Angela recently visited the Optegra Eye Hospital in the Surrey Research Park to open their new second theatre.
"It was a pleasure to meet the team at Optegra Eye Hospital Surrey on the occasion of their 15th anniversary. I was interested to hear about all the support they provide both NHS and private patients in the region, and particularly the high volumes that they are able to treat, particularly now they are launching the new second theatre.
"This is such good news for the people of Guildford and surrounding areas, as they can access this important surgery more quickly, with clinicians providing excellent outcomes. And it is also good news for the Royal Surrey Hospital, as Optegra can support local cataract patients in order to free up their surgeons' time for other ophthalmic conditions."
The company has progressed from treating around 3,000 NHS cataract patients pre-pandemic, to over 35,000 in the past year. Optegra treats NHS patients with minimal waiting lists – just a two week wait for consultation following referral, and four-six weeks for treatment.
Optegra also provides vision correction surgery – from laser eye surgery, to lens replacement, to implantable contact lenses – as well as options on private cataract surgery and AMD treatments.
Angela would like to thank Optegra NHS Director Richard Armitage, ophthalmic surgeon Alex Shortt and all the team at Optegra for showing her around and answering her questions.