About Laura Crawley

I’m a consultant ophthalmic surgeon with specialist interest in glaucoma, cataract surgery and common red eye conditions such as blepharitis and conjunctivitis. My patients are people who want to be highly informed, understand all of their options and work together with me to ensure the best possible eye care outcomes.

Is laser cataract surgery better than traditional cataract surgery?

At present, there is no evidence to suggest that laser-assisted cataract surgery is better than the “traditional” microsurgical cataract procedure. The actual cataract removal technique is the same.

By |2019-03-11T10:20:48+00:00February 15th, 2019|Cataract Surgery|0 Comments

The quickest and easiest way to get rid of a chalazion!

The key to getting rid of it as soon as possible is to apply heat directly to the affected lid to dilate the blocked gland opening. This will also soften the trapped material within the blocked duct, making it easier for it to be massaged out with gentle pressure. The key to doing lid heat and massage effectively is to aim for 1-2 minutes of heat and to use a cotton flannel or muslin - they are thicker than cotton wool and will hold the heat for longer. Warm tap water is fine for heating the cloth, and it should feel soothingly warm rather than very hot. You will need to rewarm your flannel under the tap to achieve 60-90 seconds of heat and make sure that you are holding it over the opening to the blocked duct or gland. Often people hold the flannel around the eye socket, but this is too far away from the affected area to be helpful.

By |2018-08-16T10:05:01+00:00August 16th, 2018|Chalazion|0 Comments

If you have glaucoma and need cataract surgery

A fast-track treatment for individuals with glaucoma who also need cataract surgery is a game changer because it dramatically reduces the time that patients will spend in surgery and recovery. Thanks to medical advances, both conditions can now be treated in the same operation, meaning that the recovery time for patients is exactly the same as for a single cataract operation. Laura Crawley and her colleagues at the Western Eye Hospital at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust were one of the first teams in the UK to offer revolutionary laser therapy and micro-stent implants to glaucoma patients.

By |2018-06-20T12:53:14+00:00June 20th, 2018|Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma Treatment|0 Comments

How can you pay for your cataract surgery costs?

Costs of private cataract treatment are an important consideration for all patients when doing their research. It varies depending on whether you are privately insured or self-funding your treatment. Here is how surgeons define what private cataract surgery costs.

By |2018-05-09T14:19:40+00:00May 1st, 2018|Cataract Surgery|0 Comments

How your life expands after cataract surgery

Since the advent of the modern micro-incisional cataract removal technique known as phacoemulsification more than 20 years ago, surgery has become safer. This means patients can have safe cataract surgery much earlier than ever before and the change in your quality of life is transformative. People live much longer today than ever before and maintaining independence is crucial to them and their families.

By |2018-04-17T16:10:01+00:00April 16th, 2018|Cataract Surgery|0 Comments

Glaucoma symptoms – 5 important warning signs you need to see a professional right away

Glaucoma in its commonest form is entirely asymptomatic and you cannot rely at all on noticing a change in vision or other eye symptoms to alert you to the possibility that you might have early disease. However, there are some important warning signs you should not ignore.

By |2018-04-26T14:57:45+00:00April 12th, 2018|Glaucoma Treatment|0 Comments

How your life feels like its shrinking before you get cataract surgery

Cataracts are a fact of life. The human lens ages as we get older and the lens inside our eye loses transparency over time. Just as we cannot stop wrinkles from developing, we cannot stop cataracts from developing entirely. You can counteract these changes in vision if you get cataract surgery.

By |2018-04-11T16:05:33+00:00April 11th, 2018|Cataract Surgery|0 Comments

Can you avoid blindness by checking for glaucoma at home?

Many of the patients who were registered blind in 2016-2017 potentially could have avoided this devastating vision loss if an eye healthcare professional picked up their glaucoma earlier. Don't be among those who rely on at home tests only to have their glaucoma fail to be detected until it's too late.

By |2018-03-21T11:14:40+00:00April 4th, 2018|Glaucoma Treatment|0 Comments

If you’re over 60 you can’t afford to wait another year for your next eye exam

Glaucoma, like diabetic retinopathy, has no symptoms in the early stages. The early stages are the golden opportunity to diagnose and treat the condition so that you never lose significant vision in your lifetime. Having a routine eye examination doesn’t hurt, is easy and doesn’t involve long waits for test results.

By |2018-03-21T11:13:19+00:00March 28th, 2018|Eye conditions, Glaucoma Treatment|0 Comments
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