Vitreo Retinal Surgery | UPMC Whitfield

Vitreo Retinal Surgery at UPMC Whitfield Hospital

Offering a wide range of services and treatments in vitreo-retinal surgery

Our comprehensive approach includes collaborating with your general practitioner to ensure you are getting the best possible solution for your condition.

Vitreo Retinal Surgery Services

Vitreo Retinal Surgery is a sub-specialty of ophthalmic surgery and treats the following conditions:

1. Retinal detachment

Retinal detachment is when the inner lining of the back of the eye (your retina) peels off the inside wall of the eye (just like wallpaper peeling off a wall).

Without surgery, the retina can not reattach itself and blindness will result. Retinal detachments need to be assessed and repaired by a vitreo retinal surgeon.

2. Epiretinal membrane

An epiretinal membrane (ERM) refers to an irregular surface involving the centre of the retina (the macula), and results in distorted vision.

Epiretinal membranes are treated by peeling the offending membrane from the surface of the macula, using a vitreo retinal surgical technique.

3. Macular Hole

Macular hole refers to a defect at the centre of the retina. It can be treated in a small proportion of cases with an injection, but in most cases the macular hole requires vitreo retinal surgery to repair the defect.

4. Vitreous Haemorrhage

The most common cause of vitreous haemorrhage, which refers to bleeding into the back of the eye, is diabetic eye disease. If the blood does not clear in a reasonable time, vitreo retinal surgery will be required so that the retina can be fully assessed and restore vision to the patient.

Contact Details

Vitreo Retinal Surgery Department


Consultants in Vitreo Retinal Surgery

Mr. Eugene Ng


Eye Casualty Ophthalmology


Micro incision cataract surgery and micro incision vitreo-retinal surgery




Eugene Ng graduated from University College Dublin in 2001 and brings over 10 years of ophthalmic surgical experience to the Institute of Eye Surgery, Waterford.

Having trained in ophthalmic surgery at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, University College Hospital Galway, Cork University Hospital, and Limerick Regional Hospital, he is a familiar face to local ophthalmic surgeons.

Prior to returning to Ireland, Eugene was appointed Vitreo-Retinal Fellow at the New Zealand National Eye Center.

Eugene Ng specialises in micro-incision cataract and vitreo-retinal surgeries.

He is a recipient of multiple research grants and principal investigator on multi-million euro budget optics projects with a common goal of reversing optical degradation through eye surgery.

As co-founder of an ophthalmic innovation company and inventor on several ophthalmic pending patents, he has been invited to lecture on more than 30 occasion at various American, European and local meetings.

Mr. Ng has been an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmologists since 2001 and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons since 2009.

He wishes to continue spending some of his free time in Kenya as a volunteer ophthalmic surgeon.

Contact Details

Eye Casualty Department

Practise Manager: Liz Roche
Tel: 051 319850
Fax: 051-319849
Suite: 14

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