Vitreous and Retinal Surgery for Vision improvement

Mr Kolb is one of four full time NHS Vitreoretinal surgeons at Europe's largest teaching hospital, St James University Hospital in Leeds. This serves the large population of Leeds, and is also a tertiary referral centre supporting other Yorkshire NHS hospitals. The unit treats tens of thousands of eye patients every year.

The retina is the 'photographic film' at the back of the eye, it forms an image from light which is focused by the cornea, and the internal lens of the eye. The vitreous is the clear gel that fills the void between the eyes internal lens and the retina. Problems with either of these parts of the eye can cause visual symptoms such as floaters, blurring and distortion. Surgery can correct or improve most of these problems. Vitreoretinal surgery is usually complex, and requires specific training to become proficient in the treatment of vitreous and retinal eye health problems. Mr Kolb offers treatment for conditions such as Vitreous floaters, Epiretinal membrane, macular hole, vitreomacular traction, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments and other vitreoretinal disorders. He uses the most advanced, up to date equipment and techniques for treating Vitreous and retinal disorders.

You may often be referred by your GP, Optometrist or another Ophthalmologist (eye Doctor) to a Vitreoretinal surgeon, who will discuss with you the options and details of available treatments. Like cataract surgery, the treatments for most vitreoretinal conditions can be performed with local anaesthetic. The surgery usually takes around 30 minutes to complete. With any operation, general anaesthetic (being put to sleep) can also be used if required, however with privately funded treatments, this option is only available with Mr Kolb at the Spire Hospital Roundhay.

Plese use the links below to download patient information leaflets from the British and Eire association of Vitreoretinal surgeons.