A new specialist eye clinic has opened at North Eastern Community Hospital providing state-of-the-art treatment for local patients.
Specialist Eye North East is a comprehensive eye clinic led by Ophthalmologists Dr Adam Rudkin and Dr Jaz Aujla, with a focus on quality care for patients who require treatment for conditions such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
Ophthalmologist Dr Adam Rudkin said the clinic aims to simplify care for patients in the North Eastern suburbs, particularly those who currently have to travel to other parts of Adelaide to receive regular treatment.
“Macular degeneration is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in people older than 60,” Dr Rudkin said.
“It is often a treatable condition, and as more people are being diagnosed with ‘wet’ macula degeneration, there is an urgent need to facilitate care.
“Most patients don’t want to have to travel long distances to receive treatment. For some people treatment is needed every four weeks. That is a huge burden on the patient with deteriorating vision, and their families too. If treatment can be provided locally, I think that’s appreciated.”
Specialist Eye North East opened last month, with patients benefitting from management in North Eastern’s state-of-the-art theatre, which includes a range of industry-leading ophthalmology equipment not available at many other hospitals, including computer assisted lens alignment for patients with astigmatism.
Ophthalmologist Dr Jaz Aujla carried out the first eye surgery at North Eastern in March and is treating patients with Dr Rudkin at Specialist Eye North East. He says North Eastern Community Hospital is the perfect place to base their new clinic.
“At North Eastern we’ve got state-of-the-art facilities for all types of surgery, in particular cataract surgery,” Dr Aujla said.
“There is a definite need in the area. Currently a lot of patients have to seek care by going into the city, so for patients who might be elderly or may have limited support or methods of transport, I think there has been a real lack of services for them in the North Eastern region.
“By providing comprehensive ophthalmic services it’s going to be so much more convenient for those people who need regular treatment.”