Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorder

Ophthalmologists specialise in vision care and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye. Our service is available to adults and children.

Ophthalmology Services:

  • Cataract Surgery
  •  Eyelid Surgery
  •  Intravitreal treatment for Age Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal vein occlusions
  •  Diode laser treatment for Diabetic eye disease
  •  Screening and Management of Diabetic eye disease, Age Related Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma
  •  Assessment and treatment of cornea and ocular surface disease, including Dry Eye Syndrome

Age related Macular Degeneration

Assessment and management of age related macular degeneration

Age related Macular Degeneration

Assessment and management of age related macular degeneration

Flashes and Floaters

Flashes are due to the vitreous jelly traction on the retina giving the effect of a small flash of light and floaters are as a result of debris in the vitreous jelly that may float pass through the visual axis and cause the patient to see an image such as a fine line, a “blob”, or a ‘cobweb” which may move.

Flashes and Floaters

 

 

Flashes are due to the vitreous jelly traction on the retina giving the effect of a small flash of light, which often happens in the peripheral vision. Floaters are as a result of debris in the vitreous jelly that may float pass through the visual axis and cause the patient to see an image such as a fine line, a “blob”, or a ‘cobweb” which may move.

Flashes and floaters are usually not concerning, but one in ten patients with these symptoms may have a retinal tear, which requires treatment. Symptoms may persist for months or even years.

These types of symptoms may suggest development of a “retinal tear” or “retinal detachment”, they are:

  • - Sudden increase in the flashes
  • - They become persistent such as being present all day
  • - Floaters which become much larger
  • - Loss of vision
  • - The impression of a curtain coming down, coming up or moving sideways

If you experience these symptoms, you should be seen by your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist as soon as you can

Ophthalmology

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Anthony Cullinane
Consultant Ophthalmologist
General Medicine, Ophthalmology Ophthalmology
Bon Secours Hospital Cork
Phone: 021 4941358 Fax: 021 4941360

Mr. Anthony Cullinane

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Biography

REFERRALS

Please note that Mr Cullinane does not accept any referrals via Healthlink - all referrals are to be posted to his secretary in his private rooms.  

Contact Details

  • Mr. Anthony Cullinane
  • Suite 2.B, Consultants Private Clinic, Wilton, Cork
Tom Flynn
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Ophthalmology
Bon Secours Hospital Cork

Mr Tom Flynn

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Biography

Tom qualified from University College Cork in 1999 and began his ophthalmology training in Cork.  He moved to London in 2004 where he was awarded a PhD for research on corneal transplant immunology at Moorfields Eye Hospital/University College London, Europe's largest centre for eye treament and research.  He underwent higher specialist and senior fellowship training at Moorfields.  He has been a Consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields since 2013, specialising in the anterior segment of the eye; cornea, cataract and laser eye surgery.

Tom's commitment to providing high-quality patient care has been recognized through Clinical Excellence Awards.  His cataract surgery outcomes, as reported by the UK National Ophthalmology Database, are consisently better than the UK consultant national average.  He has trained surgeons all over the world and has published widely.  His research has influenced local and national policies e.g. hurling-related eye injuries were significantly reduced as a result of early research he carried out in Cork 

For more information please visit https://www.drtomflynn.com/

Areas of Interest

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Corneal transplantation (for keratoconus, infection, scarring, Fuchs' dystrophy)
  • Keratoconus management including corneal crosslinking 
  • Laser refractive surgery 
  • Lens-based refractive surgery (refractive lens exchange and intraocular collamer lens for patients unsuitable for laser-eye surgery)
  • Diseases involving the ocular surface: dry eye, allergy, rosacea, infections (conjunstivitis, keratitis) 

Qualifications

MB BCH BMEDSCI PHD FRCSI(OPHTH) FRCOPHTH CERTLRS

Contact Details

  • Mr Tom Flynn
  • Tom Flynn Eye Clinic, Affidea, The Elysian, Eglinton Street, Cork
Behrooz Golchin
Consultant Ophthalmologist
Ophthalmology
Bon Secours Hospital Cork
Phone: 021 4341030/32 Fax: 021 4341033

Mr. Behrooz Golchin

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Biography

Mr. Behrooz Golchin was appointed by the Bon Secours Hospital as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Senior Clinical Lecturer in 2011, having practiced in Cork since 2005.

Mr. Golchin completed his secondary education at Wesley College Dublin and studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin, graduating as a doctor in 1991.He completed his ophthalmology training in the  U.K. and Northern Ireland and become a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London in 1998.

Mr. Golchin was successful in attaining sub speciality training in cornea and anterior segment diseases in Sydney eye hospital in Sydney, Australia. He was fortunate to have trained under the supervision of renowned corneal specialists Dr. Lyon Robinson, Dr. Kathleen McClellan, and Dr. Gerard Sutton.

Having completed a year in Sydney he was awarded a certificate of completion of clinical fellowship in the cornea from Sydney eye Hospital and a certificate of admittance as a visiting Scholar from Save Sight Institute in Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia. Upon completion of his consultancy training, he was awarded the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) from The Specialist Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges, UK in 2003.

Cork Eye Clinic

 “Providing an excellent standard of care has always been my utmost concern, with this aim in mind I created relaxed and comfortable, state of the art, fully equipped rooms at the Cork Eye Clinic.  My investment in the latest Diagnostic and therapeutic technologies is to ensure a more comprehensive service for my patients, these tests are carried out in-house in consideration for patient time and ease. Through the use of educational videos and digital media my patient receives a further understanding of their diagnosis and the treatment process, this increases compliance and therefore improves the overall effectiveness of treatment.”  - Mr. Behrooz Golchin

Areas of Interest

Sub speciality interests

Cataract, Cataract surgery, Anterior segment, Corneal disease, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Diabetes and Dry eye

Additional Information

New Services at the Cork Eye Clinic

Rapid Access Eye Clinic (R.A.E.C): -

 We provide patients with recently occurring medical eye conditions with an ophthalmological assessment within 24-48 hours.* Appointments must be made by a GP or Optometrist only.

Paediatric Clinic: -

We accept paediatric referrals for children aged 1 and above with: presence or suspicion of a squint, reduction in vision, presence or suspicion of refraction error and ocular motility defects. Patients will receive a comprehensive orthoptic assessment, refraction and a fundus and media check along with treatment and management of amblyopia (lazy eye).

 

Procedures

CATARACT

Cataract Surgery: -

To date, Mr. Golchin has performed over 15,000 cataract surgeries.  The cataract is removed by a surgical technique called phacoemulsification. The cataract is replaced with a permanent artificial lens implant. This surgery is carried out through a very small incision which reduces healing time and speeds up the visual rehabilitation of the eye. Cataract surgery is performed as a day case procedure and carried out under topical anaesthesia (needle-free) i.e. anaesthetic drops with no injections; this avoids a local anaesthetic injection, which can be painful, and a source of stress for patients. Topical anaesthesia is free from side effects associated with other forms of local anaesthesia.

YAG laser capsulotomy:-

Sometimes Posterior Capsular Opacification (PCO) is referred to as a "secondary cataract," however; it is not really a cataract. Once a cataract is removed, it does not come back. About 20 % of patients with uncomplicated cataract surgery develop haziness of the posterior capsule and therefore blurry vision. YAG laser treatment can treat posterior capsular opacity safely and effectively. This procedure known as YAG laser capsulotomy takes only a few minutes and is painless.

GLAUCOMA

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty: -

This is a treatment for patients who have open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. It is used when eye drop medications are not lowering the eye pressure enough or are causing significant side effects. It can also be used as initial treatment for glaucoma. The trabecular meshwork is around the periphery of the iris and is where fluid made in the eye drains out of the eye. This meshwork is treated directly with the laser to improve drainage through it, thereby lowering the eye pressure.

MACULAR DEGENERATION

ANTI-VEGF Intra Vitreal Injections:-

A common way to treat wet macular degeneration targets a specific chemical in your body that causes abnormal blood vessels to grow under the retina. That chemical is called vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF. Several new drug treatments (called anti-VEGF drugs) have been developed for wet AMD that can block the trouble causing VEGF.  Blocking VEGF reduces the growth of abnormal blood vessels, slows their leakage, helps to slow vision loss, and in some cases improves vision.  Mr. Golchin administers the anti-VEGF drug (such as Lucentis or Eylea) directly to your eye and this is performed as an outpatient procedure.

DRY EYE

Intense pulsed light (IPL): -

We are the very first ophthalmologist Clinic in Ireland providing this exciting treatment. Intense Pulsed Light has been used for decades for hair removal and the treatment of skin conditions but has recently come to the fore in the treatment of dry eyes.  IPL targets the blood vessels surrounding the oil-producing glands of the eyelids (known as the Meibomian glands) resulting in better eyelid appearance and better function of the eyelid gland.

Punctal Plugs for Dry eye: -

Punctal Plugs are tiny, biocompatible devices inserted into the tear ducts to block tear drainage. These increases the eyes tear film and surface moisture to relieve dry eyes.  Also known as punctum plugs, lacrimal plugs or occluders, these devices are often no larger than a grain of rice.  Punctal plugs are usually considered when eye drops fail to relieve your dry eye condition.

BlephEx for treatment of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids and eyelashes. Common symptoms of blepharitis include dandruff like flakes, redness, sandy feeling, burning, itching and a sticky sensation in the eyes. If Blepharitis is left untreated, the eyelid glands can become clogged and infected. This can cause styes, dry eye syndrome, corneal ulcers and unsightly crusted scales and debris on the eyelids.  BlephEx improves the overall health of the eyelid and reduces many of the common symptoms associated with blepharitis.

LUMPS & BUMPS

Meibomian Cysts:-

A Meibomian cyst and a stye are both lumps in or along the edge of an eyelid. Symptoms of a chalazion or styes are treated with one or more of the following methods; warm compresses, antibiotic ointments or a steroid injection. If a large chalazion or stye does not heal after other treatments or if it affects your vision Mr. Golchin may need to drain it in surgery.  The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic in the Outpatients Department at the Bon Secours Hospital.

For more information on the complete range of services provided by Mr. Golchin and his team please visit our website www.corkeyeclinic.ie

 

Qualifications

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCOphth

Appointments

Referrals and Enquiries email:

bgolchin@corkeyeclinic.ie

Contact Details

  • Mr. Behrooz Golchin
  • Suite 7 & 8, Clinic A, Cork Clinic, Western Road, Cork

Secretary

Gerard O’Connor
Consultant Ophthalmologist
General Medicine, Ophthalmology Ophthalmology
Bon Secours Hospital Cork
Phone: 021 4344096 Fax: 021 4545770

Mr. Gerard O’Connor

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Biography

Ophthalmic Surgeon.

Cataract Surgery.

Paediatric Ophthalmology.

Appointments

Referrals & Enquiries Email:

oconnoreyesurgeon@gmail.com

Contact Details

  • Mr. Gerard O’Connor

Secretary

Session Times

10am to 1pm2pm to 4.30pm

To access these services, you will need a letter of referral from your GP.

To make an apppointment, please contact 

021 - 4941358 for Mr Anthony Cullinane

021 - 4341030/32 for Mr Behrooz Golchin

021 - 4344096 for Mr Gerard O'Connor

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