For over 10 years I have worked as an NHS consultant ophthalmologist. I came to the north-east originally in 2003 to join the Specialist Training Programme in ophthalmology. During this time, I developed an interest in the management of patients with cataract and also patients with glaucoma, another common and potentially serious eye condition. When I completed my training, I worked in London at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital for almost 2 years on a Glaucoma Fellowship before returning to the north-east to work as a consultant at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary. I enjoy operating, with a good safety record and am regularly asked to manage complex cases.
Along with this regular NHS work I have an interest in education, supporting ophthalmic trainees on the Training Programme and taking an active role in their development. I also have research interest where, for example, I assist in the development of new drug treatments for glaucoma and improvements in surgical outcomes for patients with cataract or glaucoma. I work closely with the industry to help develop and refine safer equipment which will ultimately improve patient care and satisfaction.