New Retinal OR makes more eyesight-saving surgeries possible!

Don Carter is one of the lucky ones. Each year 4,700 British Columbians lose their vision. Don, a 67-year-old fishing fanatic and beekeeper, could have lost his after a blow to the head caused his retina to detach. Thankfully, Dr. Hugh Parsons saved his sight with a procedure that keeps the retina in place by inserting a gas bubble into the eye’s vitreous fluid.

Today, Dr. Parsons heads the retinal surgery team at Surrey Memorial’s renowned Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre where Don is a regular visitor. Dr. Parson’s team has a lot to celebrate these days with the recent opening of a state-of-the-art new retinal operating theatre (OR) that will allow for 500 more eyesight-saving surgeries per year for retinal detachment, protrusions in the macula, diabetic retinopathy and more. The new OR will reduce wait times by 50%, allowing for more timely treatments and better outcomes for patients.