Our Consultants

Our consultants are some of the most experienced and well respected in the North West of England. They all work full time in local NHS teaching hospitals. They are all highly trained and very experienced in general ophthalmology, cataract surgery and in each of their respective sub specialist areas.

Mr. Mark Batterbury

Mr. Mark Batterbury treats:

General ophthalmology
Refractive surgery
Blepharitis, dry eye and lid cysts

Mr Mark Batterbury BSc, MB BS, DO, FRCS, FRCOphth
Mark Batterbury, consultant ophthalmologist at St. Paul's Eye Unit in Liverpool since 1995, qualified from Guy's Hospital in London in 1984. He trained in ophthalmology in Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester and Australia. He is Director of Clinical Studies and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the University of Liverpool. In addition to being an author of many scientific publications, his textbook of ophthalmology, now in its third edition, has sold over 20,000 copies.

His clinical expertise comprises:
Small incision cataract surgery with insertion of toric lens implants for astigmatism and multifocal lens implants for presbyopia
Glaucoma, including trabeculectomy, non-penetrating surgery and tube implants
Refractive surgery of all kinds
Corneal and external eye disorders, including corneal transplant surgery

He is seen as a national opinion leader in these fields.

Outside of ophthalmology, he participates in running marathons and triathlon, though not at an elite level!

Mr. Nicholas Beare

Mr. Nicholas Beare treats:

General ophthalmology
Age-related macular degeneration
Diabetic eye disease
Blepharitis, dry eye and lid cysts

Mr. Nicholas AV Beare MA, MB.ChB, FRCOphth, MD

GMC number: 4121545

Sub-specialty: Medical Retina

Specialist Interests: Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Cataract Surgery, Diabetic Eye Disease, Retinal Disease and Inflammatory Eye Disease.

Mr. Beare is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with a special interest in disease of the retina including AMD, diabetes and inflammatory diseases. His special surgical interest is in cataract surgery.

Mr. Beare is a Consultant at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where is the lead clinician for the treatment of macular degeneration (AMD) treating people with retinal conditions from Liverpool, Cheshire, North Wales and the North-West. He has extensive experience in the assessment of ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ AMD, and in the treatment of wet AMD and other conditions with injectable medicines such as Lucentis, Ozurdex and Eylea. His cataract service includes treatment of astigmatism and multifocal lens implants. He also provides a general ophthalmology service, including glaucoma, lid disease and dry eyes. He strives to ensure patients have an understanding of their condition and treatment options.
Mr. Beare qualified from Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. He undertook specialist training in Ophthalmology at Bristol Eye Hospital and St Paul’s Eye Unit, Liverpool. In addition he worked in Malawi for 3 years culminating in a thesis on Malarial Retinopathy, for which he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) by the University of Liverpool.

He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the University of Liverpool. He continues research on malaria, and is also involved in international trials of new treatments for AMD, uveitis (inflammation of the eye) and diabetic eye disease. He has written numerous scientific papers, as well as the ophthalmology section in two medical textbooks on tropical diseases.

Mr. Beare lives in south Liverpool with his wife and three children. He enjoys cycling and running and getting out into the countryside with the family. He has had photographs published in two calendars, and been short-listed for the Sir David Attenborough Wildlife Photography Prize.

Mr. Michael Briggs

Mr. Michael Briggs treats:

General ophthalmology
Age-related macular degeneration
Diabetic eye disease
Blepharitis, dry eye and lid cysts

Mr Michael Briggs MBChB (University of Glasgow), FRCS (Ed, Ophth)

Special clinical interests: Cataract and minor eyelid surgery
Acute (emergency) ophthalmology
Laser treatment of retinal disease (diabetic retinopathy/retinal vein occlusion)
Treatment of retinal disease with anti-VEGF agents (Lucentis & Avastin) and intravitreal steroid implant (Ozurdex)

Research interests: Treatment of macular oedema secondary to retinal vein occlusion with ant-VEGF agents and steroid implant (Ozurdex).

Current NHS and /or university posts: Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Year of first medical qualification: 1986

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

I have expertise in acute (emergency) ophthalmology, general ophthalmology, cataract and minor eyelid surgery and the medical treatment of retinal disease (this includes injections into the eye (Lucentis or Avastin) for the wet type of age related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease and either injections (Lucentis or Avastin) or steroid implant (Ozurdex) for retinal vein occlusion and also laser treatment to the back of the eye.

My practice at Spire Liverpool Hospital reflects my practice at St Paul’s Eye Unit where my biggest commitment is to the emergency / new patient clinic at St Paul’s (Primary Care Clinic). As a consequence I am used to dealing with patients who present with a wide variety of symptoms.
I undertake treatment of those diseases, which are within my expertise and refer on to a colleague with the necessary specialist expertise if necessary, for example, those that require retinal surgery.
My medical retina practice is supported by a very comprehensive imaging service at Spire Liverpool Hospital, which minimises the interval from diagnosis to treatment in, for example, the wet type of macular degeneration.

I have a regular once per week outpatient clinic at Spire Liverpool Hospital. I see new patients referred either by their general practitioner or their optometrist, there are one or two new patient slots on each of my clinics so that requests to see new patients can always be accommodated within two weeks and I am perfectly happy for new urgent cases to be added to the end of the clinic if necessary.
I am originally from Glasgow and obtained my medical degree at the University of Glasgow in 1986. My early medical training was predominantly in Glasgow but the majority of my training in Ophthalmology has been at St Paul’s Eye Unit and I was appointed to a consultant post there in 2001. 
I am married to a doctor and we have four children, the eldest of whom is also now training to be a doctor. Our home is in Crosby, Liverpool.

Outside of medicine and my family my interests are predominantly of a sporting nature, I take part in triathlons, marathons and other shorter distance road races. I also play golf regularly and occasionally tennis or squash.

Mrs. Anshoo Choudhary

 Mrs. Anshoo Choudhary treats:

General Ophthalmology


Cataract Surgery

Blepharitis, dry eye and lid cysts

Mrs Anshoo Choudhary MBBS, MS(Ophth), FRCOphth, MD

GMC number: 5205469

Sub-specialty: Glaucoma

Specialist Clinical Interests: Medical and Surgical management of glaucoma
Non-penetrating glaucoma surgery (Viscocanalostomy/ Deep Sclerectomy)
Insertion of glaucoma shunts (Ahmed Glaucoma Valve Implant)
Small incision cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) combined with glaucoma surgery

Mrs Choudhary is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. She is the lead clinician for glaucoma and provides a tertiary referral service for glaucoma for the North West, Wales and Cheshire.

Initial medical and ophthalmology training was from the University of Rajasthan, India. Subsequent training in ophthalmology was at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, one of the centres pioneering in non-penetrating glaucoma surgery in the UK. She was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmologist in 2010. She specialises in Non-Penetrating Glaucoma Surgery (Viscocanalostomy/Deep Sclerectomy) and insertion of aqueous shunts (Ahmed Glaucoma Valve) for glaucoma. She also provides General ophthalmic care and small incision cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) including cataract surgery combined with glaucoma surgery.

She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include: molecular and genetic basis for the pathogenesis of glaucoma, correlating psychophysical deficits in glaucoma with visual pathway changes in the brain and clinical trials in non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, new treatments for glaucoma and IOP monitoring. She continues to be a principal investigator and co-investigator on many clinical and basic science studies. She has published and presented her work both nationally and internationally.

Mrs Choudhary lives with her husband and daughter in Blundellsands, Liverpool. She enjoys travelling, gardening, music and dress designing in her free time.

Mr. Jonathan Durnian

Mr. Jonathan Durnian treats:

General ophthalmology
Blepharitis, dry eye and lid cysts

Mr. Jonathan Mark Durnian B.Sc(Med Sci), MB.ChB, FRCOphth

GMC number: 4695141

Jon’s main aim in his career is to give his patients the absolute finest Ophthalmic care combined with the most comfortable experience possible in such a potentially stressful situation.

He is a graduate of both St. Andrews and Manchester Universities having over 10 years experience in Ophthalmology. He was appointed Lead Ophthalmic Consultant in Oculo-Motility and Strabismus at the

Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 2010. His post-graduate training took him to such varied locations as Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and the Mayo clinic in the USA but his spiritual home is in Merseyside.
Currently he works as a full-time NHS Consultant in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Strabismus mainly at St. Paul’s Eye Unit in Liverpool but also providing a satellite Neuro-Ophthalmology clinic for the Walton Centre for Neurosurgery and Neurology.

He is an honorary lecturer for the University of Liverpool and works as the Royal College of Ophthalmologist Tutor for St. Paul’s Eye Unit.

He has an extensive research portfolio, mainly dealing with squint, but also encompassing all aspects of ophthalmology. This can be found here (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=durnian).
Outside of Ophthalmology, Jon’s main interest is his family, having two lovely daughters and residing in Cheshire. When his children aren’t taking up all of his extra time, he is a keen marathon runner and is currently studying for his B.Sc in Astronomy.

Prof. Simon Harding

Prof. Simon Harding treats:

General ophthalmology
Retinal diseases including diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration

Prof Simon Peter Harding MB ChB, FRCS, FRCOphth, MD
GMC number 2511139

Professor Harding specialises in the diagnosis and management of retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. He also provides a general ophthalmology service. His NHS practice is at St. Paul’s Eye Unit in The Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he holds an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon position.

Professor Harding is Chair Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Head of the Department of Eye and Vision Science at the University of Liverpool. He leads a number of national and international research programmes researching innovative methods of preventing and treating visual loss due to retinal disease.

He is President of the European Association for the Study of Diabetic Eye Complications and serves on a number on national committees leading research and service development.

Prof Harding lives in South Liverpool. As his children have now grown up his wife is now able to join him on his work related travels and have some holiday as well.

Mr. Ian Marsh

Mr. Ian Marsh treats:

General ophthalmology
Blepharitis, dry eye and lid cysts

Ian was appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in University Hospital Aintree in 1990. He has developed a well respected and known strabismus unit at that Hospital with both Regional and Supra Regional referrals. He also examines children at Aintree but operates on these patients at Whiston Hospital in a dedicated childrens unit on the NHS. He also introduced Botulinum toxin treatment into Liverpool and has performed over 2500 of these injections for strabismus.
Both Jon and Ian collaborate in academic studies on strabismus and are interested in so called ‘cosmetic’ strabismus. They also regularly contribute presentations and posters to the European Strabismus Association and British Isles Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Association

Mr. Austin McCormick

Mr. Austin McCormick treats:

General ophthalmology
Cosmetic eyelid surgery
Cosmetic tear trough filler
Eyelid surgery
Lacrimal surgery (watery eye)

Mr. McCormick graduated from The University of Sheffield Medical School, UK in 1997. His ophthalmology training continued in Sheffield before moving to Liverpool to complete his ophthalmic surgical training. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 2007 and is included on the GMC Specialist Register (reg. no: 4438005).

He completed 2 Oculoplastic Fellowships each for 1 year: Auckland, New Zealand and Manchester UK. During these he specialised in Oculoplastic, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery.

He specialises in surgical and non-surgical oculofacial rejuvenation in addition to reconstructive eyelid surgery, lacrimal surgery for watery eyes, thyroid eye disease surgery and orbital surgery.

He currently works as a Consultant in the NHS at The University Hospital Aintree, a teaching hospital in Liverpool, providing a regional oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital service.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth).

He is a member of The British OculoPlastic Surgery Society (BOPSS). He recently was part of the organising committee for he BOPSS national conference in Liverpool 2014.

For more information on Mr. Austin McCormick see his own website www.austinmccormick.co.uk

Prof. Ian Pearce

Professor. Ian Pearce treats:

General ophthalmology
Age-related macular degeneration
Diabetic eye disease
Retinal detachment
Blepharitis, dry eye and lid cysts

Professor Ian Pearce MB ChB BSc FRCOPHTH

Professor Pearce is Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon at St Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Liverpool Eye Clinic, One Penny Lane providing specialist services for AMD, Vitreo-Retinal surgery (including macular hole, vitreomacular traction and epiretinal membranes), Diabetic Eye Disease, Uveitis and Cataract surgery.

He is Director of the Clinical Eye Research Centre at St Paul’s Eye Unit and Honorary Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Liverpool’s Department of Eye and Vision Science.

Since 1993, Mr Pearce has been involved in clinical research to deliver the highest quality care to patients with retinal disease. He has been principal/chief investigator for numerous international and national trials of novel treatments and therapies such as intravitreal injections of Ozurdex, Lucentis, Eylea, Avastin and Ocriplasmin (Jetrea) and surgical management of AMD involving radiotherapy.

He is ex-President of the Ophthalmic Imaging Association, and member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Professional Standards Committee. He is the nominated Specialist Clinical Expert Advisor to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the appraisal of novel technologies including Lucentis, Eylea, Ozurdex , Ocriplasmin (Jetrea) and intraocular radiotherapy. For the Department of Health he is chair of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens TSE Ophthalmic Sub-group.

As well as delivering numerous invited international and national lectures Mr Pearce has authored 3 National Guidelines, 3 Book Chapters ( Evidenced-based Management of Diabetes, Complications of Vitreo-retinal Surgery, Barton and Powers Clinical Negligence) and over 60 publications cited >1000 times .

He has trained many UK and international retinal specialists through St Paul’s Eye Unit fellowship programmes, is Regional Representative for the Royal College of Opthalmologists, Mersey Deanery Programme Director for Medical Ophthalmology and examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Mr Pearce’s clinical work at the forefront of management of retinal disease has been highlighted by several articles by Sky News, BBC and Daily Mail :





Further Details can be found at Mr Pearce’s personal Website


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