Leader of Tonbridge and Malling Council, Cllr Matt Boughton, cuts the ribbon to open Optegra Eye Clinic Maidstone (inset), with lead ophthalmic surgeon Mr Robert Petrarca (left) and clinic manager Ibrahim Toma (right)
Specialist eye hospitals network Optegra Eye Health Care is expanding with the launch of a new clinic in Kent.
Optegra Eye Clinic Maidstone, in Kings Hill, will initially focus only on NHS cataract surgery.
It aims to extend its treatment offering to also include private cataract surgery and vision correction surgery from laser eye surgery to lens replacement and implantable contact lenses.
Optegra Maidstone’s new clinic
The clinic will treat all cataract and lens replacement patients on site, but laser eye surgery patients will have pre- and post-op clinics there and their treatment at Optegra’s flagship hospital in the London’s Harley Street district ‘with travel expenses covered’.
It will be run by Mr Ibrahim Toma, who has worked in Optegra for almost three years.
Lead ophthalmic surgeon Mr Robert Petrarca said he was excited to join the new venture.
He added that Covid had led to a large backlog of cataract patients awaiting treatment and his team were delighted to be able to support people in the Kent region with speedy access to treatment.
Richard Armitage, NHS director for Optegra, said: ‘We have worked closely with the NHS for a decade and since the pandemic this work has really stepped up a gear.’