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- Cataract Full Pathway provider
I offer Bupa customers standard cataract surgery on the Full Pathway package option at Spire South Bank Hospital, Spire Little Aston 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.
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I was appointed as consultant ophthalmic surgeon in the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust in 2013. I trained in Oxford and London, where I gained advanced sub-specialty skills in cataract, cornea, transplantation and external eye disease. A senior clinical and research fellowship in Nottingham followed this, again concentrating on diseases of the anterior segment, ocular surface and complex transplantation. Throughout my training I have developed a special interest in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of glaucoma.
My research into cataract surgery incision imaging has been recognised throughout the world. I was one of the first surgeons to look at techniques for improving cornea micro-wound architecture using optical coherence tomography. This work led to improvements in blade design and the understanding of how to create better and safer incisions. I have published extensively on the subject of cataract surgery as well as writing book chapters on the subject. I was also the first author of a major Cochrane review update comparing multifocal intraocular lenses with mono focal lenses for cataract surgery. These type of lenses aim to correct both distance, middle and reading vision to help patients be less dependent on glasses. I carefully and prospectively audits my work. My outcomes are compared to the best international benchmarks. My current cataract and clear lens exchange surgery complication rate for posterior capsule break since starting as a consultant in 2013 is 0.00% (n=1800). This is in spite of a case mix of very complex surgical cases. I run the cornea graft service and over the past 3 years has performed over 100 endothelial cornea grafts (DSEKs), one third of these have either been combined with cataract surgery or deemed complex cases. Despite this I have over a 99% surgical success rate and a 100% record at graft utilisation using a manual hand dissection Melles' technique. Internationally, I run surgical wet labs teaching new microsurgery techniques to produce ‘ultra-thin’ cornea DSEK transplants.
I have a keen interest in the techniques and equipment used in micro-incision cataract surgery and complex cases. In particular the commercially available “Calladine capsulorhexis forceps” have helped to improve the quality and safety of micro-incision cataract surgery. I am a keen exponent of the latest techniques for stabilising the cornea in keratoconus, using collagen cross-linking with a UV laser setting at 10mWcm2. This produces approximately a 50% depth ‘cross-linking’, which augments the strength of the superficial cornea while not damaging the endothelial cells on the inside of the cornea. My latest interest for glaucoma is the new range of micro “bypass stent” inserted via the anterior chamber directly into the trabecular meshwork, to reduce intraocular pressure. This will augment my already wide experience in selective laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma. I have a passion about patients being actively involved in their glaucoma care, in particular reviewing progression data mapping, to ensure stability in the condition.
Areas of interest
Glaucoma;Cataract; refractive cataract surgery; clear lens exchange; laser eye surgery; cornea graft surgery; lamellar DSEK and DMEK cornea grafts; Cornea disorders; ocular eye disease; dry eye; laser trabeculoplasty; Yag laser
- Demi-Leigh Burfitt
- Spire South Bank Hospital 139 Bath Road Worcester WR5 3YB
- 01905 362280
- 01905 362296
Reference number 6077390