of these conditions will produce variable amount of pain, irritation, scratching, redness, crusting and watery eyes. In chronic cases, secondary infections and scarring of the front of the eye may results.

Latest Technology

XEN Gel Glaucoma Stent

Latest in glaucoma managment.  The XEN® Gel Stent is a surgical implant designed to lower high eye pressure in open-angle glaucoma patients where previous surgical treatment has failed and/or medications alone were insufficient (also known as refractory glaucoma).

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Micropulse Subthreshold Retinal Laser

Latest technology in laser treatment for many retinal conditions and glaucoma. This technology avoids the thermal effects of conventional laser treatments that causes a lot of collateral damage.  Making the treatment highly effective with minimum or no side effects.

YAG Laser

Is a type of laser used in the treatment of eye conditions such as thickening of the capsule of the eye after cataract surgery (Posterior Capsule Opacificiation) and in the treatment of Narrow Angle Glaucoma. YAG is short for Nd:YAG (nedymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet) crystal used for solid state laser.

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Ocular Coherence Tomography Angiography

The latest technique in ocular imaging of the retina & retinal circulation which is totally safe and non-invasive without the use of any injections of contrast medium. It allows rapid diagnosis of many conditions including Glaucoma, Age Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease any numerous other eye conditions. The Canon Xephilio OCT-A1 utilise Artificial Intelligence to produce high quality images making diagnosis very easy.

Pentacam

The Gold Standard in anterior segment tomography, the Contact-free Pentacam®  measurement provides the basis for precise and reliable diagnostics and successful treatment of the anterior segment conditions including corneal disease, astigmatism and accurate assessment of lens implants especially after refractive corneal laser treatment.

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RF Surgery for eyelids

Radiofrequency energy is used to cut through tissue providing a very clean cut with minimal trauma to the tissue and virtually no bleeding. It is better and more precise than the sharpest knife used in surgery. Very useful to remove blemishes, moles, lesions, cysts and removing persisting ingrown eyelashes through electrolysis.

Vitrectomy

A technique to treat many conditions of the retina and vitreous including Retinal Detachments, Macular Holes, Epiretinal Membranes, Vitreous Floaters and many other conditions. It is minimally invasive using key hole surgery and without the need for any sutures. That allows rapid recovery.

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The ultimate in Eye Care

Vision is so important to us and we take it for granted until something happens. We provide comprehensive solutions to most eye problems.  Our wide ranging equipment means you get your diagnosis immediately reducing your stress and no waste of time.  Modern techniques employed means you get the best treatment with fast recovery.

There is nothing more worrying than experiencing eye problems. You want fast and efficient solution. Our aim is to provide you with the best experience at an affordable price.  Please click on the button to view the list of fees for most common tests and procedures. For more complex conditions, we will provide you with a fair and sympathetic price.

Meet the team

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Mr Sal Rassam

Senior Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Miss Patel Gordon-Bennett

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Nadia Rassam

Secretary

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Kevin Harrison

Senior Ophthalmic Assistant

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Jenny Blackburn

Senior Ophthalmic Theatre Sister

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Joy Caig

Ophthalmic Theatre Nurse

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Lia Roper

Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner

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Denise Taylor

Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner

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