Management of retinal detachment and associated retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

"It was a huge shock when at age 38 I had an unexpected retinal detachment; it was due to having Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) as a tiny baby! I’d not seen an eye consultant since I was 8 years old and the unusual nature of my retina presented Mr El-Amir with a very complex case.

I’m incredibly grateful to Mr El-Amir for his research, his precision timing, his surgical skill and dedication to repairing my detached retina and monitoring the adult onset effects of my ROP in both eyes.

Mr El-Amir explained every step and every surgery. He answered every single one of my questions along the way. After vitrectomies with gas and then silicone oil and an encircling scleral buckle, my retina is reattached and the visual outcome is better than expected!

Mr El-Amir has also carried out some preventative surgery to a hole in the retina of my other eye and he continues to monitor me regularly. Without him, I would certainly have lost my eyesight. Knowing that he is just a phone call away between check-ups is the greatest comfort I could ask for.

My retinal detachment and associated ROP have been very emotionally challenging. Mr El-Amir is such a great support, a very kind positive gentleman, as well as a talented surgeon. My eye journey has had difficult times but ultimately has led myself and my family to reassess so much and we are now following our dreams. I truly cherish the eyesight that I have; I no longer take it for granted!

My family and I would like to thank Mr El-Amir; I can still work and grow my business, I still have my driving license and can still drive! To celebrate, I bought the car that I’d always wished for and I live my life with a new sense of gratitude."

Laura Hall

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