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Enucleation Patient Information package now live

The Eye and Ear has partnered with the World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH) and other leading member institutions including Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Moorfields) in the UK and Kellogg Eye Centre in the US to fill a gap in patient education related to enucleation. Enucleation is the surgical removal of the eye that leaves the eye muscles intact to support the insertion of an artificial eye.

 

A Nurse Unit Manager at the Eye and Ear, Mitchell Wilson, knows first-hand about the anxiety and challenges experienced by such patients, after having had an eye removed as a child. This experience, led him to champion an international collaboration project of Eye Hospitals to develop an education package that support patients facing this surgery.

 

 

At The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital we see around 60 penetrating eye injuries every year that require surgery, mainly men aged between 20 and 59. Most are a result of accidents that could have been avoided if the person was wearing good eye protection. During COVID-19 we are seeing an increase in injuries from household cleaning products, DIY and gardening.

Director of Emergency Associate Professor Carmel Crock has one clear message “Use protective eyewear”.

To access the Enucleation Patient Information package, please click here.

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