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Ophthalmology is a surgical specialty. If you wish to enter ophthalmology you will need to have an aptitude for microsurgical skills. You should therefore already have good hand-eye coordination. Good binocular vision and stereopsis is considered to be an advantage for all ophthalmologists in surgical procedures, clinical assessment and in the interpretation of some investigations.
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Our ophthalmology team serves all of the Trust’s geographical area and will also provide treatment for patients in the East Grinstead area with retinal disorders.

Every year, around 45,000 patients are seen by our doctors, including children, as we have a consultant specialising in paediatrics and a dedicated paediatric operating list.

We perform around 3400 operations every year at both East Surrey and Crawley Hospitals, with around 98% of procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic. For patients with special needs or phobias, we will offer surgery under general anaesthetic.

At East Surrey Hospital, there is a dedicated theatre for local anaesthetic such as cataracts, retinal surgery and oculoplastic surgery and a separate theatre for general anaesthetics for cataract, retinal, paediatric and glaucoma surgery. There is also a dedicated treatment room for the treatment for macular degeneration.

In Crawley hospital’s day centre, local anaesthetic procedures are carried out for cataracts, glaucoma and oculoplastic conditions, and some general anaesthetics operations are also done there.

Education and Clinical Teams

Dr Ben Mearns

Ms Kelly Weston

College Tutor 

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Dr Natalie Powell

Ms Sengal Nadarajah

Clinical Lead

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Ms Fiona O’Sullivan

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Mr Luke Herbert

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Mr Ijaz Sheikh

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Ms Kapka Nenova

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  • Limpsfield

Education Campus Reception

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Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Trust Headquarters
East Surrey Hospital

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