Eye Clinic

The Saint James Eye Clinic offers a comprehensive set up which includes the latest in diagnostic equipment together with a team of experienced doctors both local as well as foreign.

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  • IntroCataract
  • Glaucoma-treatment
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  • What-are-IOLs
  • Diabetic-Retinopathy
  • Intro Cosmetic-Surgery
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Besides the diagnostic services, the following interventions are regularly performed:

  • Cataract surgery
  • Trabeculectomy (for glaucoma)
  • Lacrimal duct intubation surgery
  • Minor ocular surgery
  • Refractive surgery (for the removal of spectacles or contact lenses)
  • Argon Laser
  • Yag Laser

Saint James Hospital was the first medical service provider to introduce refractive laser surgery to the private sector in Libya. The surgery is used for patients who wish to correct their vision and stop using their glasses once and for all. Results are excellent and other treatment options can be provided for those candidates that may not be suitable to undergo excimer laser treatment.

Cataract Surgery

IntroCataractBoasting an international presence addressing well over 150,000 patients every year, Saint James Hospital commands a wealth of expertise when it comes to cataract surgery.

Although not a threatening condition, dealing with partly cloudy vision can be frustrating especially when it becomes serious enough to interfere with your daily activities. It is at this point that you will undoubtedly need to have your cataract removed to rectify the problem and this is specifically where Saint James Hospital can help.

Saint James Hospital offers no less than the very best in caring for you. Besides having professional and hands-on staff, our hospitals are well equipped to make the process as pleasant and relaxing as possible. With sutureless phalcoemulsification, (the most popular form of cataract surgery performed the world over), the procedure takes no longer than twenty minutes and your life can return to normal.

Glaucoma (Raised Intraoccular Pressure)

Glaucoma-treatmentGlaucoma is a condition caused by increased pressure in the eye which, if left untreated, can lead to permanently damaged vision and blindness in the effected eye. The increased pressure in the eye leads to damage in the optic nerve, which is the nerve responsible for carrying sight images to the brain. Over time, the patient’s vision will begin to deteriorate because of further damage done to the optic nerve.

Glaucoma can generally be divided into two main types: “open angle” and “closed angle”. Open angle glaucoma is chronic, generally painless and progresses slowly; in fact many patients do not notice lost vision until the disease is significantly advances. Close angle glaucoma, on the other hand, is an acute condition which can appear very suddenly and progress rapidly. Owing to the painful onset of close angle glaucoma, many patients seek medical attention before the damage becomes too severe.

Once glaucoma is diagnosed, there are several treatments which will help to stop any further sight loss. Sadly, any sight which is lost before treatment begins can never be regained, as there is currently no complete cure for the damage done by glaucoma. Early detection and diagnosis can help patients to retain as much of their eye sight as possible.

Laser Vision Correction

what-is-laser-eye-treatmentLaser vision correction, or laser eye surgery as it is also commonly called, is a procedure which uses a cool beam of light from an excimer laser to gently reshape your cornea. Delicate reshaping of the cornea, which acts as the front ‘window’ to theeye, will correct the eye’s focal point, allowing for clearer vision.

Over 22 million patients around the world have already benefited from the corrective effects of laser vision surgery. Capable of treating vision problems such as short sightedness (myopia), far sightedness (hypermetropia or hyperopia) and astigmatism (uneven focusing ability), laser vision correction has become the most common elective surgical procedure in the world.

Patients who are suitable candidates for laser vision correction can enjoy lasting clear vision after undergoing a 10 minute outpatient procedure. After this you can be free to enjoy the active, vibrant lifestyle you have always wanted, without concerning yourself with glasses and contact lenses.

If you would like to undertake testing for eligibility or would simply like more information about the procedure, get in touch with us here.

Intraoccular Lenses

What-are-IOLsAn intraocular lens (IOL) is a lens implanted in the eye used to treat cataracts or myopia. The most common type of IOL for cataract treatment are known as psuedophakic IOLs which work by replacing the crystalline lens which has been clouded over by cataracts.

The second type of IOL, more commonly known as a phakic IOL (PIOL), is a lens which is placed over the existing natural lens used in refractive surgery to change the eye’s optical power as a treatment for myopia or nearsightedness. IOLs usually consists of a small plastic lens with plastic side struts, called haptics, to hold the lens in place within the capsular bag inside the eye.

Most IOLs fitted today are fixed monofocal lenses matched to distance vision. However, other types are available, such as multifocal IOLs which provide the patient with multiple-focused vision at far and reading distance, and adaptive IOLs which provide the patient with limited visual accommodation.

Diabetic Eye Conditions

Diabetic-RetinopathyThe longer a person has diabetes, the higher their chances of developing diabetic retinopathy. This leads to blood vessels in the retina becoming blocked, swollen or leaky and thus weakening it. If blood sugar levels stay high, diabetic retinopathy will keep getting worse.

New blood vessels grow on the retina, and although it may sound like a good thing, the blood vessels are weak and can break open very easily. This will cause blood to leak into your eye causing blurred vision, scar tissue, retinal detachment or macular edema (the swelling of the macula which can cause legal blindness).

The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy are not immediately apparent. Most of the time, there are no symptoms of diabetic retinopathy until it starts to change your vision. Regular trips to your ophthalmologist can find the problem early enough and treat it to prevent vision loss.

If you would like a check-up, contact us directly to book an appointment with a member of our professional staff.

Cosmetic Eye Surgery

Intro Cosmetic-SurgeryAs we age our face is stretched and pulled downward by gravity. Facial expressions repeatedly crease our skin and deepen wrinkles over time. Although most people welcome the “character building” lines that time provides, many are uncomfortable with them especially if they make us look older than we feel.

Cosmetic eye surgery improves the appearance of the upper eyelids and lower eyelids giving them a rejuvenated appearance and making you look more rested and alert. It can also remove the excess skin and fat from around your eyes giving you a more youthful appearance.

Treatments available at St James Hospital also include Squint Correction, Ectropion and Entropion of the Eyelids as well as Eyelid and Peri-coular skin cancers.

To find out more, get in touch with us and book an appointment with a member of our staff.

Other Treatments

othertreatmentsWATERING EYE

Watering eyes is when tears are produced without any obvious reason.

It is caused when tears don’t drain away properly (epiphora) or too many tears are produced (hypersecretion). Epiphora and hypersecretion can occur as a result of conditions such as conjunctivitis (eye inflammation), an eye injury, or something irritating your eye, such as car fumes


Dry eye syndrome, or dry eye disease, occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly as the oil glands are blocked or abnormal. This leads to the eyes drying out and becoming inflamed (red and swollen) and irritated.

The condition is also known as dry eyes or keratoconjunctivitis sicca. If the main problem is a blockage of the oil secreting glands, then the condition is called blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction or lid margin disease.


A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth of the clear, thin tissue (conjunctiva) that lays over the white part of the eye (sclera). One or both eyes may be involved.