Mr Stephen J Talks 03285275




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  • Cataract Full Pathway provider

    I offer Bupa customers standard cataract surgery on the Full Pathway package option at Nuffield Health Newcastle upon Tyne 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.


About me

I am a senior Consultant Ophthalmologist with specialist expertise in cataract surgery and medical retina conditions such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. I perform around 600 cataracts a year. I lead the medical retina service at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne. I am an internationally recognised expert in this field. I am a member of the Vision Academy, an international group of experts from around the world, who develop guidelines of care and am a member of Oxford Congress Council. I have been a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist's Council and Scientific Committee for 6 years, stepping down at the end of my term in 20I8. I have attended Advisory boards for Bayer, Novartis, Allergan and Alimera Science.
At the Royal Victoria Infirmary I and my team operate on about 16 cataracts a week. At the Nuffield Health Hospital I use standard, toric and multifocal intraocular lenses if required. As the thought of cataract surgery can be stressful I also have an anaesthetist with me who can offer some calming medicine if desired.
My Private consultations are usually at the Nuffield where I have use of an OCT to accurately image the retina in addition to the full range of ophthalmic equipment expected. Additional imaging can be organised at the Royal Victoria Infirmary if needed.
I am actively involved in clinical trials of potential new treatments and ways of managing conditions, currently on diabetic maculopathy, retinal vein occlusions, central serous retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Areas of interest

Cataract surgery ; Cataract surgery including toric and multifocal lens implants ; Medical retina including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy ; Intravitreal injections ; Eye - external disorders ; Glaucoma

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  • Newcastle Nuffield appointments
  • Nuffield Health Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital Clayton Road Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 1JP
  • 0191 281 6131
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