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- Cataract Full Pathway provider
I offer Bupa customers standard cataract surgery on the Full Pathway package option at Great Western Hospital, Spire Thames Valley Hospital .
This package includes your appointments before and after surgery, as well as your surgery and mono-focal lenses. It means you won’t use up your out-patient benefit or receive any additional bills from your surgeon (or anaesthetist, if you need one) for eligible treatment.
Please call the Bupa Eye Care team to find out more about and to pre-authorise your treatment on 0345 600 7267.
- Oculoplastic surgery
- Surgical lacrimal
Melanie’s undergraduate training was at Cambridge University and the Royal Free Hospital, London. After graduation in 1997 she underwent thorough and comprehensive training in all aspects of ophthalmology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and as a Specialist Registrar at Oxford Eye Hospital. She also completed 2 years of intensive research on cataract outcomes leading to a higher degree at Great Ormond Street Hospital/University College London. Melanie also trained intensively for 2 years in eyelid and tear drainage surgery. This advanced sub speciality training was at Oxford Eye and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals.
Areas of interest
Cataract surgery; oculoplastics; eyelid surgery; ectropion; entropion; droopy eyelids; droopy brows; ptosis; eyelid lumps; eyelid tumours; thyroid eye disease; watery eyes; itchy eyes; general ophthalmology; loss of vision; glaucoma; field defects; YAG laser; dacryocystorhinostomy; blocked tear ducts; blepharoplasty; eyelid cancers;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Melanie Chak was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Great Western Hospital, Swindon to lead the oculoplastics service. She provides a comprehensive service for patients with disorders of the eyelids and tear drainage systems. She also provides small incision cataract surgery and leads clinics in acute and general eye conditions.
Miss Chak has published widely mostly on her research on cataracts and oculoplastics disorders. She has presented nationally and internationally including at the British Oculoplastic Surgeons Society and the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery meetings.
Spending time with my boisterous three young children
Relaxing with friends
Allergan sponsorship: American Academy Chicago
AMO Sponsorship: World Ophthalmology Congress
Pharmacia Sponsorship London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
Alcon Laboratories Sponsorship London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
Sir William Lister Award: Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Ada Jane Hunter Elective Bursary
Zeneca Pharma Elective Bursary
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Hebrew (modern)
Rectangular 3 snip punctoplasty: preservation of the lacrimal pump in punctoplasty surgery. Chak M, Irvine F, Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2009 Mar-Apr;25(2):134-5
Incidence and factors associated with paediatric postoperative glaucoma: findings of the British Congenital Cataract Study. Chak M, Rahi JS, British Congenital Cataract Interest Group Ophthalmology 2008 Jun;115(6):1013-1018
The health related quality of life of children with congenital cataract: findings of the British Congenital Cataract Study. Chak M, Rahi JS, British Congenital Cataract Interest Group British Journal Ophthalmology July 2007;91:922-6
Long term visual acuity and its predictors after surgery for congenital cataract: findings of the British Congenital Cataract Study. Chak M, Wade A, Rahi JS British Congenital Cataract Interest Group Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci Oct 2006;47:4262-9
Spontaneous choroidal haemorrhage in a myopic patient on aspirin. Chak M, Williamson T. Eye May 2003;17(4):525-7.
Uveitis initiating an autoimmune reaction resulting in Goodpasture’s Syndrome in a Chinese gentleman. Chak M, Stanford MR, Poon W, Tungekar MF, Goldsmith D, Graham EM. British Journal of Ophthalmology Oct 2002;86(10):1188-90.
The role of vitrectomy in idiopathic uveitis. Poon W, Chak M, Williamson T. Continuing Medical Education Journal July 2002;(6):192-5
Thrombophilia; genetic polymorphisms and their association with retinal vascular occlusive disease. Chak M, Holder GR, Graham EM, Stanford MR. British Journal of Ophthalmology July 2001;85(7):883-886.
Sept 2007 ESOPRS, Slovenia Poster presentation: Lid closure problems following uneventful external dacryocystorhinostomy Chak M, Khooshabeh R
Feb 2006 World Ophthalmology Congress, Brazil Oral presentation: Correction of postoperative ametropia Chak M, Rosen P
April 2004 ARVO Poster presentation: Predictors of open angle glaucoma following congenital cataract surgery: findings of the British Congenital Cataract Study. Chak M, Rahi JS, Wade A, British Congenital Cataract Interest Group
June 2012 BOPSS, Leicester Poster presentation: Improving consent for oculoplastic procedures. Chak M, Khooshabeh R
June 2008 BOPSS, Newcastle Poster presentation: Patient Satisfaction following eyelid surgery in an outpatients setting Derriman L, Chak M, McKewan D, Hague S
Courses offered to GPs
Free talks available through the hospitals. Please contact my secretary for upcoming dates.
- FRCOphth Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2010
- MD University College London 2006
- MBBS University of London 1997
- MA University of cambridge 1997
- BA University of Cambridge 1994
- Advanced Subspeciality Training in oculoplastics Stoke Mandeville Hospitals 2009
- Fellowship oculoplastics Oxford Eye Hospital 2008
Reference number 4421001
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2010
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Medical Council, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
Member of the British Oculoplastics Surgeon Society
Member of the British Medical Association
Member of the Medical Defence Union
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Please call 07904286062