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Green dye helps hospital eye team see clearer

Worcestershire patients suffering from sight loss are benefiting from an enhanced imaging procedure at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

For the first time in the county, the hospital’s eye team is using a green tracking-dye to get a clearer picture of the condition of a patient’s eye. Previously this detailed level of diagnosis was only available at specialist eye hospitals.

Implemented by Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Salman Mirza, the Indocyanine Green (ICG) angiography works by injecting a green dye into a vein in the patient’s arm and photographing their eye as the dye travels through it.

Mr Mirza said “The photographs help us to see the circulation in the deepest layer of the eye. This helps us diagnose and treat certain problems involving patients’ central vision, such as reading, writing and recognising faces, much earlier on, before symptoms start to get worse.”

July Linton, Junior Ophthalmic Sister said “The clinics are going really well so far. We’ve just held our fifth one, seeing around four patients each time.

“We’ve been using a different, yellow dye up until now. This green dye lets us see so much more detail in the eye which really helps us get a better understanding of each patient’s individual condition.”

Patients across Worcestershire are now able to attend these clinics closer to home, without having to travel out of the county.

Senior Ophthalmic Sister, Lucy Waldock said “It’s so great that we can now offer this enhanced service to our patients.

“Not only does this local service mean less travel time and anxiety for patients, but our team has really benefitted from this too. It’s been a great learning opportunity for all of us, we all feel like we’ve learnt so much through using this new technique.”