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- Oculoplastic surgery
- Surgical lacrimal
I am a consultant ophthalmologist at the Countess of Chester Hospital where I am the clinical lead for the Emergency Ophthalmology service and also specialises as an Oculoplastic Consultant. Aside from general ophthalmology and primary care I have three main surgical areas of expertise and specialist interest; oculoplastic surgery, lacrimal surgery and cataract surgery.
A little bit about me... I grew up on the Wirral and along with the traditional sciences I studied fine-art at school and pursued this to A-level achieving the highest mark in my year. I am still a keen artist today and often tells my patients that Art has been the best foundation-block to my career as a surgeon.
I graduated from The University of Leeds Medical School in 2009 and worked as house officer in Yorkshire before spending a year working in Emergency Medicine in Cairns, Australia. I returned to the UK and took up my ophthalmology registrar training based in the Mersey region. Here I spent time working at the world-renowned St Paul’s Eye Hospital in Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. I then completed a yearlong fellowship within training in oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital surgery at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. This was followed by a further 18-month fellowship in oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital surgery at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
What services do I offer?
I am a highly trained oculoplastic surgeon and I particularly enjoy performing blepharoplasty surgery removing excess eyelid skin to rejuvenate the peri-ocular area. I also have expertise in lifting droopy eyelids (ptosis surgery) and correcting eyelids that have rolled out or inwards (ectropion/entropion surgery).
I provide precise, safe and efficient cataract surgery for routine and complex cases. I offer monofocal and premium intraocular lenses
I also have expertise in the diagnosis and surgical management of watery eyes.
I have extensive experience treating emergency eye conditions and general ophthalmology conditions such as medical glaucoma
I believe in providing all my patients the highest quality service with a comfortable and relaxed patient journey.
Mr Hickley sees his patients in his dedicated consultation room at Instinct Wellness in Tarporley, Cheshire and operates at Spire Cheshire. He also sees patients at North Wales Eye Correction Centre in Bangor.
Areas of interest
Oculoplastic surgery; Cataract Surgery; Lacrimal (watery eye) Surgery; Cosmetic eyelid surgery; YAG laser capsulotomy; upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty; ectropion & entropion correction; ptosis correction; eyelid cancer removal and eyelid reconstruction; eyelid lumps and bumps removal; eye removal and socket surgery; blepharitis assessment and management; thyroid eye disease management;
Cataract surgery; routine and complex cataract surgery; monofocal and premium intraocular lenses; topical (injection free) local anaesthetic; YAG laser capsulotomy;
Lacrimal surgery; external and endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) surgery for watery eyes; dry eyes; general ophthalmology; emergency ophthalmology/urgent red eye
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Oculoplastics and Cataract Surgery
Spending time with my family, playing golf, skiing, keeping fit, art, painting and traveling
• Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine toxicity. Nicholas M Hickley, Ahmed Al-Maskari, Martin McKibbin. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(11):1506-1507. PMID 22084231
• Monovision: a refractive consideration in cataract surgery after vitrectomy? Carrim ZI, Hickley NM, Bishop F. Int Ophthalmol. 2012 Aug 10. PMID 22878623
• A 72-year-old patient with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) spectrum disorder: A case report. R Buccoliero, N Hickley, K Sansam, A Gough, D Scullion, S Hasan, A Cerase. European Geriatric Medicine 3(2012) 240-241
• Glaucoma - Medical Management. Hickley N, Nguyen D. Optician opticianonline.net 12/06/2015
• Glaucoma - Surgical Management. Nguyen D, Khan A, Hickley N. Optician opticianonline.net 10/07/2015
• 6-weekly bevacizumab versus 4-weekly ranibizumab for neovascular age-related macular degeneration: a 2 year outcome. Chiam PJ, Ho VW, Hickley NM, Kotamarthi V. Int J Ophthalmol. 2016 Apr 18:9(4):551-5 PMID 27162727
• Vertical lid split to aid excision and reconstruction of conjunctival tumours involving the fornices. N Hickley, A McCormick, J Hsuan. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2020 Dec 9. PMID: 33315844. Online ahead of print.
- MBChB University of Leeds 2009
- FRCOphth Royal College of Ophthalmologists 2017
- Oculoplastic, Lacrimal and Orbital Fellowship Liverpool Universities NHS Foundation Trust 2019
- Oculoplastic, Lacrimal and Orbital Fellowship within training Manchester Royal Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 2018
Reference number 7039559
Details of entry to specialist register
- Ophthalmology, 2020
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Member of British Oculoplastic Surgical Society
- Instinct Wellness78 High StreetTarporleyCW6 0AT
- 09:00 - 13:00
- 07598 697977
Post treatment communication
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Please contact me via my secretary on 0798697977 and email firstname.lastname@example.org