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I offer the Full Pathway cataract surgery package for Bupa customers ...more
I offer Bupa customers standard cataract surgery on the Full Pathway package option at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Spire Alexandra Hospital, BMI The Somerfield Hospital, KIMS Hospital Limited, Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells 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.
Professor Ansari, FRCOphth MD, is Lead Clinician for Ophthalmology and head of glaucoma services at the Trust. He has trained extensively in the UK and abroad and has been a Consultant since 2001. He completed a highly regarded glaucoma fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, and as International Glaucoma Association Fellow, he completed a higher degree, MD, in glaucoma.
His area of expertise includes modern micro-incision cataract surgery (MICS) by phacoemulsification and he has vast experience in specialised intraocular lens technology including accommodative and multifocal lenses.
Glaucoma treatments include trabeculectomy, glaucoma tube/ valve implantation and laser treatments such as YAG, ALT, SLT and cyclodiode lasers. He has an international reputation for minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) including XEN gel stent and I-Stent implantation.
He also provides a general ophthalmology service that covers the full breadth of conditions in adults, children and also emergency work.
He has research affiliations with the University of Kent at Canterbury and is also developing a Masters degree in Ophthalmic Surgery (MCh) at Christchurch College, Canterbury. He is actively involved in clinical trials at the burgeoning eye research unit at the Trust and has conducted research into new drops for glaucoma and dry eye, and XEN gel stent for glaucoma. He lectures extensively in the UK and abroad.
He is also an examiner at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and an advisor to Clinical Commissioning Groups for the provision of community based eye care schemes.
Areas of interest
Cataract (phaco) surgery (micro-incision cataract surgery - MICS, day case); Glaucoma - medical, laser and surgery; Modern laser techniques for glaucoma - SLT, cyclodiode; Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery: I-Stent, XPress valve, augmented trabeculectomy with ologen implant / mitomycin C; XEN glaucoma implant; Triggerfish investigation; Paediatric ophthalmology; Corneal surgery / disease / pterygium; Strabismus ('squint'); Ocular oncology; Eye - external disorders; Lacrimal disorders; Oculoplastics; Dry eye and blepharitis: lipiflow treatment; Refractive surgery (non-laser): Implantable contact lens (ICL); Refractive lens exchange / MICS + multifocal lens implants, accomodative lens implants, light adjustable lens (LAL)
- Marie Fowkes
- Kent Medical Secretarial Services Ltd Kent Institute Of Medicine & Surgery Newnham Court Way Weavering Maidstone ME14 5FT
- 01622 538119
- 01622 538262
Current NHS consultant posts held
Maidstone & Tonbridge Wells NHS Trust
My research interests are in quality of vision following cataract and laser refractive surgery and the latest laser and surgical techniques in the treatment of glaucoma.
Research and publication interests: Optimising quality of vision in cataract surgery. New laser & surgical techniques for glaucoma.
I enjoy sports, bird watching, hill walking and love relaxing with my young family. I am a keen cricketer, golfer and enjoy exploring the countryside and wildlife.
I am an excellent teacher, having given many national and international presentations and focus on strengthening hospital links with the community.
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
Hospital Consultants and Specialist Association
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
International Glucoma Association
Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisation (FIPO)